London's best urban beaches
This Thames-side urban beach is back and it's perfect for lazy summer days in Fulham. Spend a day laid on a cabana with sand between you toes while pigging out on a bottomless brunch and sipping frozen pina coladas. Bangarang.
Popping up next to the shopping centre again is this sandy
beach – bigger and better than ever. Dive into splash pools,
25 different rides and seaside-themed grub. Bubble Mania
and classic Punch & Judy help bump up the family fun.
The Lee Valley White Water Centre has not one but two urban beaches to explore. The smaller one boasts 140 tonnes of light golden sand and is open all year round for visitors to kick back on. The second inland sand haven is for bigger kids looking to play hard. Hire it out for volleyball and beach soccer tournaments with your pals.
Less an actual beach, more a giant sandpit on the banks
of the Thames with 85 tonnes of the granular golden stuff.
But hey, it’s free, completely kid-friendly and handily located
for other Southbanky activities.
Truckloads of sand have morphed a patch of Royal Docks into
a tropical paradise. Well, kind of. Lounge in stripy deckchairs,
scoff at the beachside café, bask in the river breeze and wave
up at the Emirates Air Line as it glides overhead.