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The Best Beaches Near London

Written by Sharon Nyangwe

Summer is here and it’s time for a beach affair,
Take the family to the coast to breathe in some seaside air.
You won’t have to travel too far with our handy guide,
Sun, sand and lots of fun are waiting for you at the seaside!

Camber Sands, East Sussex


At just over an hour away from St. Pancras International and offering a five mile stretch of unspoiled sands and grass fringed dunes, Camber Sands is the perfect quick escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you’re after a challenge and the chance to learn a new skill, why not try kite surfing lessons? If you get permission in advance from Rother Council you can bring along your own BBQ, or pop into the The Gallivant restaurant behind the dunes which serves up locally sourced meat and fish dishes. Find out more.

Canvey Island, Sussex


Located in the Thames Estuary just off the coast of Essex, this lovely beach offers views of Kent coast and of ships heading towards the Thames. Little ones will love the separate tidal pool that overlooks the sea! Stop by the renovated 1930’s Labworth Cafe for a bite to eat and their amusement arcade for some seaside fun. Find out more.

Botany Bay, Kent


This Blue Flag beach offers amazing views of the white cliffs and impressive chalk stacks! When the tide is out, it’s perfect for fossil hunting and rock pool exploring. There are kiosks on site selling ice creams, or you can pay a visit to nearby cafes offering hot food and drinks. Dogs are not permitted on this beach from 10am to 6pm from May 1st until 30th September. Find out more.

Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

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Copyright Nigel Pepper

This beach, located in the lovely traditional seaside town of Walton, is known more commonly for it’s pier (the second largest in the country!), yacht club and marina. Pay a visit to The Naze for panoramic views on the beach and for its art gallery and tea room. Walk along this Site of Special Scientific Interest to discover some fascinating wildlife and fossils within the Red Flag cliffs. Find out more.

Mersea, Essex


At eight miles square and a causeway to venture through, getting to Mersea Beach is a fun adventure in itself! With nearby shops, restaurants and guesthouses, this beach is buzzing with activity to keep your little ones occupied. Go crabbing on a pontoon, take a boat tour around the island or pay a visit to the famous Company Shed restaurant! Find out more.

Margate Beach

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Copyright Visit Margate

Margate Beach, located in Thanet alongside Broadstairs and Ramsgate, is only a 90 minute journey away from St. Pancras International via highspeed rail. With 7 Blue Flag beaches and 3 Seaside Awards, Thanet offers some of the best beaches… without the need to pack an overnight bag! Come along to surf, swim and sail, or explore some rock pools and cycle along the glorious shoreline. Find out more.

Let us know if you’ve visited a beach near London that you love… Someone else might love it, and really want to go! If you’ve got other ideas, suggestions or reviews, you can shout all about it on whatever channel you choose!

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