Kitesurfing © Alena Yakusheva/iStock/Thinkstock
Samuel Johnson once famously remarked that “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,” but we suspect his London was not as hectic or crowded as ours is today. 
 
Take a few hours out from the daily grind and recharge your batteries with help from our guide to Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex. Feel invigorated by the fresh salt air, skim pebbles as you stroll along the shingle beach, or even try out a new water sport.
 
Shoreham Beach © Nickos/iStock/Thinkstock
 
Located just west of Brighton and Hove on the Sussex coast, Shoreham-by-Sea is an old English seaside town and port with a diverse landscape and abundant wildlife on its doorstep. Bordered on either side by the crashing sea and the undulating hills of the South Downs National Park, it’s the perfect location for an active day out in the country. Shoreham can be reached within two hours via the A23 when travelling from London. Zipcar makes the journey easy: simply roll out of bed, pick up your vehicle, and embark on your hassle-free seaside voyage.
 
Chambers Bistro © Monkey Business Images/iStock/Thinkstock
 
For a modern dining experience in the heart of Shoreham-by-Sea, make luncheon reservations at Chambers Bistro (Old Town Hall, High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5DD, Tel. 01273 446677, http://www.chambersbistro.co.uk/). Housed within the pomp and grandeur of the Old Town Hall, the bistro is friendly and family-run, with a fixed-price lunch menu starting from only £8. Affordable luxuries include a flavoursome fish and leek pie, locally sourced, and mouth-watering moules marinières with a white wine and cream sauce and hand-cut chips.
 
The Marlipins © gourmetphotography/iStock/Thinkstock
 
If cloth napkins and drizzled jus aren’t your thing, head to The Marlipins Pub (38 High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5DA, Tel. 01273 957286, http://www.themarlipinsshorehambysea.co.uk/) instead. This homely and historic pub, which dates to 1664, is one of the friendliest in town. Settle down at one of the tables in the cosy interior and order a plate of homemade comfort food from the traditional menu, including the ploughman’s lunch, steak, kidney & ale pie, and batter crisp haddock.
 
Kitesurfing © Alena Yakusheva/iStock/Thinkstock
 
After lunch is the perfect time to take a dip in the sea and try out a new activity. Kitesurfing (or kiteboarding) is a mix of windsurfing, surfing, wakeboarding, and power kiting. One of the world’s fastest growing sports, it’s perfectly suited to the blustery conditions along the Sussex coast. 
 
There are several places you can go to experience this adrenaline rush in Shoreham-by-Sea, including Kite Surf Kings (Shoreham Beach, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5YF, Tel. 01273 888833, http://www.kitesurfkings.com/), which offers comprehensive lessons to riders of all abilities. Another great choice is Brighton Kitesurf & SUP Academy (135 Brighton Road, Lancing Beach, BN15 8RA, Tel. 07872 904302, http://www.brightonkitesurfandsupacademy.com/), which also provides lessons in paddle boarding, a newer sport that’s perhaps less daunting on the first attempt.  
 
Kiteboarding girls © David Mody/iStock/Thinkstock
 
Once you’ve experienced the buzz of kitesurfing at Shoreham-by-Sea, don’t head back to London too soon. Pick up your Zipcar and drive a couple of miles west along the coast to nearby Worthing, a lesser-known local hotspot. Worthing has a large tidal range, so it’s best approached at some point during the two hours either side of high tide; focus your kitesurfing efforts at the pier, Yacht Club, or the Sea Lane Café for the best conditions, with a good cross wave for jumping and a bit of riding. Parking is available at all three.
 
If you’re looking for an exhilarating escape to the coast, look no further than a day trip to Shoreham-by-Sea. Just hop in your Zipcar and you’ll find a tranquil respite from city life in no time at all.
 
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