Margate, Manchester and London have some of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods

Brits are battening down for the winter and cutting their costs where possible, but some are still looking to take a break somewhere to relax.

But, you don’t have to spend a fortune and go abroad to enjoy somewhere new.

Brits should consider a staycation at one of these five UK neighbourhoods which have been named some of the coolest in the world in new rankings.

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Cliftonville in Margate, Shawlands in Glasgow, Walthamstow in London, the Northern Quarter in Manchester and Kelham Island in Sheffield all featured Time Out's 51 coolest neighbourhoods in the world for 2022.

The new poll placed Cliftonville in the top 10 as it took eighth place.

The neighbourhood is in a Kent town well-known for Tracey Emin, inspiring JMW Turner and a very impressive art gallery, but according to Time Out, Cliftonville “buzzes with a different kind of energy” which is cooler than its Old Town.

The publication noted: "It’s home to one of the UK’s most thriving artistic communities, largely due to an influx of creative ex-Londoners who’ve flocked to the area’s affordable housing and studio spaces, plus the massive tidal ocean pool at Walpole Bay.

“The neighbourhood’s spine is Northdown Road, which is a block back from the coast and stretches from the Old Town to Palm Bay.

"Until recently a parade of charity shops and bookies, Northdown is now home to record shops, cafés and conscious groceries, as well as game-changing community-funded venues like queer bar CAMP and gallery Quench."

Time Out asked 20,000 people living in cities as well as local experts and asked them to rank the best hotspots for fun, food, culture and community.

Not all of the neighbourhoods were in the UK – the top spot was snagged by Colonia Americana in Guadalajara, Mexico.

"It may be little explored by foreigners, but Guadalajara is known by many Mexicans as the country’s cultural capital – and right now, Colonial Americana is the epicentre of its underground scene," Time Out wrote.

Meanwhile, second place was nabbed by Cais do Sodré in Lisbon and Wat Bo Village in Siem Reap, Cambodia took the final spot on the podium.

The five neighbourhoods in the UK that made the list are below…

1. Cliftonville in Margate

Cliftonville took the eighth spot in the global rankings, being praised by Time Out for being "home to one of the UK’s most thriving artistic communities".

Highlights include Northdown Road, where you’ll find record shops, cafés "as well as game-changing community-funded venues like queer bar CAMP and gallery Quench".

2. Shawlands in Glasgow

Taking 11th place in the rankings, this Glasgow spot has impressed with its parks, art scene and foodie haunts, from restaurants to coffee shops. For a day to remember, recommendations include brunch at Café Strange Brew, snapping a selfie with a Highland cow in Pollok Park, and exploring the art spaces and vegan eateries to be found.

3. Walthamstow in London

Despite having a local reputation for having "hoppy IPAs, sourdough pizza and obnoxiously expensive houseplants", this London neighbourhood offers plenty of arts and crafts, creative spaces and studios with everything from yoga to climbing walls.

For those who enjoy a tipple or two, there are plenty of breweries and taprooms to explore.

4. Northern Quarter in Manchester

Taking the 30th spot in the rankings, this Manchester neighbourhood has proven a hit. Time Out recommends: "Stevenson Square and some surrounding streets have been permanently pedestrianised, making for a fresher stroll around the centre of the city’s café and bar culture, with its stunning mix of Georgian houses, Victorian pubs and modern hangouts."

5. Kelham Island in Sheffield

This man-made island from the 1100s is now a must-visit for those after a fun night out. "Once home to derelict warehouses and a few old-school pubs, Kelham Island has undergone a hefty transformation", explains Time Out. "Those old boozers (thankfully) remain but Kelham’s once-empty spaces are now filled by a glut of independent bars, restaurants, shops, cafés and breweries."

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