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Urban beaches in London

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside right here in the city with London's very own urban beaches – sunshine not guaranteed

Alex Merz

Landlocked Londoners, you too shall feel the sand between your toes. Thanks to a sweet selection of urban beaches that are popping up across the capital for the summer, the seaside is just a tube ride away. Sink into a deck chair, grab a Piña Colada and sunbathe by the Thames. Check out these lovely London lidos and outdoor pools if you need to cool down afterward. And if you really wanna feel a coastal breeze through your locks, here are some actual beaches near London you can head along to. 

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London's best urban beaches

Alex Merz
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Fulham Beach

icon-location-pin Neverland London, Fulham

‘Fulham doesn’t have a beach!’ we hear you cry. And you’re right, but since 2017, it’s had a very sandy patch of land known as Neverland. Its new iteration has taken the form of a ‘jungle beach paradise’. You can rent day-beds, cabanas and beach huts, or just drop in for some beer pong with a side of wood-fired pizza. 

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Hampstead Beach

icon-location-pin JW3, Finchley Road

So Hampstead’s urban beach isn’t exactly in Hampstead, but it is conveniently located on Finchley Road, inside the JW3. It’s  basically a giant sand pit with a paddling pool and splash areas – kids will love it. 

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