Places to go Surfing near London

by Callum Hemsley

Want to go surfing near London? Of course the obvious choice is Devon or Cornwall, but if you're looking for something closer than a three to five hour journey then we have all the info you need below.

Littlehampton, West Sussex

What we love: Littlehampton has a small beach break near the harbour. If there’s a east or southwesterly swell then you’ll find a left break off the groyne at high tide. But be aware it can get busy on a good day. 

Travel: 65 miles (1hr 45 minutes driving) from Central London.

Brighton, East Sussex 

What we love: Brighton’s West Pier is a popular  longboarding spot and ideal for beginners, especially at low tide! The sandbanks have shifted recently so this spot is not as good as it used to be, but still well worth checking out! 

Travel: 55 miles (1hr 28 minutes driving) from Central London.

Eastbourne, East Sussex

What we love: This spot offers a nice shelter from big waves generated by passing storms, it often works better at mid-tide when the swell is bigger. 

Travel: 74 miles (1hr 50 minutes driving) from Central London 

West Wittering, West Sussex

What we love: The Witterings can produce some great surf  at the right tide and on a south west swell. The best time of year is September through to April, and ideally you wanna be out one to three hours before high tide for the best conditions. There is also a great long boarding wave at East Witterings!

Travel: 85 miles (1hr 47 minutes driving) from Central London 

Joss Bay, Kent 

What we love: Joss Bay is Kent’s main surf spot with a variety of left and right-hand waves breaking over sandbars and chalk reef. It's at it's best when there is a strong northerly swell, but be aware of rips and shallow reef at low tide. 

Travel: 79 miles (1hr 48 minutes driving) from Central London  

Viking Bay, Kent

What we love: Viking Bay is the main beach for the town of Broadstairs. It’s a great spot if Joss Bay is too busy. You'll want to go to the end of the harbour pier at low tide for a great longboarding wave.

Travel: 82 miles (1hr 42 minutes driving) from Central London  

Now that you know about all the surfing spots near London all that's left to do is arrange a visit. You'll find a wide range of schools on eola where you can easily book a lesson.


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