Beaches surrounding London


Blue sky, a light warm breeze, the slight taste of salt water on your lips and the sound of waves in your ear. Great Britain is an island and these usually come with the perk of being surrounded by water and having a lot of beaches. So for the summer season, I thought I’d provide you with some suggestions of beaches surrounding London one could go to.

Camber Sands, East Sussex

Four miles from Rye in East Sussex, the impressive dunes system that makes Camber Sands the south coast’s most Arabian-looking beach destination is filled with wonders, from the marram grasses and pretty chestnut fences that help keep the sands from shifting to the Kit Kat Café, perfect for watching kitesurfers on the water and horseback riders along its edge. A number of ‘desert’ films were shot here, including ‘Carry On Follow That Camel’.Camber Sands

Get there: one hour 40 minutes by train from London St Pancras International to Rye, with a change at Ashford and a short bus ride to the beach



Tankerton Beach and The Street, Whitstable, Kent

The Street, a 750-metre-long stretch of shingle that pokes out from Whitstable’s pretty Tankerton beach at low tide, offers lovely views back to the groyne-dotted beach, and beyond it the colourful clapboard houses and beach huts of nearby Whitstable. When you’ve had your fill of beach time, it’s time for a bellyful of the town’s native oysters; head for Harbour Street and High Street for a fantastic selection of places to try them.Tankerton Beach and The Street

Get there: one hour 20 minutes by train from London Victoria or one hour 10 minutes from St Pancras International to Whitstable





West Wittering, West Sussex

Weathered shabby-chic beach huts on a huge Blue Flag beach makes this West Sussex spot one of the south coast’s finest for all kinds of beach activities. You can get involved in sunbathing and safe swimming (lifeguards patrol here in the summer months), go rock-pooling or just explore the ecology of the salt marshes at the western end of the beach, where East Head marks the entrance to Chichester Harbour. Behind the beach, the South Downs stretch away to offer lots of great countryside walks, too.West Wittering Beach

Get there: one hour 30 minutes by train from London Victoria to Chichester, plus a bus ride to the beach.



Margate Beach

Margate’s central beach offers visitors an award-winning wide, sandy stretch backed by a traditional seaside resort. A boardwalk gives easy access to the beach and is the perfect spot to while away a sunny afternoon.

Get there: one hour and 30 minutes by train from St. Pancras International to Margate and a five minute walk to the beach.Margate





Bournemouth Beach

Nestled beneath a magnificent cliff line, the bay enjoys its own micro-climate, some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK and stunning views of the Isle of Wight and the Purbecks. Whatever you want from a day at the beach, you’ll find it all here.Bournemouth

Get there: one hour and 45 minutes by train from Waterloo Station to Bournemouth and a five minutes bus ride to the beach


Brighton Beach

A very popular feature of Brighton’s seafront, a huge expanse of shingle with a wide selection of bars, restaurants and art galleries located under the arches. The pier is one of the most visited features while the i360 is one not to be missed.

Get there: one hour and 10 minutes by train from St. Pancras International to Brighton, plus a 10 min bus ride from Brighton Station to Sea Life Centre.

Brighton Beach

I hope you’ll like my little selection of local beaches. Remember to use a sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or higher. Put on sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going out in the sun.

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FCE & CAE Summer Courses


Intrigued about the Cambridge Exam Preparation courses? In this Academic Blog, one of our amazing teachers, Tom tells you everything you need to know about the Cambridge exam courses. The advantages, the content and what to expect while studying it. Tom is a seasoned exam teacher with an impeccable track record on students’ pass rates. So here is what he has to say.


“Have you ever thought about taking an official English qualification? Many English learners, sooner or later, think about taking an examination, whether for a specific job requirement, to get a certificate, or just to prove their ability to themselves. However, once they start to do some research they are confronted with a bewildering array of options, IELTS, CAE, TOEFL, BULATS, FCE, TOEIC, and more other confusing acronyms, which can make it a very difficult choice for the student!

I would like to talk about two exams from Cambridge, the First Certificate in English (FCE) and the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), the value of taking those exams, and the advantages of studying for the test on our Cambridge summer course here at Tti School of English.

Both the FCE and the CAE are internationally recognised qualifications, with over 20,000 organisations specifically recognising the certificates, a number that is only growing. This figure includes businesses, academic institutions like schools and research centres, and even governments! They can be useful in college applications, as well as giving your CV the edge over other job candidates with similar work experience. One advantage in this area is that, unlike the IELTS and TOEIC certificates which both expire after just two years, once you have the FCE and CAE you have them for life!

There are also advantages in terms of language-learning itself; the Cambridge exams are the only major English tests that include a ‘Use of English’ section, the practice of which will improve your knowledge of the language as well as giving you more confidence with English grammar. Not only this, but the difficulty of the questions are targeted to students of a specific level (B2 for FCE, C1 for CAE), whereas in the IELTS and TOEIC there will be questions above your level as well as below because with those exams everybody takes the same text regardless of ability.


What are the benefits of taking a Cambridge exam course at Tti School of English in the summer? Of course, there are the obvious advantages of studying here in Camden, a vibrant counter-cultural hotspot in the heart of London, and learning at such a friendly school with a great community as we have here at Tti! The other thing we can offer is flexibility. Many dedicated courses for Cambridge exam preparation have a fixed length of say eight weeks, and a fixed start and end date. Here at Tti, we recognize that this is not always a realistic proposition for our busy students, who may have to fit any course around existing commitments like jobs or family, so we offer you the ability to choose when you start your course and how many weeks you want to study.”

So what are you waiting for? Contact us at for more information, or to book your course now!

Tips on how to nail the CAE Exam


The Cambridge Advanced Certificate is a much sought after qualification. It is the final reward for an often long journey of English Language studies. Here at Tti School, we offer preparation courses for the exam, led by our very experienced teachers – who boast an impeccable pass record. It is a long and demanding course which requires grit, endurance and hard work from the students. But fear not! We spoke to our teacher Luke who’s currently teaching the Cambridge Advanced course to ask for his best tips. And we asked his students what they expect from the course and exam. Keep on reading!

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