With half term and the long bank holiday not too far away, you might be planning on taking a break from the big smoke and breathing some fresh country air.

Whether that be travelling to the green, green countryside of Kent or the quaint villages of Sussex, there are plenty of places you can visit that are easy to get to.

But if you were planning on trying to soak up all the hot weather we’re expecting for the bank holiday, then you want to plan a trip to the beach.

From London, there are plenty of beaches that are just over an hour away to get to, and if you don’t fancy the stress of driving there are plenty of direct trains you can hop on.

So before you try and hunt down the best beach that is easy to get to, we may have already found the perfect beach.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Margate. (TripAdvisor)Margate. (TripAdvisor)

Best beaches an hour away from London:

Margate-

It only takes an hour and a half to get to the sunny beach of Margate, the now fashionable town that is most known for its Turner Contemporary Galley and the iconic vintage theme park, Dreamland. 

Margate has a hoard of great restaurants with many directly on the seafront and the sandy beaches are the perfect spot to relax and take in the sun. 

Hastings-

Hop on the train and in just under two hours you'll be in the lovely seaside town of Hastings. 

With plenty of attractions from a mini-golf course, arcades, rides, cliff railways, and the Battle Abbey. 

Plus, there are plenty of choices of brilliant fish and chip shops too, and even better many are directly on the beachfront so you can relax on the beach whilst enjoying some yummy fish and chips. 

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Camber Sands .(Tripadvisor)Camber Sands .(Tripadvisor)

Camber Sands-

Close to the historic town of Rye, Camber Sands is the perfect spot if you loved cool white sands and impressive dunes. 

Many claim it is the best beach in the south of England, with its endless amounts of sand easy to get to and the kids can be entrained all day with just a bucket and a spade.

Brighton-

The iconic city of Brighton takes just over an hour to get to, and is well known and loved for its impressive pier, grand pavilion, and endless shops on the Lanes. 

You can never be bored in Brighton thanks to its endless attractions and miles of beachfront where you could easily spend the day soaking in the sun and swimming in the sea. 

Southend-on-sea-

In just an hour you can be on the shores of Southend-on-sea, the classic seaside town has everything you could want ever want.

Known for being the owner of the longest pleasure pier in the world, it has arcades, fairground rides, fresh doughnuts and of course, plenty of choices for fish and chips.