Best Beaches in London

 
 
 
 

The Beach Bar at The Montague

 

There's no need to leave town when you're in search of sand, feel the grains between your toes at these London bars, al fresco food courts and pop-up indoor cinemas. Flip-flops provided.

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Fulham Beach Club

London's only Thameside beach offers white sand, palm trees and pastel painted beach huts.

Albert Wharf, , London, SW6 2TY

Tube: Parsons Green Station

 

Dates: 03rd May - 01st September 2018

 

After a successful inaugural season last summer, Neverland London returns in 2018, relaunching as Fulham Beach Club. London's only Thameside beach, it provides the chance for a cheeky staycation with white sand, palm trees and pastel painted beach huts offering a unique, affordable alfresco experience. Food comes courtesy of Jimmy Garcia's pop-up restaurant, the BBQ Club, while two bespoke bars serve up cocktails and beer. There will also be a Bottomless Beach Brunch every Sunday - encompassing bottomless prosecco, cider and frozen pina coladas - yoga and circuit sessions on the beach, cocktail masterclasses, glitter artists, sand sculpting and a myriad of games, including croquet, shuffleboard, putting pong and table tennis. Bookable areas include cabanas, daybeds, beach huts, feasting tables and a private dining room.

 
 
 

The Beach Bar at The Montague

Bloomsbury becomes the Bahamas with a beach hut and real sand.

Afternoon Tea at The Montague, 15 Montague Street, London, WC1B 5BJ

Tube: Russell Square Station

 

Dates: 21st May - 21st September 2018

 

Enjoy a Bahamian beach setting, complete with real sand underfoot and a beach-hut style thatched roof, at The Beach Bar at The Montague. A summer menu of tropical cocktails and barbequed burgers is sure to satisfy those cravings for a summer break by the surf. Even better, those dreams could become a reality if you win the Jet Ski Selfie competition. Enter by taking a selfie on the Jet Ski at The Beach Bar and posting it on social using #SurfMontague - if you win the draw you get a two night stay at The Montague's sister hotel, the five star Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Spa in Evershot in Dorset.

 
 
 

Hampstead Beach

Golden sand, free entry, special events and thirst quenching cocktails.

JW3, Finchley Road, London, NW3 6ET

Tube: Finchley Road Station

 

Dates: 01st July - 02nd September 2018

 

Summer's coming to Hampstead with an urban beach at JW3 with golden sand, free entry, good food and thirst quenching cocktails to get you in the mood for long summer evenings. Special events laid on at Hampstead Beach throughout the summer include the Mad Hatter's Summer Beach Party on Thursday 6th July. Young professionals in their 20s and 30s can feast, drink and dance the night away at a Wonderland-themed party on the beach. A ticket includes a free drink to get you started down the rabbit hole. Look out for 'eat me' treats, the Off With His Head! cocktail, a Through the Looking Glass photobooth and summer beats from DJ BeardNoBeard and The Rebbitzen's Disco.

 
 
 

Southbank Centre Beach

Summer sand pit next to the Southbank's skatepark.

Queens Walk, London, SE1 8XT

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 
 

Every summer, from the end of May until the beginning of September, the Southbank Centre brings the beach to the city. Get your toes in the sand, bring a bucket and spade and enjoy 85 tonnes of fine golden play sand. It's opposite the skateboard park under Queen Elizabeth Hall so you can watch the boarders as you build sand castles. It doesn't get more 'urban beach' than that. It's overlooked by the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden and surrounded by food trucks and pop-ups - see the Snog bus for frozen ice cream. Add in Jeppe Hein's Appearing Rooms, free weekend festivals, concerts and events and it's easy to see why the Southbank makes wonderful spot in summer.

 
 
 

Ruislip Lido

Relax on the lakeside beach and walk around the ancient woods.

Reservoir Road, London, HA4 7TY

Tube: Northwood Hills Station

 
 

Head way out north west, to Zone 6 of the Piccadilly and Metropolitan lines, to find London's only permanent beach, next to the 60-acre lake on the edge of Ruislip woods. While no swimming is permitted in the lake there's a lovely sandy beach and a water splash play area, open from April until the end of September. Popular with families, Ruislip Lido has two playgrounds, one either side of the lake, a sand area that's perfect for building sand castles and an 18 metre-long wooden pirate ship with climbing rails, play nets and slides. In addition, the narrow gauge Ruislip Lido Railway runs from the beach around the lake to the pub on the other side. All of which adds up to make Ruislip Lido a popular place with families, walkers and nature lovers alike.

 
 
 
 
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