Life is a beach. The best English beaches

Believe it or not, England has plenty of beautiful beaches to offer. Beeing a big island definitely help. It’s not because it’s less hot than in the south of Europe that you can’t enjoy a day at the beach, and the good news is, there are many many of them easily accessible from London.

From vibrant Brighton to gorgeous Bournemouth or Whitstable, here is my list of the best English Beaches.

If you’re not sure where they are, I gathered them all in a map at the bottom of the page.

The best English beaches

Brighton

Brighton pier and chairs

Brighton is the most famous one of all. Super easy to get there from London, it’s a great destination for a day out by the sea. The atmosphere is vibrant, and the destination a must see.

Bournemouth

Plage Bournemouth 2

Bournemouth is the proper beach / holidays destination in England. Gorgeous and very long sandy beach with plenty of places to go for lunch or dinner around. 2h by train from London, you might want to stay there the whole weekend.

Camber Sands

camber sands

A more natural version of Bournemouth, Camber Sands is a super spacious and gorgeous sandy beach of East Sussex. There is not much to do around but it’s the perfect beach to get away from the city and take a proper break. Accessible only by car.

Hastings

Plages anglaises Hastings

I wasn’t sure if it was right to put Hastings in the list of the “best English Beaches”. Hastings is not pretty but very charismatic. With the old pier and stone beach, it’s fairly similar to Brighton but less charismatic and obviously less crowded. It’s a good alternative if you’ve been to Brighton enough and want to easily go to the beach from London.

Margate

Margate à Botany Bay 1

Same as Hastings, I wasn’t really sure wether to put Margate in that exclusive list but Margate is sort of like the new shoreditch of beaches. Upcoming area, some parts are very industrial but the city is definitely changing. Also, when you get out of the station you’ll quickly end up on a really big sandy beach and I guess that’s a good enough reason to end up in this list.

Botany Bay

Margate Botany Bay 33

Really close to Margate is Botany Bay. Real hidden gem and definitely one of the most beautiful English Beaches I’ve been to. Sandy beach, transparent water and the gorgeous cliffs around. Incredible landscape. Highly recommended but much much easier to get there by car.

Whitstable

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My other favourite one. Located in Kent, Whitstable is easily accessible by train. Best place to eat oysters or seafood by the sea, a glass of wine by the seafront and end up the day with a gorgeous sunset. What else?

Book your trains tickets!

All the places listed are less than 2 hours away from London. Book your tickets in the list below and have fun! :)

Elodie

Elodie, happy "French londonienne" for almost 4 years. I share my London discoveries, expat life thoughts and reflexions on beeing a 30 year old. “Les petites joies de la vie londonienne” means “The little joys of London” so let’s make sure we make the most of this incredible city.

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    patricia mallett

    La plus jolie plage d’Angleterre est Holkham Bay dans le Norfolk. Mais ne rien dit a personne

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      Elodie

      ah oui ça a l’air joli ça me rappelle beaucoup Camber Sands! Merci pour la recommandation :)

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    Erik

    Hello,
    I am Erik. I am French. I would like to practice English. Soo, I am looking for a nice city with seaside for holidays, this summer, not far away of London. I will arrive by train at London.
    Could you help me? Thank you so much.
    See you soon
    Erik

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