For Londoners keen to escape the city for a bracing blast of sea air on a promenade or in a deckchair, the resort to head for is Broadstairs, according to the new edition of the Heinz Guide to British Beaches 1994 (Vermilion, pounds 6.99). Broadstairs, once

the summer haunt of Charles Dickens, is described as having 'among the most pleasing' promenade, harbour and bay in the whole of south-east England.

The award for the best beach in the north Kent area goes to Botany Bay: 'a clean sun trap sheltered by white cliffs and with several hundred yards of gorgeous sands.'