Growing in the south west, Blanche and I spent many a weekend exploring the coastal line of Devon and the wide beaches of Cornwall. Now living in London we love to make the most of any sunshine filled weekends and take the opportunity to head straight to the sea. We wanted to share with you some our favourite coastal daycation spots that are within easy reach of the big city.
Margate is a coastal town in the sunny South East, only a 90 minute train journey from London St Pancras it is super popular day trip for busy Londoner’s craving its seaside charms, vintage stores and cute cafes.
A couple of weekends back Olive and I did just that and spent a lovely day exploring the many sandy beaches, taking turns on the carousel at the oh so retro Dreamland and stuffing our faces with the most delicious cream tea courtesy of the The Mad Hatter tearoom.
We finished of our day at the Turner Art Gallery taking in the art work and admiring the ocean view from impressive gallery cafe.
Broadstairs is a fishing village located on the Kent coast and is only an hour away from London by train. Full of cute stone cottages, cobbled lanes and colourful fishing boats, Broadstairs is the perfect place to escape too for a relaxing weekend by the sea.
Broadstairs is lucky enough to have three large sandy beaches, one of our favourites is Viking Bay. Reached by an impressive set of white steps carved into the rock and lined with quaint beach huts, Viking Bay is a great place to spend a day enjoying the coastal charms that the east Kent coast has to offer. It even features an old fashioned ice cream parlour called Morellis which has been serving the most delicious ice cream milkshakes since 1932.
Broadstairs is full of lots of foodie places from traditional fish n chips on the sea front too afternoon tea and bistro dining. We loved Wyatt and Jones a family run restaurant know for their use of local produce and modern rustic menus, we visited on a Sunday and had a delicious veggie roast dinner with all the works! We also ate at Samworth and Mee, located just off the beach they serve simple, fuss free food including mouth watering sea food and homemade desserts.
We love Brighton’s retro seaside charm; filled with vintage shops, a fairground filled pier and kitch ice cream parlours. An easy 70 minute train journey from London you find yourself transported straight away into the laidback seaside life. Once of the train head straight to the lanes admiring all of boutiques, vintage shops and local cafes.
One of our favourites is The Flour Pot Bakery who bake the most delicious bread and doughnuts to die for! For a sweet ice cream treat head to Gelato Gusto for the best ice cream in town. Brighton has one of the best selections of independent stores selling handmade artisan goods, a couple of our must visits include Waiste Vintage whose 70s inspired store is filled to the brim of good finds and one of the best plant selections!
For a spot of reading material head straight to Magazine Brighton who have a great range of independent magazines and super cute stationary. Finish your day strolling along the beach promenade taking in those ocean views with a cool beer in hand.