There’s no need to get on a plane this summer – you can get your fill of sun and sand right here in London. Here are five of the best urban beaches to check out, plus where to eat nearby.
Now in its sixth year, the Urban London Beach has all the ingredients for a lazy summer day. The huge patch of sand is perfect for sunbathing, but if you’re feeling adventurous you can try paddle boarding and wake boarding in Royal Victoria Basin. As the sun sets, grab a deckchair and a drink from the beach bar and enjoy the view across Docklands.
The surrounding area is a little quiet but you can eat very well at the waterside Nakhon Thai. For more options, jump on the DLR to Canary Wharf for barbecue at Big Easy, tapas at Iberica, or modern Indian dishes at Chai Ki.
18th July – 2nd September. Mon-Sun 10am-8pm. Free entry.
After a stroll along the Thames, you can catch some rays at the Southbank Centre Beach – 85 tonnes of golden sand right next to the river. Too hot? Grab a fro-yo from the neon pink SNOG bus or cool off in the refreshing spray of the Appearing Rooms fountain, created by Danish artist Jeppe Heins. Once the sun sets, there are outdoor film screenings, live music and DJ sets to look forward to.Continue Reading