Amanda Gegg, February 2018
When you think of bright yellow sandy beaches, we’re guessing that London might not have previously been a place that sprung to mind. However, all of this is about to change thanks to the growing popularity of urban beaches, which are springing up all over the capital. Many of these have remained a secret until now, but we’re here today to show you how to find them…
Southbank Centre Urban Beach (Waterloo or Embankment Tube)
In good old Southbank Centre style, they have decided to bring back their urban beach – a free event for the summer months – which proved to be a raging success among families and youngsters last year. Just be prepared for it to get busy!
Neverland / Fulham Beach Club (Wandsworth Station or Parson’s Green Tube)
After last year’s very successful stint, Neverland is back to provide its guests with a Thames-side beach party, complete with makeshift terraced bar, gourmet food vendors and, of course, an array of gorgeous blue-striped deckchairs, so you can really nestle your toes in the sand.
Royal Docks Beach (Royal Victoria Station, Canning Town)
Still holding on to the title of London’s largest urban beach, Royal Docks tend to up the ante every year and have this time added an array of activities such as sailing and stand-up paddleboarding to their repertoire.
Ken’s Bar and Garden Beach Club (Gloucester Road Tube, Kensington).
Tucked away just off the Cromwell Road, you would never know such an oasis was waiting for you, located in the grounds of a church no less. And for £35 you can treat yourself to a pitcher of cocktail and a sharing platter to keep you going through those tough sunbathing sessions.
Ruislip Lido (Ruislip Tube Station)
For those of you after a more authentic experience, Ruislip Lido is the only beach on this list that isn’t dependant on the seasons and the natural sands draw in thousands of visitors every year.
Hampstead Beach (Finchely Road & Frognal or West Hampstead Stations)
Organised by the Jewish Community Centre (a.k.a. ‘JW3’), the Hampstead Beach is back this year (from 1 July – 2 September) for people north of the river to put their feet up and bathe in the good vibes.
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