Best of The Beaches Near London


If the heavy London heat is getting you hot under the collar this London Summer, then it may be well time for you to stretch your view further afield. If you’re staying in a city hotel in London and are already tired of the jam packed Lidos in the city, then take advantage of the nippy transport routes out of the city and check out some of the close by beach bathing hotspots. Whilst London is land locked, it isn’t hard to find a grand day out on the seaside for little expenditure. Here’s just a few of the beaches reachable for a day trip from London.

Beach in london

Sunny Sands – Kent

Sunny Sands is located near to the historic Folkestone Harbour and is a favourite of London dwellers due to it being the closest beach to London. Folkestone Harbour is famous for being the harbour from which King Henry VIII intended to set off his fleet of ships to wage war against the French. Although he later chose Dover as his port of choice, it didn’t stop Folkestone from beng placed firmly on the Southern shoreline map. Nowadays visitors can find cafes, pubs and shops dotting the beach as well as sand which is primed for the annual sandcastle building competition which takes place on the beach.

Birling Gap – Eastbourne

Birling Gap Beach UK

Located close by to the classic coastal town of Eastbourne as well as in the vicinity of the estuary known as the Seven Sisters. This breath taking and dramatic part of East Sussex sets the scene for a beautiful beach lined by looming chalk cliffs which add an extra bit of character to this beautiful rocky beach in the heart of the South Downs.

West Wittering – East Sussex

West Wittering Beach

West Wittering is a great beach to visit for those interested in Water Sports. With Kite Surfers and Wind Surfers prevalent on West Wittering beach, there is no questioning how multi-faceted West Wittering is. With stunning views of Chichester Harbour, West Wittering beach is close to the East Sussex city whilst also boasting some of the best sea water quality in the country. As one of the premier blue flag beaches of England, West Wittering is not only great for water sports, but a fun family day out due to its many picnic spots. On top of this, the area is internationally recognised for its wildlife, hosting animals such as Skylarks, Sandpipers and Sand Lizards.

Clacton on Sea – Essex

Clacton on Sea Beach

Clacton on Sea is the largest coastal town in Essex and plays host to a traditional British beach promenade. For those staying in Hotels near the Barbican Centre, you’re in luck as trains running from Liverpool Street to Clacton on Sea take only between 90 and 120 minutes. Plenty of time to apply your sun cream then, but not enough time to waste a day on a train. Clacton Pier also holds many amusements and casino draws, at a whopping 360 metres long.

Brighton – East Sussex

Brighton, East Sussex, UK

Brighton is a mere fifty minute train journey from London Victoria and is famous for its Regency era bourgeois stylings, its arts culture and of course its pebbly beaches. For those who don’t mind a lack of sand and some pretty hedonistic beach partying, Brighton is the place to go this summer. With a riotous fun fair pier, plenty of beach bars and the famous skeletal remnants of the mysteriously burnt West Pier, Brighton has more than enough character for the South Coasts most famous Beach city. With plenty of surf opportunities and enough to entertain the kids, Brighton is all round great fun for all ages.