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London's Best Beaches

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In the height of the summer, there’s little better than reclining in a deckchair, sand between your toes and a cocktail in hand. But if you’re landlocked in London don’t worry, there are plenty of urban beaches to ensure you get your coastal fix without the two-hour train journey. Here’s our pick of the best beaches in the city…

Beach East

The UK’s largest urban beach, Beach East sits on Stratford Waterfront, near Westfield and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium, for those who’d rather boycott the coastal traffic. A huge paddling pool, funfair rides, two beach bars and a wide range of sporting events create a real British seaside feel. Thrill seekers can ditch the sunbathing and venture to the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide, which is located just around the corner from the beach.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford E20 2ST, open from 21st July – 2nd September, £2 admission, kids under five go FREE



Miami Beach Backyard Cinema

You won’t be able to soak up the rays – this cinematic spectacle is set indoors at Elephant & Castle’s Mercato Metropolitano – but the sandy beaches are enough to make this qualify. Backyard Cinema’s latest creative pop-up is Miami Beach-themed, so expect sand between your toes, gigantic beanbags, large piña coladas at the Flamingo Beach Bar and an array of cult film classics.

Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle SE1 6DR, various dates in July and August, tickets from £16.50



Big Screen on the Beach

NW1’s answer to Barbados is back for its sixth year, transforming the Roundhouse’s terrace with a carpet of white sand. Deck chairs, ping pong tables and a fully stocked bar await, as well as a catalogue of new releases and cult cinema classics. If you really want to relax in style, book one of the IBIS Beach Beds, which come fully loaded with snacks, a bottle of wine or a bucket of beers, a large popcorn and two ice creams.

Chalk Farm Road NW1 8EH, open every day from 15th July – 28th August, 12pm – midnight



Brixton Beach

With beach parties, barbecues, Ministry of Sound-inspired fitness classes and DJs spinning the decks from dawn till dusk, Brixton’s Havana-inspired beach resort is set to be the pop-up of the summer, promising sun, sand, Cuban cocktails and delicious street eats. There are weekly barbecues every Thursday, welcoming some of the best restaurants to the beach – including Mama’s Jerk and Negril – and July brings the colourful carnival vibes, to celebrate Cuba’s biggest holiday, Carnival de Cuba.

Brixton Rooftop, Pope's Road, Brixton SW9 8JH, open Monday to Thursday 6pm – 11pm; Friday 6pm – midnight; Saturday 1pm – midnight; Sunday 1pm – 11pm, tickets from £10



Hampstead Beach at JW3

Hampstead is launching the latest instalment of sun, sand and cocktails in the capital, where there’ll be drinks, food and coastal vibes, plus a paddling pool, to get everyone in the summer spirit.

341-351 Finchley Road, Hampstead NW3 6ET, open from Sunday 2nd July, 9am – 10:30pm, FREE entry



Last Days of Shoreditch Riviera

East London’s legendary street food and music fest Last Days of Shoreditch has returned to the capital for the summer, and this time there’s an avocado bar and an urban beach. Renamed Last Days of Shoreditch Riviera, the street food fest comes complete with its own sandy beach overlooked by palm trees and decking, as well as the usual throng of food stalls, cocktails and craft beers. XOYO DJs will be in residence every Saturday, with a guest line-up including Maribou State, Stuart Patterson, Phil Mison and The Dr Orders. If you’d prefer to listen to your own dulcet tones, there’s also a Lucky Voice karaoke pop-up.

288 Old Street, Shoreditch EC1V 9LA, FREE entry



Neverland Beach

Dreaming of sun-drenched beaches? Get your fix at Fulham's Thameside beach, which will be welcoming Londoners to bask on golden sands all summer. As well as sand and palm trees, there are beach huts and day beds available to rent with optional beach butler service – they’ll bring bespoke cocktails from the mixology trolley, so you won’t even have to leave your bed. For those watching the pennies, you can bring your own food and booze, however with the glut of mouth-watering street food stalls including Le Rac Shack, The Duck Truck and Taco Dave, you’ll almost certainly want to sling your sandwich in the bin.

Albert Wharf, Fulham SW6 2TY, open from Wednesday – Sunday until October 2017, tickets from £5



Montague’s Beach Bar

Flip-flops at the ready, Bloomsbury will be bringing the beach party vibes to the heart of London this summer, as The Montague on the Gardens transforms into a sunny seaside sojourn. Immerse yourself in island living at this urban beach bar, where you can bask atop golden sands and work your way through the tropical cocktail list. BBQ delicacies will be served up in the ultimate of Bahamian settings – there are palm trees and beach-hut style thatched roofs – with Caribbean tunes getting you in the summertime spirit.

15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 5BJ, open until 24th September, FREE entry


Urban London Beach

This temporary stretch of sand beneath the Emirates Cable Car comes complete with a spectacular view of the city skyline. Curl up on one of the many deck chairs with an ice cream and magazine to while away a lazy afternoon.

Pierhead, King George V Lock, Fishguard Way, Canning Town E16 2RG, open from 17th July – 31st August, Monday-Sunday, 10am – 8pm, FREE



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