If you’re living in the city - especially central London - you’re probably familiar with feeling a little cramped at times. Especially during a pandemic when we can’t travel abroad or do many of the things we usually would. 

So, staycations are the new vacations! And if you aren’t looking for a full weekend away, then day trips are an excellent way to escape, relax, and see new places. 

In this article, we will be talking about three beautiful places across the Thanet coastline, all within a two hour drive from central London. 

 

Botany Bay

Botany Bay is a beautiful beach located in Broadstairs, Kent. It’s 79.2 miles from London Bridge, which is precisely a two hour drive. 

Botany Bay Day Trip

Here, you’ll find chalk cliffs and a wonderfully sandy beach. The water has been given a Blue Flag award for water quality, meaning the Environment Agency has determined that it’s high-quality and suitable for bathing.

As well as swimming, you can kayak, canoe, body board, and even surf these waters with lifeguards on duty throughout the day. Botany Bay is also an excellent place to sunbathe - with deck chairs available to rent - go fossil-hunting or fly kites.

There is a small car park directly by the beach, but if this is full, there is plenty of street parking nearby. Dogs are banned on the beach from the 1st of May until the 31st of September between 10 AM and 6 PM each day. So, if you want to bring your pooch, bear this in mind! 

Botany Bay Hotel

The Botany Bay Hotel is situated upon the cliffs by the beach. If you’d like to extend your daytrip into a longer stay, this place offers beautiful, elegant rooms with stunning views over the cliffs to the sea. 

Or, if you are sticking to a daytrip, the hotel also has a great bar and restaurant. With affordable prices, the menu offers a wide variety of foods. You’ll find fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches, sides, as well as plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. 

 

Ramsgate

Ramsgate is a seaside town also situated in Thanet, Kent. It’s 79 miles from London Bridge, which equates to just under a two hour drive. 

Ramsgate Day Trip

Ramsgate is known for its Royal Harbour, sandy beaches, and beautiful historical architecture. You can swim and sunbathe in the beautiful bays, or even take a boat trip to spot wild seals!

The town boasts picturesque streets and interesting architecture, making it a lovely place to walk around. The lively shopping area has a frequent traditional market, as well as plenty of options for cafes, pubs, and restaurants. 

The waterfront bars have a particularly nice vibe, with beautiful views of the coast and a relaxing atmosphere. 

Ramsgate has a blossoming arts scene with a range of galleries open to visitors and new independent businesses popping up. In fact, Vincent Van Gogh even lived here for a short while!

 

Margate

Lastly on our list, we have the town of Margate, also situated in Thanet, Kent. Margate is 76.9 miles from London Bridge, which is just under a two hour drive. 

Margate Day Trip

Margate is well known for its beautiful sandy beach, as well as its artsy, hip, and fun vibe. Seaside kitsch is very popular in Margate – the town attracts artists and quirky individuals, with lots of different art galleries you can go and visit.

There are also plenty of hipster hangout spots, quirky cafes, retro shops, and new independent businesses which is a great thing to support. Plus, if you’d like to extend your day trip to a longer escape, there are beautiful seaside hotels you can stay in. 

For something more exciting, you may choose to visit Dreamland Margate. Dreamland is a vintage amusement park with quirky rides, including the UK’s oldest wooden roller coaster! After trying out the rides, you can visit the Roller Disco, take the kids to the Octopus’s Garden, and then stop for food and drinks from the park concessions or restaurants and bars.