The temperature is roasting and the sun gods are smiling on us so it’s the perfect time to embrace the heat, pack a towel and head off to one of the great beaches near London…
Yes, we are now aware of the Urban Beaches, but where’s the peace and sea air? The call of sea gulls over your fish and chips and the postcard memories of a seaside day-out? It’s time to put your out of office on, log out and escape the concrete sauna. For the city dweller put off by the thought of spending the whole day in traffic or on hot public transport, here is a round-up of our top 5 great beaches near London:
1. Herne Bay
Travel Time: 1hr 30mins from Victoria or St Pancras
Herne Bay has kept all the wonderful traditions of a seaside town, complete with rainbow-coloured beach huts.
Travel Time: 1hr 30mins from St Pancras or London Bridge to Folkestone then a 12 minute bus ride (or 1.5mi walk along the promenade)
A quiet, pretty shingle beach with a town hosting quaint antiques shops and charming pubs. Ideal for relaxing and swimming, the beach is Marine Conservation Society Recommended.
3. Viking Bay, Broadstairs
Travel Time: 1hr 39 mins from St Pancras to Broadstairs
The beach choice of Charles Dickens. A picturesque horseshoe-shaped bay perfect for families. An abundance of cafes and shops, parking, children’s rides, belly-board hire and a unique tidal pool. There are even rock pools to explore. (Dogs are banned from May 1st to 30th September)
4. Margate Sands
Travel Time: 1hr 50mins from Victoria to Margate
For traditional seaside entertainment. A timeless beach that caters to families with its children’s rides, tidal pool and amusement arcades. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and seafood stalls to try out. JMW Turner stated that Margate has “the loveliest skies in all of Europe”. (Dogs are banned from May until October)
5. Tankerton Beach, Whitstable
Travel Time: 1hr 20mins from Victoria
Sitting in front of pastel-shaded cottages, along side the pretty high street the single beach is simple but incredibly pleasant. The views of the beach huts and the rolling surf can be interspersed between tea room visits or the Oyster Bars.