London’s Urban Beaches

Head to the seaside this summer without even leaving the capital, as sand is shipped into London’s urban beaches.

Whether you are in London for work or leisure this summer, there’s still an opportunity to spend some time at the beach. That’s right, the capital has a wide selection of urban beaches, complete with sand and deck chairs, all you need now is the sunshine.

So, if you’ve got a few hours to spare and want to make the most of the great British summertime, grab your shorts and bucket and spade from your long-term serviced apartment in London and head to the beach. Don’t know which one to choose? Here are some of your options.

Copacabana Beach, Southbank Centre

It’s not just the 85 tonnes of white sand that has transformed part of the Queen Elizabeth Walk outside of the Southbank Centre into a beach. A former lifeguard post is serving up caipirinha cocktails, while there’s Malagueta chicken and halloumi on the grill to help bring those beach vibes and get everyone into the summer spirit.

Open until late every day up to September 14th.

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Beach East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

There’s a certain Rio theme to this year’s Beach East at the former Olympic Park in London. It gives families the chance to build sandcastles, enjoy traditional seaside snacks and fair rides and other activities without having to leave the city. There’s a large paddling pool for the kids and even a few DJs rocking up to provide some summer tunes. Up until August 21st, there’s also a big screen to watch the action unfold at a certain sporting event that is taking place in Brazil.

Visit daily between 10am and 10pm until September 4th.

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Brixton Beach Boulevard, Valentia Place

Possibly the coolest urban beach in the whole of London this summer can be found on a rooftop in Brixton. This ultimate party venue has done everything it can to bring back 1980s Miami culture from leotards to leg warmers and slicked back hair. Retro songs are played, old films screened and classic cocktails reinvented in this sand-covered and deckchair filled oasis of fun.

The party happens from Thursdays through to Sundays weekly until August 28th.

Camden Beach, The Roundhouse

Not content with dumping 150 tonnes of sand onto the roof of London’s Roundhouse, the creative team decided to go a few steps further. There’s a bar, ping pong facilities and deck chairs to hang out in, but if you want to make it one better, hire a beach hut to get the whole retro beach experience. Lying back with a cocktail and some barbecue food never felt so good.

Open until August 29th.

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The Beach at Brent Cross, Brent Cross Shopping Centre

A shopping centre may be the last place you’d expect to find a beach this summer, but at Brent Cross no expense has been spared in creating a traditional seaside atmosphere. Complete with 350 tonnes of sand, Punch and Judy shows, rides and slides, the beach brings back all the best things from childhood back for adults to enjoy and share with their own kids.

Access to the beach is possible until September 4th.

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