THE BLOG
07/31/2012 07:22 am ET Updated Sep 30, 2012

The Best Beaches Near London (PHOTOS)

Olympic attendees can escape the London crowds to see these nearby beaches that will remind them that they are, in fact, on an island. In order to capture these stretches of sand, ISLANDS sent photographer Jon Whittle on an odyssey around the British coast and into Wales.

These may be the best spots for beach volleyball, but beach-goers would be wise to forego bikinis in favor of sweaters or some decent tweeds.

-- ISLANDS Editors

Read more island travel stories like this at islands.com, and join the conversation on our Facebook page.