London’s parks are a fine space to enjoy the sunny weather. But for many people you just can’t beat a day at the seaside.
Especially not when we’re in the middle of a heatwave that has sent thermometers to new heights for the first time this year.
Sunday was officially declared the hottest day of the year so far in the UK as the mercury reached 31.6C in Heathrow, West London.
Roads were very busy on coastal routes, and the popular south and east coast beaches near London were no exception.
Pictures from the popular spots saw revellers packing on to the sands and pebbles to spend their Sunday sizzling in the Sun.
Some concerns over Covid were expressed with large crowds gathering on beaches as Covid cases reach new highs for the first time in months.
But many were glad to be outdoors and in the fresh air. Here’s what some of the most popular spots near London looked like