Escape the hustle and bustle of London life and head to these sandy pockets of paradise in the city instead. Here are our city cheats of the best London beaches for all the family, sure to bring that holiday feeling without even needing a passport!
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Brixton Roof Top beach
Nearest tube: Brixton
Be transported to Havana with this Cuban feel rooftop urban beach. This exotic space serves up Pina Coladas and Mojitos a plenty, and also offers a rotating choice of street food vendors such as Mama’s Jerk and Mac to the Future. And there’s more! Over the summer the beach is also home to music nights, bottomless brunch sessions and salsa classes. Ministry Does Fitness will also be paying a visit to the rooftop with a full programme of yoga and HIIT sessions too. Cubanito cocktails after a workout?! We’re in.
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Neverland Fulham Beach Club
364 Wandsworth Bridge Road
Nearest tube: Wandsworth, Parsons Green
Kick back Thameside in your very own beach hut or exclusive cabana at this indoor/outdoor beach venue. You will be spoilt for choice with two bars – Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club pop-up restaurants and Pineapple Pizza – whilst listening to live DJ’s. Perfect for a group of friends, there’s also a variety of weekly events from Shuffleboard, Beer Pong and Croquet. The ultimate beach club concept will also be home to a big screen for films and sports as well as immersive themed fancy dress parties. Keep an eye out for weekly offers whether it’s Bottomless Bubbly Brunches your looking for or an afternoon spent sand sculpting. There is also an exclusive membership option available for those planning on extending their summer vacay!
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Brunch at the beach
15 Montague St
Nearest tube: Russell Square
The beach at The Montague Hotel is Back again this summer with the addition of a two-hour bottomless brunch and unlimited refills – yes, you heard us right! The cocktails on offer range from Mimosa’s to Vodka Melon Cooler’s whilst the brunch menu, which comes in the form of sharing dishes, has show-stoppers such as the cheesy fried camembert with cranberry sauce, with an ice cream cone to finish! Both vegetarian and vegan options are available on request. The beach (home to real sand), completes the Bahamian setting with its beach-hut style thatched roof. You’ll be able enjoy your brunch in the hotel’s sunny conservatory, whilst having full access on the outdoor Wood Deck for beach-side cocktails.
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The Beach at Brent Cross
Prince Charles Drive
Nearest tube: Brent Cross
Looking for the ultimate family day out? This is the beach for you. With two awards to its name, this is far more than just a sandy beach. There are splash pools, 25 different rides for all ages as well as exciting free lessons for little ones. Upholding the British seaside theme, the food and drink includes classics such as fish and chips, hotdogs, Pimms and slushies. Screenings of Wimbledon and family fun from circus workshops to Punch & Judy make this a sure win for everyone.
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Lee Valley White Centre
Nearest Train Station: Waltham Cross
Lee Valley White Water Centre will be opening a 2,600M² beach this summer. It will be host to three volleyball courts and a beach football pitch, giving visitors the option to rent out the courts to play or spectate from the comfort of a deck chair. The beach even has the seal of approval coming from England and Beach Football, who will be using the beach as their training base this summer and for hosting International tournaments.
Will you be taking a trip to a London beach this summer? Let us know how you’re planning on soaking up the sun in the comments below!