Seaside fun in Hastings
Things are about to get jolly busy. In a few weeks I will return to studying full-time and so I decided to take some time off and have a break from the hustle and bustle of London. My mum came to stay with me for the week and we took a trip to visit one of my closest friends in Hastings.
Hastings is less than two hours by train from London Charing Cross and since I last visited during the Christmas holidays, the newly refurbished pier has opened. The pier, in my opinion, is quite sparse and I think this allows you to take in the beautiful coastline particularly when you walk to the end and glance back, you really get a sense of the beautiful architecture and make-up of this historic town.
This was the perfect day out. The sun was shining and we took a stroll along the seafront before lunch. We then had a mooch around the shops in the Old Town before stopping for a delicious ice-cream from Di Polas (I chose pistachio and honeycomb).
As you wander you around Hastings you will spot beautiful sculptures and the photographs here are pieces by the local artist Leigh Dyer. Hastings has a really friendly atmosphere and having grown-up in York, I love its history and quirky vibe.
We walked back along the beach to West St Leonards railway station and the sea breeze certainly blew the cobwebs away. I would highly recommend visiting Hastings. I think it's one of our loveliest seaside resorts close to London.