find amazing beaches close to london

Whilst London isn’t short of great places to soak up the sun, there’s nothing quite like a city escape to one of Blighty’s seaside sanctuaries. Have you ever wanted to know what the nearest beaches to you are? Roll out the towel and slap on the factor 50 for your slice of seaside action. Here are some beautiful beaches to choose from, all just a stone’s throw away from the capital…


Broadstairs | Kent

Nostalgic, retro and untouched. Broadstairs is one of Kent’s best kept secrets and it’s lined with white chalk cliffs and coves that make a picture-perfect Instagram shot. It shelters seven secluded sandy bays with Botany Bay being hailed as one of the best. In town you’ll find cafes, bars and 1950’s ice-cream parlous, so grab a scoop and saunter to the sea!

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Get there in an hour and a half from London’s St Pancras.

Camber Sands | East Sussex

Who needs a vacay to the Arabian desert when a trip to Camber Sands is on offer? Its shallow seas, stunning sand dunes and seven-mile stretch of coast understandably make it a popular choice.

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Get there in an hour and a half from London’s St Pancras.

Deal | Kent

A long stretch of pebble beach scattered with wooden fishing boats and a lengthy pier featuring a fishing deck awaits in Deal. It’s located in a charming and historic Kentish town, and just a short stroll from the seaside you’ll find quirky cafes and a 16th century castle to explore.

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Get there in an hour and a half from London’s St Pancras. 

West Wittering | West Sussex

One of the South Coast’s finest and perfect for adventure-seekers, as well as those that just fancy dipping a toe in the sea. Windsurfing, rock pooling or sliding the natural mud flats, what will float your boat?

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Get there in an hour and a half from London Victoria.

Mersea Island | Essex

What it might lack in dreamy golden sands, it makes up for with its quaint seaside charm. The abundance of restaurants and pubs make it perfect for feasting on fresh seafood and cracking open a cold beer, as well as an oyster!

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Get there in just under two hours from London Liverpool Street to Colchester.

Littlehampton | West Sussex

Not only home to award winning beaches and a cosy seafront green, but also to Britain’s longest bench that twists and turns along the promenade for a whopping 324m. Once you’ve ticked that one off the bucket list, there’s a nature reserve to explore and waterside restaurants and cafes calling your name!

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Get there in just under two hours from London Victoria.