TONBRIDGE LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE

MORGAN SCOTT IS A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER WHO OWNS BREATHE IMAGE. HE ALSO RUNS THE LOCAL TONBRIDGE INSTAGRAM FEED @TONBRIDGELIFE. HERE, HE TELLS US WHY HE LOVES WHERE HE LIVES…

Where do you live?
Tonbridge.

How long have you lived there and what made you decide to move there?
Two and half years ago. My wife and I moved to Tonbridge from North London on Valentine’s Day, so romantic! Muswell Hill is very expensive to buy property so we looked for the ideal commuter town to potentially buy a house and start a family; which we did.

What’s your favourite shop locally?
Neptune, they sell luxurious home furnishings and I could happily just move in there! Tonbridge still has lots of potential to up its high street shop game and I would love to see more independent boutique shops. Although it’s an online shop, I do like Hide & Home, who are Tonbridge based and make gorgeous artisan leather products.

Where’s the best place to go for a Sunday stroll?
It has to be Haysden Country Park. If you follow the River Medway from Tonbridge Castle, through the sports ground and around Barden Lake you won’t be disappointed. It really is stunning all year round.

The best place to get a cup of coffee?
Hands down its 65mm Coffee in The Old Fire Station. They are true coffee artisans and really love what they do. On the river bank, we also have Beyond The Grounds which has a great atmosphere and the perfect view of the castle. I do sometimes cross the border into Hildenborough for a coffee hit and sausage sandwich at Cafe 1809 which is owned by British Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes.

Where do you take people when they come to visit?
Tonbridge Castle is a must. However, I also take people to Ightham Mote, Scotney Castle and Knole in Sevenoaks which has the most beautiful park with roaming deer. I’m a big National Trust geek and have a lifetime membership, so I make sure I take advantage of that.

What’s the night life like where you live?
It’s more pub than club. However, we now have a Fuggles Beer Café which has a great vibe with its massive gin and ale selection, so it’s the start of things to come.

Are there any nice views nearby?
I can recommend taking the green walking route at Ightham Mote, you’ll come across a breath-taking view half way round. Also, if you walk the circular route at Penshurst Place you get a pretty special view from there too.

If you’re looking to relax and unwind, where’s your favourite place to go?
A good workout helps me relax. I go to a superb boutique gym called Anatomy 37 in Tonbridge, they mean business there and the community there is really positive.
A secret spot that many are unaware of is the Tonbridge School Memorial Gardens behind their grand facade. Just pop through the arch and you’ll find it.

Where’s the best place to meet friends and socialise?
I usually work a quadrant of The Ivy House, Fuggles Beer Café, The Old Firestation and Ye Olde Chequers Inn for a proper old pub. On a sunny day, I take the family and friends for a picnic in Tonbridge Park.

What do you do when you spend a weekend or day off in the local area?
I will grab my camera and go off exploring the area in search of the perfect picture for the Tonbridge Life Instagram feed I run. I’ve had wonderful comments from my followers saying everything from “I didn’t know that was there, thanks for sharing” to “Thanks for showing off what a great place Tonbridge is.” It’s the perfect combination of enhancing my community, exploring and of course indulging in my passion for photography.

Why do you love where you live?
Over the last two years in Tonbridge, I’ve been continuously surprised by the town and what the surrounding countryside has to offer. I’ve created some of my best new memories here from buying our first house, the birth of
our daughter, exploring Kent, creating @TonbridgeLife and making new friends. I feel that I’m becoming part of the community here and that’s why I love where I live.

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