The gorgeous seaside town near London which is home to one of Britain’s best tea rooms – My London



London is amazing – but sometimes it’s great to venture out of the capital.

Around an hour away is the lovely town of Maldon, in Essex, which is a gorgeous seaside town that offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Boasting a rich history, there’s tons of stuff to do there.

The small town is famous for its Hythe Quay, home to a cluster of barges bobbing in the water.

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Promenade Park is popular among residents and visitors, and it’s no wonder why due to the many playgrounds and children’s activity areas.

The park is also home to the famous Splash Park, which is a popular water playground for children. It is normally open between March and September, but due to the coronavirus pandemic it will not be opening this year.

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There’s also Pirates Bay Adventure Golf, Maldon Museum and beach huts which are available to hire for the day.

In the town centre, on High Street and Market Hill, there are some of the oldest buildings in Maldon and Essex.

For example, the tower of St Peters is attached to a building erected in 1704, which housed Dr Thomas Plume’s library and the then-known Maldon Grammar School.

Hythe Quay is simply stunning
(Image: Essex Chronicle)

A short walk away is Maldon’s Moot Hall, a unique Grade I listed heritage building built in the 15th century which now hosts events, performances, exhibitions and even weddings.

A walk down to Heybridge Basin offers stunning views, as well as a decent selection of cafés and pubs.

And we haven’t even mentioned one of the best things about Maldon yet – its amazing selection of tea rooms.

One is among the best in Britain, according to CountryFile.

The Barge Tearooms, located on board ‘Resourceful’ at Cooks Yard on the Hythe Quay, serves breakfasts, light lunches, homemade cakes and afternoon teas.

The Maldon Regatta is an annual celebration
(Image: Essex Chronicle)

While eating on the top deck you can experience amazing riverside views.

From £15 per person, it will be a shame not to give it a go!

Another great place to dine for afternoon tea is Mrs Salisbury’s Famous Tea Rooms, which was founded in 2014.

Throughout lockdown it launched Mrs Salisbury’s in the Park, serving afternoon tea picnic baskets in Promenade Park – an idea which was incredibly popular.

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Another tea room not to be missed is Tiptree Tea Room at The Lock, Heybridge Basin.

While it’s located in a gorgeous location, overlooking the waterfront, it also sells café-style breakfasts, home-made lunches and ‘Tiptree’ cream teas.

So, the next time you’re searching for a nice day out or relaxing few days away, look no further than Maldon.

Promenade Park is popular among visitors and residents
(Image: Essex Chronicle)
How to get there

The easiest way to get to Maldon is to drive.

It takes just under an hour from London, with the fastest route being via the M25 and A12.

Unfortunately Maldon does not have a train station, so if you wanted to travel via train your best bet is to head to Chelmsford, which takes around 50 minutes from London Bridge.

From Chelmsford city centre you can catch a bus to Maldon town centre, which will take around 30 minutes.

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