Best beaches out of London

For those who feel that London is a city that lacks the seashore, there is no need to despair as it is just an hour or two away from some of the finest beaches in the country. You could choose to either catch the train or even go a drive out of the city to enjoy some of best beaches that are found within a doable distance of London. On your next trip to London you can feel the real sea and sand between your toes and not the kind of sand on the banks of the Thames!

To begin with, it is advised to choose a hotel that is well connected and lies in the city centre. The good choice in terms of location would be the hotels in Bayswater. They are well connected to the entertainment and shopping districts and the major attractions in London.


Staying at the Hotel Grand Royale London Hyde Park also ensures excellent transport connectivity to the Tube or the rail network to get out of the city. Some of the best beaches to visit out of the city on a day trip from London are…

West Wittering: Located in East Sussex West Wittering could be described as a pristine sandy beach, which also has been awarded the Blue Flag Award. The beach holder of that distinction signifies that there are ample facilities and amenities and the beach is safe and clean. Although it is a favourite with families it is good for a visit either alone or even with a companion. There are some terrific beach huts on hire, tidal pools and extensive grasslands rich in wildlife. It also offer fantastic views across the Chichester harbour and for those who like to stroll there is the South Downs, perfect walking country to hike and explore.

Climping: Climping in West Sussex is a rural beach that generally is devoid of crowds and a great location to spend a leisurely afternoon. The beach is a vast expanse of shingles that is separated by wooden groynes. When the tide drops vast spreads of firm sand are exposed great to walk on, build sandcastles or for a horse-ride if you are up to it. It definitely cannot be called one of the trendier beaches of the country, as it is mostly undeveloped with very limited facilities. Still it makes for a nice way to spend a sunny afternoon by the beach!

Southend on Sea: Travel to Essex to get to Southend on Sea which is home to a number of beaches and is very popular with Londoners who crave to visit the beach. There is approximately seven miles of lovely beaches to select from. The beaches here have collectively earned seven Quality Coast awards and three coveted Blue Flag Awards, which together speak volumes for the quality of beaches and the facilities to be found here. While for those seeking for peace and tranquillity the large crowds and amusement parks may not be very appealing, but the fact is that if you want to be close to the sea while not too far from London, then this is a good option!

Brighton Beach: Think about East Sussex and the first place that comes to mind is Brighton Beach. It is foremost of the popular beaches near London and also one of the most visited. After all it has been invigorating Londoners for more than 200 years, who travelled to the area to enjoy the sun and sand. In terms of sand you will not find too much of it any more it offers a very Bohemian and cosmopolitan atmosphere and has a lot in terms of entertainment and facilities to be found in the area.  It is one of the most popular seaside beach areas in the country.

Clacton on Sea: Situated in Essex Clacton seems to be familiar to Southend with its traditional seaside resort, Victorian era pier and seaside fun and frolic. This is where the similarity ends as Clacton has its own distinctive character and feel with a long stretch of golden sand that makes it a top draw with families.

Walton-on-the-Naze: If you want to find a nice spacious beach in the Essex area, then Walton-on-the-Naze is the place to visit. It also is home to the second longest pier in the country. It also has received Blue Flag certification and is family-friendly beach, perfect for building sandcastles at. There are ample facilities and great places to grab a bite along with its famous mash and pie joint.

Broadstairs: While Kent has rightfully earned the title of being the “Garden of England” it also is home to some of the nation’s finest beaches. Most of these seem to be found in and around the quaint little town of Broadstairs. Of these the most popular is Viking Bay that is a large crescent of sand to be found near the harbour. Although Viking Bay no longer has a Blue Flag to its name the other two beaches Stone Bay and Joss Bay do have the honours. Both Stone and Joss are spectacular beaches with lovely golden sand that are set off by white chalk cliffs in the background. And even better than the other beaches in the area, is Botany Bay (another Blue Flag holder) that has large chalk stacks found along the east end of its beach.

Dungeness Beach:  Just hour or so from London Dungeness Beach in Kent seems to be topographically a million miles away. With a flat rather bleak landscape it has been classified as the only desert in the country.  It lies along the edge of Romney Marsh and is a vast stretch of shingle upon which you will see fishing boats and little huts. There of course are lighthouses and the famous Dungeness nuclear power station, along with large concrete structures that were built by the military before the Second World War.

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