The tidal flood affecting the Thames on Sunday 30th(OS) was associated with this storm, though the tidal storm surge for this event was more significant on the Severn and along the Dutch coast.
Twelve warships with 1300 men on board were lost in sight of land, Eddystone lighthouse was destroyed and practically all shipping in the Thames was destroyed or damaged.
There is also the White Beach that, as its name suggests, is a stretch of white sand beach just minutes southeast of the seaport. The clear, deep, blue waters (even during low tides) are excellent for swimming and diving.
The Bomba Beach, located in barangay Bomba some 2 kilometers away from the city, is also a good area for swimming and fishing, with a bomba bridge and natural coral reefs.
Of particular interest (to me anyway) is the historical data from 4000BC(! Given the sometimes informal nature of the historical sources, it is necessarily a little patchy but it makes for fascinating reading.
It was 'remarkably dry' overall Britain and near continent. Dry years were common, while wet years were few & far between.
The Philippines, being a country archipelago of islands and seas, have naturally wonderful beaches, some of which are famous the world over.
Beaches like Puerto Galera, Boracay, and the various beaches in Cebu rake in tourists from around the world all year round because of their pristine and cool blue waters and fine, white-sand shores.
(Actually, one report I have found says that the Thames was frozen sufficiently for such 1st-4th January; this would imply that the spell starting 7th was immediately preceded by a 'milder' spell of a few days, with December being cold.The coral reefs are artificially made, but the whole place is very much ideal for swimming, fishing, and boating.During low tides, a smaller, more undeveloped island appears and like the rest, is also suitable for fishing and swimming.The damage due to the storm and flood in London alone was estimated to be £ 2 000 000. On the south Wales coast, a tidal surge drove up the Bristol Channel, leaving the port of Bristol in ruins, and the hinterland under water. Considerable structural damage occurred across England & Wales, with large loss of standing timber (much as 1987/Oct).[ Lamb quotes 'new-style' dates for this event of 7th/8th December 1703.] Additional notes: 1. Estimates of total loss of life are around 8000, which makes it much worse than the October 1987 event.In London alone, 22 people were drowned, 21 people were killed and 200 injured by falling and flying debris.