Beautiful Beaches of England

People have reacted varyingly to the recent heatwave that has overcome England. Some people hate it whereas others have been revelling in the great weather, and succumbing to the “staycation” vibes. I believe though that in this weather we should take advantage of the glorious English coastline. I have done many a beach trip and have done a bit of research on the best beaches and seaside towns to go to for the day within easy reach of London.

Whitstable – Kent

This quaint town is the epitome of an English seaside town. There is lots of shopping to be done on the High Street with its many cute boutiques. Afterwards, you can head down to the beach. Although the main beach in the town is pebbly, it makes a perfect spot for crabbing and paddling. There are lovely restaurants and bars near to to the beach such as the Lobster Shack, so you can easily grab some fish and chips or a beer, or even oysters at the Whitstable Oyster Company - you either love them or hate them but in my opinion they are amazing here and so fresh! At just over an hour on the train from Victoria, this is easily one of the best beach destinations accessible for Londoners.

Camber Sands – East Sussex

Camber Sands is also highly recommendable. It is the only place with sand dunes in East Sussex and it even expands beyond the border of Kent. Camber Sands has on multiple occasions been voted as one of the absolute best beaches in England because of its gorgeous looks, and as soon as you arrive you can relax immediately. Camber Sands is also highly popular amongst Hollywood producers, who are attracted by the rolling sand dunes, and it has been featured in Hollywood films multiple times. It is perfect for sunbathers, and for those more active, you can also take kitesurfing lessons which are offered nearby.

Holkham Beach - Norfolk

Holkham is one of the most beautiful beaches I have visited in England. Perfect for hardcore sunbathers it has a massive stretch of fine white sand, completely unspoilt unlike some beaches in other seaside resorts. In fact this beach is so great that it was apparently recently voted “Best beach in the UK”! This area is also perfect for nature lovers, as there is a nature reserve with a salt marsh and sand dunes. Surrounded by the gorgeous north Norfolk countryside, this is a great place for a weekend countryside break as you can explore the nearby town of Wells-next-the-Sea, but also only a 2 hour train ride away so still accessible from London.

Brighton - East Sussex

The classic English beach is Brighton Beach. It is very popular amongst Londoners, since it is easy to access at only an hour’s train ride away and is truly wonderful place. The town itself is very cosy and full of lovely seaside houses, and it also offers great shopping opportunities. Besides that, the beach is simply wonderful and some of the main sights include Brighton Pier’s amusement arcade and the Royal Pavilion. In Brighton, you will also find lots of pubs and seriously delicious restaurants, which offer everything from Italian to more traditional British food.

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