Let the beach come to you this summer!
Who doesn’t feel like going to the seaside when it’s sunny? For some of us land-locked city residents though, this can present a significant number of obstacles both geographically and logistically. So here’s an alternative…why not head to one of London’s many urban beaches instead and enjoy the sunshine (and an ice cold beer or cocktail!) while the kids entertain themselves with their buckets, spades, ice-cream and all manner of other beachy activities.
Okay, we’ll readily admit that an urban beach is not quite be the same as the real thing but at least you can bet your bottom your bottom dollar there will be fewer seagulls trying to steal your ice-cream!
Here are some of our top picks…
Dubbed the UK’s largest urban beach, not only is there plenty of sand for sandcastle building but BeachEast also boasts 2 splash pools, funfair rides, summer beach activities and plenty of places to feed and water the family! Whilst it’s not open until Saturday 23rd July, it is definitely one to bear in mind for those balmy summer days…
Where? Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford
When? 21st July – 2nd September, weekdays: 12pm-9pm and weekends: 10am-9pm
Cost: Wristband access to beach, paddling pool and beach bar is £2. Kids under 3 go free! Ride Wristbands (to add funfair rides and activities in) get you free entry to the site and range from £7.99 to £14.99.
With 85 tonnes of sand, the Southbank Beach is a great place to stop-off with the kids on a sunny day in London. Southbank in general has got so much on offer, from the Underbelly festival through to food and market stalls, but for some sweet downtime in the sunshine, this urban beach is a must-visit.
When? May – 24th September
You could quite happily spend several days at The Beach Brent Cross, there’s that much to do there. Rides, a brand new WaterWars water balloon game (uh oh!), splash pool and of course, sand! There’s also a number of events on over the summer, including Punch & Judy shows in true Brighton-beach style fashion and screenings of various sporting events, including Ascot, Wimbledon and the F1. There are a number of different food & drink options inside but this venue also allows you to bring in your own picnic or food purchased from Brent Cross shopping centre.
Where? Brent Cross shopping centre
When? 23rd June – 10th September, Monday-Sunday 12 noon-10pm
Cost: £3 for Adults and children over the age of 3. Be aware that you also need to buy tokens for rides which are £1.20 each or 10 tokens for £10.
London’s Royal Docks offers a lovely stretch of sandy beach for families to relax and play on and enjoy an ice-cream. Whilst there isn’t a splash pool to cool off in, you are at least right on the water’s edge and there is plenty to do around here for families. Why not take the Emirates cable car over the water to The O2 and enjoy the cinema, myriad of restaurants or head to Sky Studios, where you can enjoy a virtual reality experience with characters from favourite kids movies!
When? 17th July – 31st August, Monday – Sunday 10am-8pm
Combine the beach with the cinema at Backyard Cinema’s Miami Beach where you can pull up a beanbag and enjoy a free bag of popcorn whilst watching your favourite family blockbusters, including Finding Dory, Moana, Ratatouille & more. Save 37% off on LittleBird!