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The pretty town 90 minutes from London that is constantly voted one of the best places to go to the seaside

MyLondon logo MyLondon 14/03/2022 Rory Bennett

It's the time of year when the Uk begins to see the sun peeking out from behind the clouds and taking a trip to the seaside seems like an actual possibility after a long winter's hibernation. Although it might not be recommended to take a dip in the frigid ocean just yet, Spring offers a chance to enjoy sunny coastal towns without the masses of people clogging up the beaches and town centres.

There is a seaside town in particular that offers Londoners an easy and convenient Spring getaway. It was voted the best beach in the UK in 2020 and is only a 90-minute train journey away from the capital.

Deal in Kent is one of those quintessential quaint British seaside spots with great beaches, cute houses, delicious ice cream, sumptuous fish and chips and plenty of pubs. The town’s promenade is packed with boozers and sweet seafront shops which offer visitors to sit overlooking the English Channel.

The traditional town has remained unchanged for 100 years and the best place to see it in all its glory is from Deal Pier. The untarnished seafront means that visitors looking for something authentic can feel right at home.

READ MORE: Underrated seaside town 90 minutes from London with best beach named one of UK’s top destinations for day trips

What's the Deal with this place? © geograph.org.uk What's the Deal with this place?

There is also Deal Castle built by King Henry VIII as part of a chain of coastal defences and is one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England. History lovers might also be excited to learn more about the town’s old role as a smuggler haunt or visit the Timeball Tower and discover the vital role it once played in helping ships safely navigate along Deal's coastline.

The seafront properties haven't changed in over 100 years © geograph.org.uk The seafront properties haven't changed in over 100 years

You can also enjoy Deals town centre which has a lovely mixture of different architecture, from pastel-coloured Georgian townhouses to small fisherman’s cottages. If you aren’t in the mood for a swim, then enjoying the town’s range of independent shops might be for you with plenty of antique vendors to pique any collector's curiosity.

Deal Pier is the probably the best way to take in the whole town © Flickr Deal Pier is the probably the best way to take in the whole town

There are also plenty of galleries, exhibitions and museums to explore just in case you get unlucky and the weather turns during your stay. After you are done exploring you can head back down to the seafront for a scenic bite to eat. You could have fish and chips at Sea View, pub grub at the Smugglers Bar and Restaurant or afternoon tea at Little Harriettes of Deal Tea Rooms.

It would make a great day out or you can stay at one of the many bed and breakfasts in the area.

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