London is a great city but boy, oh boy, isn’t it nice to get away from the hustle and bustle with your pooch! It’s time to swap out polluted air but fresh sea air. Pack your picnic hamper, load up your car or get your train tickets ready, and follow along for our top ten picks of dog-friendly beaches near London!
We’ve covered everything from popular lakes with beaches to lidos, harbours, and magnificent beaches with tall white cliffs. Whether your dog loves swimming, sand dunes or a cuddle in a coastal pub, we’ve got an ideal spot for you both.
So, before we go feral with excitement, let’s get into our top ten already!
St Andrews Lake, Kent
There is also an onsite cafe that welcomes well-behaved dogs who need some shade from the sun. St Andrews is the perfect spot for active families and dogs as you can participate in kayaking, mega SUP rides, scuba diving, fresh water swimming, climbing and so much more. Dogs are allowed on SUPs in the PuP’s on SuP’s activity!
St Andrews Lake take is an hour and a half away from London by car. You can find out all about family activities in St Andrews Lake in our latest article, Family Fun At St Andrews Lake!
St Andrews Lakes, Quarry Grv, Halling, Rochester ME2 1BA
Wednesday 10 am–4 pm
Thursday 7:30 am–3:30 pm
Friday 10 am–6 pm
Saturday 10 am–6 pm
Sunday 10 am–4 pm
Ruislip Lido, Hillingdon
BUT we think you and your pooch will be more interested in the dog beach located next to the main beach. It’s the perfect place to let your dogs off to run, sniff and swim. Humans are not allowed to swim in the water but dogs can paddle in the shallow water. There are also plenty of trees if you are looking for some shade.
All in all, it’s a peaceful spot for dog owners and families and it’s just a 58 minute drive away from Central London.
Ruislip Lido, Hillingdon, HA4 7TY
Open everyday from 9am - 6pm
There are plenty of great photo opportunities by colourful beach huts, steep cliffs and of course, action shots of your pooch by the sea!
Dogs are allowed all year round, Woof-yeah!
43 The Parade, Walton on the Naze CO14 8AS
West Wittering, West Sussex
The stunning natural landscape of West Wittering is filled with all kinds of wildlife from vibrant wildflowers in the summer to nesting skylarks and even seals near the shoreline!
Make sure to pre-book your parking before visiting if you are arriving by car.
Pound Rd, West Wittering, Chichester PO20 8AJ
Saturday - Thursday 6:30am - 8:30pm
Friday 7am - 6pm
Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex
Cuckmere Haven, Seaford, BN25 4AR
Whitstable Beach, Kent
Make sure to pack a picnic blanket and some coats for the evening times as Whitstable Beach is known for its beautiful sunset.
32 Island Wall, Whitstable CT5 1ER
West Mersea Island, Essex
West Mersea has a very laid-back vibe so you and your dogs should be more than happy to visit this dog-friendly beach near London. It is approximately 70 miles away from London’s city centre which equates to a 2-hour drive.
401 Victoria Esplanade, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8AT
Kingsgate Bay, Kent
Kingsgate Bay Beach neighbours Joss Bay and Botany Bay. There is also a nearby pub which is a short walk from the beach and the car park. There is also a children’s play area located at the pub so your little sprogs can spend the last of their energy swinging and running around while you guzzle a crisp drink in the sunshine.
Kingsgate Bay is one of the most beautiful dog-friendly beaches near London on our list!
Whiteness Rd, Broadstairs CT10 3QL
Camber Sands Beach, East Sussex
Humans can enjoy everything from windsurfing to sunbathing along the shoreline. There is also a dog-friendly gastro pub nearby called William The Conqueror. You can enjoy Greek and Mediterranean cuisine and try something new like a halloumi burger!
This beach is dog-friendly all year round however, there are some restrictions during the Summer months as the beach becomes more popular with families. It takes 1-2 hours to travel here from London.
This is definitely one of our favourite picks for the best Dog-friendly Beaches Near London.
Sandwich Bay, Kent
Also here is an additional disclaimer for you… There is a nudist beach towards the end of the beach so if you don’t want to enter this part of the beach be mindful of how far you’ve walked or stay at the top end.
Sandwich Bay, Sandwich, CT13 9QD
Beach closes 30 minutes after sunset an opens 30 minutes before sunrise.
£7 entry to the beach
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