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
By Time Out London Things To Do |

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 on the South Bank. Check out these lovely London lidos and outdoor pools if you need to cool down afterwarsd. 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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Lee Valley Beach

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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.