Beach East

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Beach East at the Olympic Park

Life's a beach once again at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with the return of the Beach East Amusement Park. Over 2,200 square metres of sand have been deposited at the site for endless sandcastle competitions and balmy evening walks. There are funfair rides and a gigantic paddling pool to entertain the kids, plus beach bars to keep the adults suitably refreshed. 

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Wish the scene was as great as the weather!...This is a frustrating event. It could be great. At the moment it is trying to be two different events at once. A family friendly amusement event combined with a singles party/bar. There is room for both but the mix isn't right at the moment. 


Went to beach east today at coconut joes was overcharged on my card and when I pointed this out to them was told is was a error that that they don't really see a problem with the fact that they debit my card with an extra £ 4.50 in fact there was no apologies steer clear unless you want to be ripped off and the staff were rude


Lovely day out spoilt by the fact that we weren't allowed to take our food and drink in with us which I was not aware of prior to visiting - didn't see any notification of this on the website although was told by security that it was on there. Would have given 5 stars but for the food issue. Food on site far to expensive for a family day out. sure they would sell more if prices were reasonable.

Tastemaker

Another summer, another urban beach... But what a beach!

The Queen Victoria Olympic park is a vast and impressive space which has been used for so many different events so far. This summer it has been kitted out into a beach and pool, along with a funfair, food stalls and a bar!

The beach is long and the sand is golden. The pools are just right the size for the little ones without posing a huge threat to safety. There are even 'lifeguards' on deck. When the sun was shining, you felt you were really at the seaside!

The food stalls were the usual funfair offerings: burgers, chips, hotdogs, fish n chips. There was also a kebab and pizza stall, though they weren't very busy.

The funfair rides were a mix of rollercoaster, bumper cars and swing rides. All very fun and although aimed mainly at the kids, I had a blast!

The beach bar was a lovely setting, with a hut as the main bar and mini huts & benches for customers to sit and chill. Their cocktails were particularly delicious, especially at 2for£10!

The downside however, was the expense. To ride, you needed tokens. Tokens were priced at £1 each, but for most rides you needed 3 or 4 tokens pp, so for 2 people to ride, it was £6 or more! Fairly extortionate to be honest! The food was also quite expensive.

Whilst this was a great day out with some little ones in the family, I wouldn't say this is an adult, relaxed affair and if that is what one was looking for, maybe try another urban beach...such as the Camden Beach.

But if you are taking kids and are a big kid yourself, you will have a whale of a time! Just make sure you bring some cash!


I saw advertising of the Beacheast. Thought it was a good idea to take my kids but I was wrong.

This woman came running shouting at my son that his to heavy to go with his 2yr old sister on the bouncy castle even doe the worker was okay with it.

Spent £28 pounds on tokens that did not last 5 minutes. Was not there Even more than an hour and we spent £50 pounds.

Food was rip off you be better off in Mac Donald's u will get a full meal for £5 they charged that for a Double cheese Burger no drink or chips,

Bet off going to the seaside or any where else.

All I can say is save ur money it's all a con.


I was a little let down by Beach East, would like to have seen something more for young adults, perhaps a stage or Live performances. A great idea for families with kids but a bit of a disappointment for 18+

Tastemaker

Nice idea in a cracking location. A group of us including a toddler, 2 young children, a teenager and a few adults went along and all of us found enough to do to occupy a few hours. The sandy area was a big hit with my 18 month old daughter and the rides were pretty good for a fun fair. Not much choice for food but with all the lovely restaurants of westfield so close, we didn't bother eating there anyway. Biggest downside was that it was extremely busy and crowded but I guess that is to be expected when it is the only open space like it in London!

Hope it comes back bigger and better next year! :-)

Tastemaker

After reading about it on the TimeOut website I thought it might be a nice idea to celebrate my birthday there (relaxing Sunday entertainment). Luckily the weather wasn't too nice and so the place wasn't too crowded.

I liked the concept, but I think it is more a family day out venue, than a place to hang out with your friends.

The "beach part" is rather small and unfortunately I couldn't feel the atmosphere. I'd have recommended it for families, as a nice day out - but I can imagine that it might get really busy on a sunny day.

I think the beach has closed now for this year, but I hope they will re-open it next summer - though it wasn't what I expected it's been a nice day anyway.

Tastemaker

 A great idea, probably the closest you can get to a beach in London. Best experienced on a sunny day but be warned it is very busy and was very overcrowded when we visited. 


 Theres lots to do for the kids; Paddling Pool, Rides, Amusements, Crazy Golf, as well as a cocktail bar to keep the adults happy. Food options are fairly limited; Burgers, hot dogs, ice creams etc.


One downside is that there are no cash machines on site and most of the activities don't accept card. So unless you want to make the 10 minute walk to Stratford Westfield to find a cash machine, I recommend taking enough cash with you.


All in all a good day out in the sun but it could definitely benefit from having a few ATM's and a better range of food. 

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Nice concept, could use some work in the execution. Visiting on a sunny day, it became evident that they are some teething issues that need to be worked out.


Shade is in short supply – visitors were sitting on the floor in the shadow of fairground rides for some respite from the sun. Even in the bar, tables were too few and spaced widely apart, so the little shelter there is was going to waste. 

Extremely loud dance music is pumped out throughout the venue, creating a cheesy/clubby holiday camp atmosphere. 


It's also extremely crowded – friends who arrived first thing had to queue to get in, and we were lucky to find space to lay a towel on the sand. You'll be close enough to the folks next to you to smell their suncream (if you're lucky, or worse if you're not). The fact that that the paddling pool is enclosed on all but one side means there's a congestion of parents watching their kids from the side – if it was opened up and people could spread out further it would feel less cramped. 


Food options – mainly hot dogs and chips – could be better. Some better selected street food outfits could clean up here.


On the plus side, there's a nice selection of kids' rides, including a giant inflatable slide, dodgems and a mini rollercoaster. The sheer number of visitors streaming in even as we left shows how keen Londoners are for this kind of attraction. With a bit of a rethink before next year's iteration, if there is one, Beach East could be a fun day out. 


This is a fantastic idea.  It's purpose made beach, with sand, water, a mini funfair, with decent rides for all age groups, slides, a bouncy castle, bumper cars and food.  This was such a treat for me and the family.  It runs until the end of August so weather permitting I'll certainly be heading to the beach again.


What a brilliant idea

Took the kids here and they had the best time, well worth a visit