5 beaches less than two hours from London

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London is not just rain and gloomy days, find out in the post how to reach some relaxing places for the sunniest days in London.

London it is in the grip of the heat and, more and more often, peaks of 37 degrees are reached. It sounds like the plot of an American film about climate disasters, but it's all true. The typical English climate, the rainy and dull one to be clear, now seems a characteristic of the past. While lying on the lawn of one of the city's many parks is the dream of many, on the other we must admit that the frenzy and heat of the city becomes really unbearable. In less than two hours by train, we can find some refreshment in the coasts of Sussex and Kent, south of England. Below, we introduce you 5 lidos that represent an excellent alternative to London parks.




1. Brighton, East Sussex

Brighton is one of the most popular destinations for British and tourists from all over the world who, in addition to enjoying a good seaside destination, can also experience the many attractions of the city.
If you go to Brighton, take a nice and romantic one walk along the seafront up to the Brighton Pier surrounded by a variety of rides and attractions such as the Royal Pavilion.


If you love shopping, stop off in the "The Lanes”With a wide choice of shops, clubs and nightlife. Brighton is in fact known for its rich nightlife.
To reach Brighton, take the train from Victoria Central Station or St. Pancras International, with high-speed trains, and in under an hour you can reach Brighton train station, a stone's throw from the beach.

2. Camber Sands, East Sussex

About two hours by train from London, you will find Camber Sands, a beach of fine, golden sand that is considered to be one of the most pristine beaches on the South East coast.
Ideal for families, couples but also young people looking for a little relaxation and new adventures. The beach is in fact recommended for lovers of watersports. Here it is in fact possible to practice snorkeling, windsurfing and kite-surfing. If you get hungry, you can always visit the Rye Bay Cafe to enjoy excellent seasonal dishes prepared with 0 km ingredients.


3. West Wittering, West Sussex

Have you ever heard of the English television series Downton Abbey? If your answer is yes, a stop at this beach is mandatory. Some scenes from the series, in fact, were shot in West Wittering. The lido, about 1 hour and a half from London, is renowned for its fantastic view from port of Chichester and South Downs. Ideal for families and young people looking for a wave to surf on. If you don't particularly like sand, you can take advantage of the park adjacent to the beach, to spread out a towel and enjoy an excellent sandwich. Just like a local. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a more substantial dish, you can always sit at the table at West Wittering Beach Cafe.


4. Holywell Retreat Beach, Eastbourne, East Sussex

It is considered one of the sunniest beaches in the UK. Eastbourne is the ideal destination for lovers of tranquility. Excellent for those who want to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city and need to recharge with new energy. The landscapes are reminiscent of the Rosamunde Pilcher's film. A stone's throw from the beach, in fact, you will find a pier on which to take a pleasant stroll. If you love walking, you can continue your journey on the coastal path of South Down through which you can reach the cliffs of Beachy Head. Near the route, you will also find the Italian Gardens and the Tower Gallery of Contemporary Art, a modern art gallery that features a collection of exhibitions by local artists. This beautiful setting is only an hour and a half from London.


5. Minnis Bay, Birchington (Kent)

Less than two hours from London, we head to Kent coast. An ideal destination for families thanks to the presence of an area equipped for children. Minnis Bay is also frequented by many lovers of windsurfing, sailing and kite boarding who challenge each other with waves generated by the wind that blows constantly on the beach.
If the sun is too strong, you may find it a bit cool Minnis Bay bar and Brasserie on the promenade facing the beach. Sports enthusiasts can also reach the beach by bike thanks to a long cycle path that runs along all the seaside resorts in the area. Also not to be missed is the seaside resort of Margate, one of the most renowned areas of Kent.


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