There’s no doubt that Hastings and St Leonards have a lot to offer. Go down to the seafront and the beaches are pristine. There are interesting walks in both directions; Bexhill is a few kilometres to the West, and the beach can be followed almost all the way (via the lovely little ‘Café By The Beach’) to the restored Art Deco De La Warr pavilion for lunch. Head East out of the hotel and meander through the historic old part of town to the Hastings Country Park - essentially an extension to the rolling hills of the South Downs.
“' Hastings and St Leonards is the new Notting Hill'”
Situated next to the historic fishing beach in Hastings’ picturesque Old Town, the award winning Jerwood Gallery is home to the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century British art, and a diverse temporary exhibition programme.
Without doubt, the best thing about Hastings is the Old Town. Billed by Tatler as ‘The New Notting Hill’(!), the series of cobbled, winding streets around old fishermen’s houses just off the seafront are littered with antique arcades, junk shops, vintage clothes shops, retro furniture shops and a good selection of bars and restaurants. Shops with wonderful wordplay names such as ‘Cobblers to The Old Town’ and ‘The Vinyl Countdown’ can be found here, as well as ‘The Dragon Bar’ - Hastings’ funkiest bar that feels like our own little slice of Shoreditch!