Did you know that London has beaches? They are different from ones found in the tropics, but in light of London’s recent heatwave, they are a great way to get into the spirit of the summer season. As such, below are four of the best beaches in London.
The Lido Cafe
Location: Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road, London, SE24 0PA
The Lido Cafe in Herne Hill doesn’t have any sand, but it’s been nicknamed ‘Brixton beach’ for a long time, and a drink under white canopies of the cafe terrace, among the tropical foliage, feels very much like an afternoon by the riviera. The restaurant serves a summer menu to make the most of its Mediterranean-esque poolside space in Brockwell Park with cocktails, seasonal bites and a BBQ.
Address: Albert Wharf, Fulham, London, SW6 2TY
Neverland London brings the tropics to Fulham with a 20-metre white sandy beach, palm trees, pastel painted beach huts, deck chairs, swings and daybeds. The Thameside beach has some great street food bars, including Jimmy’s BBQ and Pizza Shed, and a drinks bar shaking up great cocktails. There are also games including shuffleboard, ping pong, beer pong and croquet, and on the weekends, join a yoga class or enjoy bottomless brunch. Visitors can hire a beach hut and or daybed to make a day of it! Entry starts at £10.
The Beach, Brent Cross
Location: Prince Charles Drive, London NW4 3FP
The Beach at Brent Cross Shopping Centre is the ultimate family day out. This year the beach has more sand, more space and more water! As well as a sandy beach, there are splash pools and over 25 different rides for all ages. The food and drink takes on a British seaside theme, which includes fish and chips, hotdogs and doughnuts, waffles, and Pimms.. Entry start at £3.
Dock Beach, Royal Victoria Docks
Location: 1 Siemens Brothers Way, London, E16 1GB
The Dock Beach returns to the Royal Docks from 18 July 2018 with new features including a 22-metre outdoors pool on the dock edge, sun deck and children’s paddling pool, as well as a programme of events from pop-up classes and live music to BBQs and film screenings. There’ll be sand, perfect for building sandcastles, as well as street food and cocktails. A big screen will be showing family favourites on Saturdays in August, with day screenings for parents and little ones, as well as classic films in the evening for all to enjoy from the comfort of a deckchair. On Fridays evenings throughout August (excluding Friday 3rd), you can enjoy some summer chill-out tunes. Entrance to the beach is Free. Open daily from 10am-8pm until 2 September.