If you’re looking to get away from the mass of people coming to London for the Olympics, here are a few options.
1) Southend-on-Sea, Essex
This is a lovely seven-mile stretch of beaches not far from London, with the pick being Shoeburyness East Beach because of its windsurfing area, grassy headland and long sand beach. Southend has the world’s longest leisure pier, The Southend Pier. The train from Liverpool Street Station to Southend takes about an hour.