Life’s a beach at one of London’s sandy summer spots.
If you’re big on golden sands, but find the British sea breeze a bit too bracing, why not pop along to one of London’s fun urban beaches? Finely ground silica fragments never felt so good!
1) Ken’s Bar And Garden Beach Club, Kensington
With St. Stephens Church in the background, this is a calming, classy chill-out spot just off South Kensington’s Cromwell Road, furnished with a mix of sun loungers, cosy cabanas and beach sofas. Walking distance to the area’s famous museums, you can get a refreshing cocktail pitcher to share and mouthwatering snack platter for two from just £35 here.
2) Royal Docks Urban Beach, Docklands
The Royal Docks gets beachy between July 18 – Sep 2, with tonnes of sand and deck chairs by the waterside. There are boating and paddleboarding opportunities here, too – find out more here!
3) Southbank Centre Urban Beach, Southbank
More sandpit than actual beach, this one’s really just for the kids. (Personally, we prefer the fountains!)
4) Montague on the Gardens’ Beach Bar, Bloomsbury
There’s a touch of the tropical at this beach bar near the British Museum, popping up at a hotel all summer long. They even offer a mean brunch.
This multi-faceted courtyard in east London is home to street food, a mezzanine restaurant, private party areas, karaoke, and wild World Cup screenings. And sure, there’s a bit of sand, too! More info.
6) Neverland / Fulham Beach Club, Fulham
You can chill out on day beds, hire your own beach hut or indulge in games of ping pong and shuffleboard at this riverside ‘beach’ next to Wandsworth Bridge. Find out more about Neverland.
7) Ruislip Lido
A bonafide beach on a lake on the outskirts of west London, Ruislip Lido also includes a climbable pirate ship for kids, a café, a miniature train that’ll take you around the site and miles of woodland paths to explore. Find out more about the London beach at Ruislip Lido.
Prefer the real thing? Check out our guide to beaches near London.