Looking for a sunny getaway, but can’t afford the flight? Beach, please! There are stunning beaches within two hours of London, so grab your flip flops and sunnies for a day trip to one of these beauties. (For a swim in the city, check out our guide to London’s best lidos.)Event Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Believe it or not, the closest beach to London is actually on the Piccadilly Line! In Ruislip, West London, a 700-acre woodland nature reserve is home to a gorgeous natural lake, with a genuine sandy beach. Woodland trails, a miniature train, and pirate ship for kids are also on offer, but despite what you may see in the photo above, swimming is technically not permitted. Nearest stations: Ruislip and Northwood Hills, Zone 6 – it’s then a 20-minute walk. Find out more here.
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