NW1 isn't usually on the list of coastal getaways but, thanks to the ever-creative team at the Roundhouse, 'Camden Beach' is returning this summer with 900 square metres of pseudo-shoreline consisting of 150 tonnes of sand.
Installed on the venue's terrace, the free Camden Beach comes complete with deck chairs, beach huts and, as if you need telling, a fully stocked bar. You'll also find end-of-the-pier attractions (arcade games, air hockey, ping pong and the like), a blissfully stationary ice-cream van, and not one but two pop up restaurants: Made in Camden's Fishy Business – serving sea bass, mussels and fish and chips – and an American barbecue manned by Bubba of Arkansas Café renown. The beach has a family-friendly area open noon to 1pm from July 27 to August 24. Buckets and spades are welcome.
If you're hoping to pitch up for the special beach gigs, there are four to choose from. On August 2, there's a urban soul night with soul-folk songwriter Joel Baker, JJ Soulx, hip hop artist Cynikal and DJ Milo. On August 9, expect experimental guitarist Phil Maguire, fellow finger-picker Jack Allett and DJ Fauxlo. While on August 16, the indie acoustic night features Vanessa Gimenez, Sophie Blackburn and Ellekaye as well as a DJ set by Manish. Finally, August 23 offers up sunny reggae vibes from Whitney Williams, Iam1, Tempting Rosie and DJ Emmanuel.
Read our blog on Camden Beach.