Brilliant Beaches Near London

Tankerton Beach and The Street, Whitstable, Kent

The Street, a 750-metre-long stretch of shingle that pokes out from Whitstable's pretty Tankerton beach at low tide.

East Beach, Littlehampton, West Sussex

A faded prom and an old-school funfair give Littlehampton a ramshackle air that’s stopped it becoming too hip.

Minnis Bay, Birchington, Kent

This long and lovely Blue Flag sandy beach on the north Kent coast is a firm family favourite, offering lots of free parking.

Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

Nestled close to Southend-on-Sea is Leigh-on-Sea, its older, quainter cousin. If you like your beaches flanked by cobbled streets.

Holywell Retreat, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Eastbourne’s long zig-zagged shingle beach at Grand Parade is an understandable draw, but just on the edge of town.

Botany Bay, near Broadstairs, Kent

Between Margate and Ramsgate, this strip of coastline is as understated as it is hidden, with no funfairs or slot machines.

Mersea Island, Essex

There aren’t many beaches near London that involve a tide timetable, but Britain’s most easterly inhabited island does.

Fairlight Glen, East Sussex

If you fancy going a bit more au naturel with your beach time then you might want to get down to Fairlight Glen, about two miles east of Hastings.

Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate, Kent

You may decide, on hopping off the train at Ramsgate, that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with simply staying put.

Cuckmere Haven, Seaford, Sussex

If you like your beaches with iconic views, then you won’t do much better than Cuckmere Haven.

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