If you're spending time in the UK, and you're dying for a seaside escape (yes, the UK does actually have some beautiful beaches!), then make your way south of London to the coastal city of Brighton. Small white houses line the streets leading away from the beach and at the waterfront, there's a large water park and pebbled beach where I spent many hours as a youngster fooling around.
How to Get to Brighton
Directly south of London on the coast, Brighton can be trained to but many of England's major cities, especially from London in just over an hour. You can buy train tickets at any UK railway station, or you can purchase them online from Trainline in advance (they're often more expensive last minute).
Things to See & Do in Brighton
Brighton Boardwalk & Pier
A favourite activity in Brighton is to wander along the boardwalk with the open shops, souvenir stores and fish and chip restaurants. The Boardwalk extends towards Brighton Pier, famous for its rides, arcade games and theme park food indulgences.
The Pavilion is a gorgeous royal seaside palace full of wonderful artifacts and artworks, all overlooking a vibrantly coloured and well-kept garden.
Here, quaint shops are nestled quite tightly in and amongst each other, and you can wander aimlessly through the delightful gems hidden in the winding alleys.
Whatever your fancy, sunny Brighton has something for you!