Is the monotonous city life getting you down? Thankfully London is well-connected to some of the best beaches in the country, where picturesque dunes, photogenic coastline and refreshing air waits you!
You don’t even have to travel far to enjoy the sand between your toes.
Don’t believe us?
Check-out our list of some of the UK’s finest beaches within a stone's throw from London (less than two hours). Plan a weekend gateway to any of these amazing beaches to satiate your sun, sea and sand cravings.
Five Breathtaking Beaches Near London
1. West Wittering Beach/ East Sussex
West Wittering is a natural and unspoilt sandy beach, offering magnificent views of Chichester Harbour. This is one of the favourite hangout spot for families owing to the high quality bathing water, superb facilities and internationally recognised wildlife and birds. Apart from the scenic views that the beach is famous for, you can enjoy facilities like beach huts, extensive grasslands, tidal pools and sports like kite surfing, diving & snorkelling and windsurfing. Another best part about this beach is its cozy café right on site, serving snacks, drinks and amazing Ice Creams.
2. Climping Beach/ West Sussex
If you crave for a simple and peaceful destination with sounds of the ocean, Climping Beach is the place to be. Also known as Atherington Beach, this quiet beach is an ideal spot to unwind and enjoy quality time in the lap of nature. The beach is very popular with kitesurfers and windsurfers. Enjoy the splendid views, fresh air and walk on the wide and beautiful coastline. After the walk, halt at the little café, situated close to the beach. Sit down at one of the outside tables to enjoy snacks, tea, coffee and cakes at the café. It is a relaxing way to enjoy being active outdoors.
3. Walton-on-the-Naze / Essex
This beautiful fine sandy beach boasts the second longest pier in Great Britain. Walton-on-the-Naze is an excellent destination if you are looking for some great activities on the beach side like hunting for turtles and bird fossils, climbing up the tower to get panoramic views over the Essex coast and getting introduced to the wildlife and plantlife in the rich area of tidal creeks. This Blue Flag beach provides safe bathing and there is a seasonal lifeguard service. Beach-goers can enjoy plenty of other things like classic seaside amusements to lovely cafes!
4. Dungeness Beach, Kent
Dungeness Beach has a vast expanse of shingle on the edge of Romney Marsh, which has some surreal quality. Surrounded by two lighthouses and the hulking form of the Dungeness nuclear power station, the beach is formed largely of a shingle beach in the form of a cuspate foreland. Apart from a wonderful beach, it is also home to a wealth of wildlife including 600 species of plant and rare insects. Don’t miss the Prospect Cottage with its driftwood garden, which is probably the best site here! The beach is only an hour away from Central London.
5. Bournemouth / Dorset
A proper West country seaside, Bournemouth beach can be reached only in two hours’ drive from London. This little wonder golden sand beach nestled beneath a magnificent cliff line was actively developed by the Victorians as a sought of resort. Whatever you fancy and expect from a day at the beach, you’ll find it all at Bournemouth whether you like strolling along seaside piers, relaxing in a hired beach hut or enjoying tasty food, the beach is packed with all the actions. Every section of beach offers something unique experience and all year round it hosts fantastic events and festivals.
Your search for bright and colourful beaches, which are located close to London ends here!
So why not try out one of these superb beaches and make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Fancy a day by the coast and travel further to check out more such beautiful beaches.