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Beaches near London: 7 beach getaways less than 2 hours from London

The great British seaside may seem a world away from the hustle and bustle of London, but in fact, a weekend at the beach is a lot closer than you think.

You’re getting sick of the crowds, the noise, the smell of other people’s sweat as you wait for the Tube, all you’re craving is a weekend by the sea. And guess what, you won’t have to venture far with these beaches near London.

In less than 2 hours by train, you can have sand between your toes, the sea breeze in your hair and the prospect of cosy night’s stay at a beautiful coastal hotel.

 

Margate

Margate is one of England’s most beautiful beachside towns and has recently undergone a revival to restore it to its former glory. Everything from the scenic Victorian promenades to the seafront mansions and vintage tea shops have enjoyed a wealth of regeneration, making it a perfect beach break.

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A white sandy beach near London with fast rail links

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A gorgeous boutique hotel overlooking Margate’s beachfront, The Sands is ideal for a weekend getaway of seaside glamour. Each of the bedrooms is luxuriously fitted with every effort made to use only natural materials such as silk sprung mattresses, Egyptian cotton bed linen and duvets filled with pure jasmine silk.

Opt for a superior sea view room – as well as being light and airy, you’ll be able to take in the waves with your own private balcony and comfortable outdoor seating area.

London St Pancreas Int. – Margate Station | Time taken 01:25

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Hastings

Having undergone a £14 million renovation, Hastings’ pier is a must-visit. From walking along the boardwalk, booking yourself in for a lesson at the town’s new cookery school, and enjoying a date night at the movies with the summer film festival, English summer has never sounded so good.

Let’s not forget the artisan shops and farmer’s markets that have made Hastings is a cool seaside town for both relaxing and window shopping. The shopping is linked by Twittens (lanes) with boutique clothes shops, flower shops, specialist cheese shops, and of course chic restaurants.

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A beach hotel near London with rich history

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The White House is a beautiful accommodation located on a hill overlooking Hastings town and the surrounding sea. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens, this elegant hotel is within easy walking distance to town and there’s even an outdoor swimming pool to make the most of the sunny days.

Each of the rooms are individually designed and colour coded according to the décor theme. Huge bay windows, free-standing baths, plush upholstery, and Victorian fireplaces are some of the main features, alongside conventional amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities, wine cooler, and complimentary toiletries.

London St Pancras Intl. – Hastings | Time taken 01: 23

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The White House

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Excellent Service 9.6 / 10
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Broadstairs

Broadstairs is a smaller town than its neighbouring Margate and Ramsgate. But that doesn’t mean you should write it off, the town has a wealth of beachfront cafes and restaurants, plus 1950s style ice cream parlours and chic boutique shops.

If you want to learn to surf, head over to neighbouring Joss Bay or for smaller waves, stick to the town’s main beach, Viking Bay, where the Kent Surf School can assist you.

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A quaint town by the seaside near London

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An elegant seaside hotel, The Royal Albion is directly on the beach front, so you can enjoy views over the surrounding bay and out to sea. The outdoor terrace is the perfect place to sit and have a drink, bathe in sun rays, and make the most of the view.

The hotel features 21 spacious bedrooms either facing the sea or the town, and some even feature private balconies or sun terraces. All the rooms are designed to make your stay a memorable one, with the colours mirroring the tones of the sea and sky outside your window.

London St Pancras Intl. – Broadstairs | Time taken: 01:17

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Hotel The Royal Albion

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8.5 Excellent (809 reviews)
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Ramsgate

Further down the coast from Margate and a little more charming, Ramsgate is the only Royal Harbour in Britain and its busy port atmosphere gives it a bustling, energetic vibe.

Ramsgate Main Sands is a golden sandy beach surrounded by white chalk cliffs and protected by environmental sanctions, keeping the waters clear and the beach clean.

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A beach hotel near London with great food

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The Albion House At Ramsgate is a delicate balance of chic and carefully preserved historical features, reimagined rather than retro. Indulge in activities such as Afternoon Tea, featuring homemade fudges, cookies, brownies, macarons, honeycomb and of course freshly baked scones and clotted cream.

The rooms and suites vary in size but the Super King is somewhere between a standard room and a suite and boasts gorgeous French windows leading out to a regency balcony. The room is nicknamed the ‘Little Victoria room’ after the young Princess Victoria recuperated in this room in 1835.

London St Pancreas Intl. – Ramsgate Station | Time taken 01:11

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Albion House At Ramsgate

8.8 Excellent (205 reviews)
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Whitstable

Whitstable’s main claim to fame is its oysters. Whether you get them from the harbour-side fish markets or in any of the surrounding restaurants and pubs, this delectable gastronomical delight is part of the town’s character.

If you crave a dose of culture during your beachside getaway, or simply to spend a weekend incognito amongst cobbled lanes and coastal paths, Whitstable tends to win-over all its guests.

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A beach trip from London with a reputation for great seafood

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The Marine Hotel is a red-brick and white-panelled seafront hotel. The rooms feature large sea-view windows, Victorian fireplaces, and a palette of nudes and greys creating an ambience of utter relaxation.

The restaurant features brunch favourites such as smashed avocado, griddled asparagus, seared scallops and of course oysters! For dinner picture cod and chips, half-pound burgers topped with bacon and cheese or slow braised ham hock.

London St Pancras Intl. – Whitstable | Time taken 01:11

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Folkestone

Cobbled streets, hipster cafes and an array of galleries and boutiques make Folkestone feel quaint and unique, with its Creative Quarter building a name for itself amongst designer-makers and specialist retailers.

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Enjoy a stay in a seaside town near London that's perfect for families

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An oasis of calm set inside a Georgian mansion house, The Relish is a contemporary retreat boasting Hypnos beds, invigorating high pressured showers, crisp white bed linen and large fluffy towels.

This seaside spot overlooks an attractive private parkland and an outdoor terrace is a perfect spot to soak up a few rays whilst enjoying a glass of wine, or watching the kids play in the four-acre park.

London St Pancras Intl to Folkestone in 53 minutes!

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Excellent Service 9.2 / 10
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Dover

You can’t talk about beaches near London without mentioning this seaside town. The iconic white cliffs that so many consider a symbol of home are just a short walk away, a sprawling 2000-year-old castle strategically placed on a hill, and of course the nearby Dover Harbour, Shakespeare Beach and, a little further along, Lyddon Spout: With so much to do, you may even stay longer than a weekend.

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Stay and enjoy sandy beaches near London and views of the White Cliffs of Dover

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The White Cliffs is a beautiful, white, clapboard style 16th-century inn. Think country hotel with oak four-poster beds, floral wall paper and crisp cotton linen. The kitchen prides itself on fresh, coastal, Kentish food, all using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.

Whether you choose to eat in the restaurant or on a bar stool in the pub, enjoying food at The White Cliffs is as much a part of the experience as the surrounding scenery.

London St Pancras Intl. – Dover Priory | Time taken 01:05

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The White Cliffs

Dover, 4.7 km to Connaught Park
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Excellent Service 8.7 / 10
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