9 of the best beaches near London for a sunny day trip

Liz Connor

This week is set to be a scorcher in the south of England, with temperatures tipped to reach a sweltering 35C - bringing the hottest days of the year so far.

While the capital’s parks and green spaces offer ample sunbathing opportunities for Londoners, sunshine means one thing: it’s the perfect time to escape and head out to a sandy beach.

Thankfully, London is excellently connected to some of the best coastlines in the country, and you're always only an hour or two away from rolling sand dunes, paddling and copious amounts of ice cream.

Thinking of taking a day trip? From Hastings to Whistable, we’ve done the hard yards for you, rounding up the best seaside spots to take a dip in this weekend when temperatures rise - whether you’re looking for a family day out or a romantic stroll on the shore.

So if city life is getting you down, pack a towel, a beach ball and grab some factor 50 because you don’t have to wander far from the big smoke to find an idyllic slice of paradise - click through our gallery and get a load of these seaside sanctuaries.

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