Whilst living in the big smoke is great for endless indoor and outdoor activities for little ones, we all know it’s a little difficult if you’re just after a coastal escape to breathe in some seaside air and feel the sand between your toes! Here’s a list of some the closest family friendly beaches near London that you’ll reach before your beach babes have had a chance to ask “are we there yet?!”
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.
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 – beaten only by xxxx!), 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.
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, 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 the 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.
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