The Quirkiest Places Celebrities Have Been Spotted in Kent Including Ed Sheeran, Niall Horan, and More

Although humble Kent County is right on par with Hollywood when it comes to stardom, that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a real draw for a few big names.

While the area is currently home to big names in the industry while others grew up here, the area also attracts celebrity visits from all over.

Many may already be aware of the famous faces currently residing in the county, but seeing a major TV star stop for lunch outside your local pub is an experience few have had.

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But that is exactly what has happened across the county and on many occasions there is clearly something in the air here in the Garden of England that attracts celebrities from all over.



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From football legends to international pop stars, some truly iconic names have popped up in the most humble places.

So here are the biggest names to unexpectedly pop up in Kent.

Niall Horan – Sandwich



A fan meeting of Niall Horan in Sandwich

one for all Directions there, a very well-known face made an appearance on Sandwich in the summer of last year.

Former One-Direction member Niall Horan was spotted in the area during the 149th Golf Championship in July.

He even took the time to stop for a photo with a fan during a visit to The New Inn pub.

The pop idol was also pictured refilling her water bottle at Royal St George’s Golf Course during her visit.

Ed Sheeran – New Romney



Ed Sheeran takes a selfie with some of the juniors who played in the Ladies 1st XI game

Ed Sheeran is one of the biggest superstars on the planet.

So, it’s fair to say the manager of Greatstone Fish Bar near New Romney was absolutely stunned when Ed turned up in 2019 for prawns and chips.

Kam Bains, 27, said, “I talked to him for ten to 15 minutes.”

“There was no one in the store, he died around 2:30 p.m.

“He just walked into the store with his wife. They had food and then they left.

“They ordered scampi and fries twice, they had the same food.”

He continued: “He was asking me how it was and I was asking how it was.

“He’s good, down to earth and very humble, and his wife, they’re both very down to earth people.

“They have no ego at all.”

“When he left he shook hands with me and his wife. It was great. I still can’t understand.

After enjoying food on the Romney Marsh, the pop superstar then headed to Hollybush Lane in Sevenoaks on Sunday to watch a hockey game.

Ed was watching the Ladies 1st XI match, cheering on his wife Cherry Seaborn who had recently transferred from Wimbledon to the Harleston Magpies.

Rio Ferdinand-Beckenham



Beckenham’s Mega Café owner Deniz with Rio Ferdinand

We’re moving from the music scene to the sports world now with this huge name.

Patrons of Beckenham’s Mega Café were surprised when footballing legend Rio Ferdinand popped in for a bite to eat.

The former Manchester United defender stopped by the cafe for a full English breakfast in September last year.

The staff at the then freshly renovated cafe were more than happy to serve such a sports icon.

Jack Whitehall – Whitstable



Jack Whitehall has been slammed for taking his dog out in the scorching weekend heat
Jack Whitehall was slammed for taking his dog out in the scorching heat last summer

A visit to Kent that caused a bit of controversy this time around, Jack Whitehall was spotted in Whitstable making the most of the fleeting British summer.

The comic is well known for his hit comedy shows such as Bad Education and Fresh Meat as well as his stand-up performances on shows such as Live at the Apollo.

He did, however, receive some criticism from fans online when he posted a photo of himself on the Whitstable seafront with a furry companion.

Instagram commenters feared Jack’s dog would be walked during the remarkably high temperatures at the time.

Roy Keane – Maidstone



Roy Keane (right) pictured with a member of staff

Back in the sports world, and this time with a less spotty smile.

Former Manchester United and Ireland football star Roy Keane traveled to Maidstone for a little makeover at The Hair Bear in Bearsted, Maidstone.

The barbers co-owner said she was “honored” by the star visit during which he had his beard shaved off.

Pete Doherty – Margate



Pete Doherty stunned fans when he showed off a clean plate – which had hosted a gigantic breakfast

The leader of the Libertines made an appearance along the southeast coast to take up an unusual challenge.

The ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ singer ventured to Cliftonville’s Dalby Café for his famous ‘mega breakfast challenge’.

The indie star managed to put away four slices of bacon, four eggs, four sausages, hash browns, onion rings, bubbles and squeaks, beans, two slices of thick bread as well as a burger and quarter pound fries, and all in less than 20 years. minutes.

Only a few have managed to complete the challenge, and even fewer within 20 minutes – that means getting the bundle for free!

Labor Leader Sir Keir Starmer – Broadstairs



The Labor leader was pictured outside the Broadstairs ice cream parlor

An ice cream shop isn’t exactly where you’d expect to meet the leader of one of the UK’s biggest political parties.

In September 2020, however, that’s exactly what customers at Morelli’s ice cream parlor in Broadstairs saw, as union leader Sir Keir Starmer was spotted queuing by beachgoers.

The union leader had traveled to the coast for a holiday visit with his family.

It seemed that few people knew who they were queuing next to, as his presence didn’t seem to attract much attention.

Louis Théroux – Margate



Louis Theroux was spotted having lunch on Sunday in Margate
Louis Theroux was spotted having lunch on Sunday in Margate

It looks like the Kent coast is the perfect place for famous faces, with another TV icon spotted having lunch in Margate.

Famous documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux was seen at The George and Heart pub on Kings Street in October last year.

He wasn’t the only famous face to appear at the pub that day, as he was joined by Irish actor Chris O’Dowd and his wife Dawn O’Porter.

It was reported that the band were there to celebrate Chris O’Dowd’s birthday.

Tom Cruise – Biggin Hill

The Mission Impossible action hero bought a property in the Biggin Hill area not too long ago, and there seems to be a good reason for it.

The home of Scientology in the UK is in East Grinstead, close to where the Top Gun star bought his property.

Now we have found no concrete evidence that Tom has been spotted in the town – but a commenter on a previous article said she knew someone who spotted him in the local Waitrose.

David Guetta – Margate



David Guetta cuts shapes in Margate
David Guetta cuts shapes in Margate

Dreamland in Margate might not be the first place you would think of for an internationally acclaimed DJ music video, but for David Guetta it was the perfect location.

The French DJ used this iconic Margate set piece for the music video for the song “If You Really Love me (How Will I Know)”, which featured British musicians John Newman and Mistajam.

However, when he shared the location on his Instagram Story, it was tagged as London – a small price to pay for a big role in a huge music video.

Alan Carr – Margate



Alan Carr was spotted filming a BBC series in Margate

It’s clear Margate is the go-to filming location, as a British comedy icon has also been spotted filming in the area.

In the summer of last year, Alan Carr was seen filming for the BBC’s Masters in Interior Design, which saw the comic alongside famed interior designer Michelle Ogundehin looking for the best talents, passions and eye-catching designs.

During his visit to Margate he also visited Peter’s Fish Factory for breakfast, ordering haddock and chips.

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