As a holiday destination, London can be seen to have almost everything anybody could want; famous landmarks, museums, incredible nightlife and a host of unique events to name but a few attractions. The one thing London definitely doesn’t have, however, is a decent beach. This shouldn’t put people off taking advantage of cheap hotels in Heathrow, though, as, so long as you are willing to journey a short distance outside of London, there are some fantastic beaches you can choose from.
Located roughly an hours train journey south of London is Brighton, which is home to Brighton beach, a shingle beach that is one of the most well known in the UK. Brighton beach has a plethora of bars and pubs scattered around it, and the city of Brighton is home to many local attractions, including Brighton Pavilion. There are opportunities to surf on Brighton Beach, and a large sports complex recently opened on the beach.
Just to the east of London, in Essex, Frinton beach can be found in the small seaside town of Frinton-on-sea. The beach is a mixture of sandy and stone, and is over a mile long, with the shore being lined by a promenade of several hundred beach huts. This beach is an ideal choice for those with an interest in sports, with an area of sea zoned specifically for swimming, sailing and windsurfing, and wardens patrolling in season.
Three Shells Beach
Also in Essex, in the town of Southend-on-sea, is the enigmatically named Three Shells Beach. This sandy beach is the perfect choice for families with children, with many facilities nearby including the Three Shells Café, whose outdoor seating overlooks the beach itself, the Sea Life Aquarium and Adventure Land. The beach also has lifeguards present, however, anyone planning to visit should be aware that the tide doesn’t come in until around midday so your trip should be planned accordingly, though there are more than enough amusements to keep you entertained in the meantime.
On the South East edge of England, in East Sussex, is the village of Camber, where the Camber Sands beach is located. Camber Sands is a large sandy beach, with an interesting system of sand dunes, some of which were used for training purposes during the Second World War, and the beach is home to a variety of vegetation and wildlife. The Beach has become a popular spot with kitesurfing, kite landboarding and kite buggying enthusiasts, thanks to its sand and favourable wind conditions.
For those who are willing to travel a little bit further, a ferry trip to the Isle of Wight can be rewarded with a visit to Priory Bay Beach. The beach sits at the back of the Priory Bay Hotel and is surrounded by woodland, giving it a wonderful feeling of exclusivity. The beach is mainly golden sand with some rocks scattered towards the shore, and the water is usually very clear. If you are feeling hungry after your visit, the Priory Beach Hotel offers food including clams caught fresh from the beach.