7 best beach locations in London without leaving the city

The sun is shining, there’s talk of heatwaves and Love Island is on TV every night. This can only mean one thing: summer is finally here.

With summer holidays off the table for many this year, more and more people are turning to staycations and beach days to get their fill of Vitamin D.

But what about Londoners?

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Well, luckily with plenty of pop-up beaches hosting cocktail bars, street food vendors and beach-themed events you won’t need to leave the city to get the holiday vibe.

Without further ado, here’s our pick of the best beach locations in London for summer 2021.

1. Fulham Beach

One of London’s favourite pop-ups is back for another summer season, complete with an indoor jungle themed pergola, a pair of pop-up restaurants, two bars, live DJs and of course its signature beach with deckchairs and private huts.

Head to Fulham Beach for an exciting programme of weekly events and games such as bottomless brunches, yoga classes on the beach, cocktail masterclasses and barbecues.

Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY

2. The Beach, Brent Cross

The Beach in Brent Cross

Ideally located at the Northwest shopping centre, The Beach at Brent Cross is back for summer 2021.

Things are a little different this year to allow for social distancing , but you can still expect plenty of sand, splash pools, fun rides and plenty of events for any young beachgoers in your party.

When it comes to food and drink, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice, with doughnuts, pancakes and burgers, cocktails and Pimm’s on offer.

Brent Cross Shopping Centre, NW4 3FP

3. London City Beach

For those looking to splash out on a sandy soirée this summer, London City Beach is the ultimate party venue for hire, with a huge 1,200 capacity.

This city-centre pop-up is available for private hire and exclusive events, conferences and activity days, and includes a dance floor, VIP beach huts, a range of food stalls, classic beach games, music and more.

Find out more here.

The Ballroom Southbank, Upper Ground, SE1 9PU

4. The Beach Bar at The Montague

By winter, the central London cocktail bar set in the four-star Montague on the Gardens hotel is an inner city ski lodge, with Christmas trees, snowmen and fairy lights galore.

But by summer, the venue transforms into an award-winning beach bar, complete with palm trees, beach hut-style thatched roof and golden sand.

With day parties, cocktail masterclasses and a mouthwatering menu, The Beach Bar at The Montague is the place to be this season.

The Montague on the Gardens, 15 Montague Street, WC1B 5BJ

5. London Secret Beach

For relaxing loungers, rattan style sofas and a great cocktail list, head to London’s very own Secret Beach , which oozes laidback holiday vibes.

The venue is set against the backdrop of St Stephen’s Church, where T.S. Elliott was once a Churchwarden, and promises to give Londoners an experience that’s “just like a day at the beach”.

100 Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 4ER

6. Limin’ Beach Club

If your ideal weekend includes sipping on a delicious rum cocktail with your toes in the sand, look no further than Limin’ Beach Club, a brand new pop-up ready to give you just that this summer.

Expect soft sand, chilled out Caribbean vibes and some seriously tasty food and drink, including cocktails served in coconuts and pineapples.

Find out more and book your table here .

Gabriel’s Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PP

7. Ruislip Lido

Ruislip Lido beach

Ruislip Lido beach.

Last but not least, London is also home to a bonafide lakeside beach on the outskirts of West London, reachable by tube.

Though swimming and boating in the lake isn’t allowed, there’s still plenty to do at Ruislip Lido . A climbable pirate ship will keep the kids busy, and there’s also a café and a useful miniature train to transport you around the site.

For any keen adventurers, the beach also happens to be on the edge of a 726-acre nature reserve, full of exciting walking routes to discover.

Ruislip Lido, HA4 7TY

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