Sussex beauty spots have been named among the top beaches near London.

The accolades were awarded by media brand Time Out as it named ten “brilliant beaches” which would take less than two hours to get to from the capital.

One is Eastbourne’s Holywell Retreat.

It says: “Eastbourne’s long zig-zagged shingle beach at Grand Parade is an understandable draw, but just on the edge of town, at the end of the promenade and past the Italian Gardens and Holywell Tea Chalet, Holywell Retreat is worth seeking out.

It’s a laidback, peaceful little shingle beach that has some pretty blue and white beach chalets on it, backed by the gorgeous white cliffs of Beachy Head.

The South Downs coastal path and Rick Mathers’s elegant Towner Gallery of Contemporary Art are two more reasons to visit.”