Camden Beach

Things to do , Quirky events Roundhouse , Chalk Farm Friday July 29 2016 - Tuesday August 23 2016 Free
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Head up to the roof of Chalk Farm's lovely Roundhouse and claim your spot on Camden Beach, an impressively big and often gloriously sunny pop-up sandpit. Relax in a deck chair with a rum cocktail, play a little ping pong, grab some food from the barbecue or build a magnificent sandcastle. Entry is free but it does get busy so make sure to arrive early to secure your portion of the 150 tonnes of sand that are up there. If you're feeling extravagant or worried about personal space you might like to book one of the private beach huts. Families are welcome, as are buckets and spades.

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Venue name: Roundhouse
Contact:
Address: Chalk Farm Rd
London
NW1 8EH
Transport: Tube: Chalk Farm
Price: Free
Event website: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2016/camden-beach-2016/

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Kateryna V
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'Scorching' is the word that comes to my mind when I'm thinking of a day by the beach, in the sun. It's also the word that comes to mind when I'm thinking of hell. I say Camden Beach is more of a hell kind of place. Just like in hell, it seems people from all walks of life are welcome. Crawling kids, drinking teens, nappies and selfie sticks. Very Hieronymus Bosch-like really. This is one of the rare times I can safely say: sometimes face control and limited admission are good things. The food on offer looked quite yummy, but I won't be trying it any time soon, since this particular hell has an expiry date.

Tiago Almeida
Tastemaker

Being from a sunny country full of beaches and coming to London the only thing that I really miss are those two things and although we can't do anything about the sun we now can say that we have a beach in town.

Really cool place, you can have a drink, spend time with friends and play ping pong and if you are lucky enough the sun might come out to say 'Hi'.


PS: I do not recommend the hot dogs but the fish and chips are pretty good :)

Anna
Staff Writer

I know I shouldn't have expected much but the only good thing about Camden Beach is that it's different. It's very crowded, pricey, and although it's worth seeing, it's not for much longer than 10 minutes. I was also quite shocked how the tiny space was combining nude (practically pornographic) photos and small children playing all around in the sand. Totally bizarre, but not really in a good way.

Alex B

A great place to go and have a drink outside in the sunshine and feels more fun than a rammed beer garden. Atmosphere is good but the couple of times I've been have been very busy. Genuinely feels like you're at a beach party though so worth a visit over the summer.

Cookie Monster
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It's an odd feeling to get sand in your shoes in the middle of London, but that tends to happen at Camden Beach. Definitely worth checking out!

Patricia Smith

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Awesome place to chill and relax while listening to music. Went there for the first time with my husband and son and had a GREAT time. The staff were really helpful towards us with showing us where the lifts were and toilets. It's so popular that you may have to queue for awhile but it's worth it.

Arnie

I half expected the 'beach' to be full of football fans basking in the sun nailing cans of Super Tennants and this overriding fear dogged me as I stood in a queue that wouldn't have looked out of place on a Bank Hoilday Monday at Alton Towers. But to my surprise, it moved quickly and the doormen weren't the usual gatekeepers of fun that I'm used to seeing. When I got to the rooftop I stood corrected. I wouldn't go as far to say that I was transformed to South Beach, Miami but you certainly won't find better for the price of oyster fare! I really was certainly impressed. Great atmosphere, friendly staff, and a table tennis table that was difficult to negotiate my way around after my 5th Kopperberg. Deck chairs were out, kids were building sandcastles and as roof top activities in London go, this is one of the best.

candice lotter

After living in London for 8 years it began to loose its luster which kick started my Finding London adventure. I came across this little beach and a good day was had by all. Cow-a-bunga dudes!

Aaron

Having just come back from a year abroad in Spain I can't say it lives up to the beaches over there, but it certainly takes away the heartbreak of no longer living in the Costa del Sol ! It's a beach in central London, it's what you'd expect, along with what you can't expect (constant sunshine) but it's definitely not something to miss.

Emily Kinder

Better than a day trip to Brighton! Even though I left a trail of sand on the London tubes... poor commuters!

Louis

Who needs to go on holiday, Camden's got a beach of its own! With this weather, the BBQ, slightly overpriced drinks and the peng people of Camden Town, its a "ya dun know" visit!

Lucy

A great idea to get everyone out in the sunshine with a beer! With the chance to laze around in a deckchair and watch the sun go down whilst drinking some amazingly tasty cocktails it's a must go event! Sure it's not Ibiza but its free and a good use of the space! Also if you're thinking of going you have to try that pulled pork BBQ or duck sandwich, really good food!

Alex

If you're expecting the Costa del Sol or Koh Phi Phi you, unsurprisingly, will be disappointed. This 'beach' is exactly how you would expect to find it in North London. It's crowded, the bar is slow and expensive, and the weather is unreliable. Despite this, the opportunity to laze about in a deckchair with a bottle Koppaberg and the sun shining, so close to home, is not a prospect to be sniffed at. To top it all off entry is free. Go when the sun is shining and try to work out if taking your shirt off is appropriate or not.

Vera

Amazing experience up in North London. Especially during the day when it is not so crowded! Can't wait to go again!

Jennifer

The beach is great, really sunny, deck chairs, etc Do not eat at the fish restaurant - it is expensive and not great. Starters is all pre made nothing you couldn't get in a supermarket served with 1 small stale slice of brown bread. They brought our main courses over before we had finished starters dispite there only being two tables in the place and we were sat very near the chef/bbq area. Plates were cold so fish went cold straight away, mussels were really gritty and the sauce was non existance. Dessert was 1 scoop of ice cream.