Best Dog-friendly Beaches Near London

three dogs running along the shoreline on a dog friendly beach in wales

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

dog and owner on SUP on st andrews lake
Don’t be fooled by the ‘lake’ part, St Andrews has a sandy beach and turquoise blue waters where families do lots of exciting watersports activities and dogs can join in too!

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!

Shape Location Get directions

St Andrews Lakes, Quarry Grv, Halling, Rochester ME2 1BA

Opening Times

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
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

ruislip lido in the sun
You may already be familiar with Ruislip Lido if you’ve read our article, Steam Train Railways in London as it is home to a picturesque miniature steam railway for kids. There is also a splash pad, Ruislip Woods, and of course, the 60-acre lake.

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. 

Shape Location Get directions

Ruislip Lido, Hillingdon, HA4 7TY

Opening Times

Open everyday from 9am - 6pm

Pricing

Free

Walton-On-The-Naze, Essex

beaches houses on seafront of dog friendly beach near london, Walton on the naze
Walton on the Naze has beautiful sandy beaches that the kids and your beloved dogs will enjoy.  It’s a very dog-friendly place and many of the cafés and pubs will have water bowls outside for your pooch too. Just remember to keep your dogs on their leads during the high season (May-September).

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!

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43 The Parade, Walton on the Naze CO14 8AS

Opening Times

Open 24/7

Pricing

Free

West Wittering, West Sussex

grassy sand dunes at west wittering beach
Soak up wonderful views of Chichester Harbour at this National Trust Beach. Head over to the East Head section of the beach where your dogs can run wild.

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.

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Pound Rd, West Wittering, Chichester PO20 8AJ

Opening Times

Saturday - Thursday 6:30am - 8:30pm

Friday 7am - 6pm

Pricing

Free

Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex

dog friendly beach cuckmere haven from a distance. white cliffs, blue sea, and lots of grass.
We’ve found another excellent all-year-round haven for seadogs located in East Sussex! Expect blooming flowers, grassland, steep cliffs and spectacular views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere River. There are also cycle trails alongside the coastline so if your dog can keep up why not go on a two-wheeled adventure?
Shape Location Get directions

Cuckmere Haven, Seaford, BN25 4AR

Opening Times

Open 24/7

Pricing

Free

Whitstable Beach, Kent

grassy hills and colourful beach huts overlooking the sea at whitstable beach kent
This stunning beach and harbour is a 2-hour drive however, the destination is worth the journey, okay? If you want to lessen your travel time we recommend getting a train instead as it takes 1.5 hours to get here from London. ANYHOO, this pet-friendly shingle beach has lots of space for your pooch to roam free all year round.

Make sure to pack a picnic blanket and some coats for the evening times as Whitstable Beach is known for its beautiful sunset.

Shape Location Get directions

32 Island Wall, Whitstable CT5 1ER

Opening Times

Open 24/7

Pricing

Free

West Mersea Island, Essex

Pastel coloured beach huts along the seafront at the west mersea beach during sunset.
If you are looking a traditional beach with charming qualities and colourful beach huts then West Mersea Island in Essex is a great place to take your bouncing pups. Go on walks along the seafront while the kids have a go on jetties, go crabbing or grab an ice cream! Just remember that dogs must be on leads during the peak season (Summer).

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.

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401 Victoria Esplanade, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8AT

Opening Times

Open 24/7

Pricing

Free

Kingsgate Bay, Kent

castle overlooking the wavy sea at kingsgate bay.
White chalk cliffs, sandy coves, and mysterious sea caves… Kingsgate Bay leaves a trail of mini-adventures that stretch along the entire coast for both kids and dogs to enjoy. And what’s more? This beautiful beach is dog-friendly all year round!

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! 

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Whiteness Rd, Broadstairs CT10 3QL

Opening Times

Open 24/7

Pricing

Free

Camber Sands Beach, East Sussex

sunset on camber sands beach
Camber Sands is the perfect place for adventurous doggos with plenty of sand dunes to play hide and seek behind, tall grass, miles of sand to run along, and lots of interesting sniffing spots. 

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.

Shape Location Get directions

Rye,
East Sussex,
TN31 7RN,
England

Opening Times

Open 24/7

Pricing

Free

Sandwich Bay, Kent

labrador dog paddling in the sea with red ball in its mouth
Sandwich is a private beach which costs £7 to enter. It’s dog-friendly all year round and is known as a sandy and shingle beach. If this beach is local to you and you like the idea of it being private then why not buy a yearly pass?

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.

Shape Location Get directions

Sandwich Bay, Sandwich, CT13 9QD

Opening Times

Beach closes 30 minutes after sunset an opens 30 minutes before sunrise.

Pricing

£7 entry to the beach

Found an ideal spot for you and your four-legged companion? The South East is packed full of excellent beaches that are just as beautiful and dog-friendly as the South West.

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