When the sun shines, it’s a tradition in London to immediately seek out the nearest beer gardens (opening again from April 12) or patch of grass to soak up some rays. But with a little planning, it’s perfectly easy to slink off a little further afield and upgrade your place in the sun to a seaside deckchair.
Day trips are allowed in England from March 29 when the nationwide ‘stay-at-home’ order is lifted. Domestic holidays will be on the cards from April 12 when overnight stays will be possible in self-catered accommodation (including Airbnbs and campsites).
The UK’s wild and sweeping coastline is peppered with pretty little towns - some of which are surprisingly close to London. Don’t be fooled by the small stature of these coastal retreats - they’re packed with plenty of things to do, see, eat, drink and explore. They’re kitsch, cool and perfect for flip-flopping your way through a day of salty, sandy fun.
And for adventures further afield, check out our comprehensive guide to the UK’s best and coolest seaside towns.
Please note: Some facilities and businesses in the towns and villages we mention may be closed when you visit. Always be mindful of the people who live locally, check whether car parks are open before you set off, and adhere to social-distancing and mask-wearing guidelines while visiting.
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