Top sandy beaches for a day trip from London

Is the London heat a bit too much for you, why don’t escape the city for a chilled day at the beach. Below is a list of the best beaches located less than two hours away from the city.


1. Broadstairs, Kent

The town Broadstairs in Kent has several beaches to choose from:

Viking bay is the main beach in Broadstairs, this is where the famous Charles Dickens used to holiday. This sandy beach offers a cliff top promenade, harbour pier, sea water tidal swimming pool and boardwalk. In addition there is numerous of cafes, pubs, kiosks and restaurants.

Getting there: Direct train from St Pancras International – Broadstairs: 1hr 22mins


Joss Bay has golden sand, a surf school, disabled access and toilets making this an incredibly family friendly beach. Joss bay is also known as a surfer’s paradise and as the best surfing beach in Thanet. The surf school located at the beach hires boards and wet suits. If you are not into water sports the beach is surrounded by fields, golf courses and deck chair and lounger hire available.

Getting there: Direct train from St Pancras International – Broadstairs: 1hr 22mins


Botany Bay is one of the most photographed beaches in the UK. A hidden gem with stunning view of white cliffs and chalk stacks. Activities offered here are sea kayaking and canoeing.




Getting there: Direct train from St Pancras International – Broadstairs: 1hr 22mins


2. East Sussex – Camber Sands

Hidden behind a mountain of golden dunes this sandy beach stretches for seven miles. This beach is perfect if you want to visit a beach that is not crowded. There are plenty of activities to do. Here you can go horse riding, play cricket or Frisbee and even try kitesurfing at the Kitesurf Center.


Getting there: St Pancras International – Rye 1hr 12 min + 5 min taxi to Camber Sands



3. Sussex- Littlehampton Beach

A blue flag awarded sandy beach and the south coast’s quietest beach.  This beach has also become a foodie haven, try the fish and chips or go out on a fishing trip, head out to explore the nature reserve, cycle along Littlehampton Promenade, have a go on the seaside amusements at Littlehampton’s Harbor Park, or just hang out and watch the world go by.


 Getting there: Go from Victoria – Littlehampton, 1 hr and 40 min


4. The Isle of Wight – Priory Bay Beach

The Isle of Wight has some classic beaches and one of the nicest one is the Priory Bay which is considered being one of the most exclusive beaches as it is located near the luxurious Priory Bay Hotel.

Here you can expect clear water, golden sands surrounded by rocks. The beach is very peaceful and sheltered from wind as the beach is surrounded by trees.


 Getting there:  Go from Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour 1 hr and 30 min, Ferry to Fishbourne 40 mins