best Beaches Near


Here are the best beaches near London to visit on a day trip. From sandcastles and surfing to soft-serve ice creams, these beaches have it all.


 West Sussex

A place you should visit at least once. It’s a predominantly shingle beach, Hastings beach is kept in place by a series of groynes.

Botany Bay, Kent

Between Ramsgate and Margate, this understated stretch of UK coastline is some of the most photographed in the country.

Sunny Sands, Kent

The sand quality on this beach is so good it plays host to the annual sandcastle building competition.

Margate, Kent

With a strong Tudor influence in the town, Margate Sands is one of the more typical British seaside experiences.

Bournemouth Beach, Dorset

A favourite with people of all ages, Bournemouth beach stretches for over seven miles along the south coast of the UK.

Whitstable Beach, Kent

West Beach is best for strolling along the coastline, whilst Tankerton Beach is pebbly and arguably the most picturesque area.

Ruislip Lido, West London

An artificial beach and reservoir in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The area boasts over 700 acres of woodland, nature trails and a pirate ship.

Frensham Beach, Surrey

From sunbathing on the sand to swimming and soft-serve ice cream, this beach offers Frensham Pond for a refreshing dip.

Brighton Beach, East Sussex

Brighton Beach is adorned with pebbles and is best suited for surfing, paddle boarding and water-based activities.

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