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Traditional Seaside Spots to Visit from London

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Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…

Whilst many commute from Brighton to London as soon as the sun rears its head, crowded Laines, packed beaches and busy trains can add a spot of stress to an otherwise relaxing seaside escape. Check out our selection of top coastal spots for day trips from London! 

Spotlight on: Littlehampton
A delightful little town that lies west from Worthing, Littlehampton is the ideal spot for a day out with family or friends. Pack your bucket and spade and make a beeline for the town’s beach, which offers a wide expanse of sand and shingle shores for enjoying a lazy afternoon. Home to the UK’s longest bench (no, we’re not sure either), an obligatory seafront Adventure Golf-Course and a park with a boating lake – Littlehampton’s got it all. 
No trip to Littlehampton is complete without a visit to the town’s most popular attraction, Harbour Park! Located a stone’s throw from the popular beach, Harbour Park is a family run amusement park with rides, an indoor soft play area and an arcade for mum or dad to try their hand at mastering the crane machines. Younger visitors aged 2-12 can bounce between the waltzers, rollercoasters, bumper cars and more, finding more than enough to keep themselves busy for the entire afternoon. You won’t have to venture far to feed your hungry youngsters, enjoying fish and chips at The Galley or an American feast at The Harbour Park Kitchen! Ride books and unlimited wristbands can be purchased online here, but entry to Harbour Park itself is free to enter!  
Direct trains from London Victoria to Littlehampton run throughout the day and take approximately 1 ¾ hours! You’ll also find large, council run car parks on the seafront (moments from Harbour Park), so finding a spot to park the car shouldn’t be a problem!  

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What? Not got the kids in tow? Take to trip to Whitstable to enjoy walks along the seafront and the town’s famous oysters! 
Where? On the country’s Kent coast, approx. 1.30 hours from London Victoria. 
Why? Whilst many would think of Margate for a day out on the Kent coast, Whitstable also boasts a selection of cultural attractions and cool places to eat. Discover the area’s nautical history with a trip to the Whitstable Museum and Gallery or wander around an exhibition at the Horsebridge Arts Centre, and be sure to enjoy the town’s speciality – fresh oysters! 
What? Picturesque coastal village with children’s adventure park and miles of sandy beaches. 
Where? East Sussex, just a short distance down the coast from Dover. Get the train from London St Pancras to nearby Folkestone (approx. 1 hour) and jump on a bus to Dymchurch (approx. 50 minutes). 
Why? This journey isn’t the simplest route to the seaside, however it’s well worth it for a little taste of village life and a charming beach. The village is filled with history and was once home to Edith Nesbit, author of the iconic children’s book The Railway Children. Be sure to find time to pick up some fish and chips to eat on the seafront before embarking on the trip back to the big city!   
What? Essex’s popular seafront town with the world’s longest pleasure pier! 
Where? Southend-on-Sea can be got to in under an hour from London Fenchurch Street and approx. 1 hour from London Liverpool Street! 
Why? Essex might not be the first place to spring to mind when you think of taking a trip to the seaside, but Southend-on-Sea promises the ideal day out for all the family and just a short train ride back to the city centre. Featuring a 1.3 mile pier that stretches right out into the Thames Estuary, a fun-filled adventure centre and miles of sandy beaches, this area is certain to be one you’ll return to time and time again.