If you wish to get sand in between your toes and breezy wind through the hair, pack your bags and move to London. London has one of the most amazing urban beaches where you can get to the seaside and enjoy the scintillating vibe. Sunshine is not guaranteed at these sweet urban beaches that are popping up across the capital for the summer but you can definitely rest in a deck chair, grab a brew and sunbath by the Thames which runs through the heart of London. So if you’re craving for that coastal breeze to get through your hair, here are some actual beaches near London where all the Landlocked Londoners can head to.
BRENT CROSS BEACH
If you want to combine shopping with seaside fun, the Brent Cross Beach is your place to be. With all the seaside frolic and kids building sandcastles, you can simply relax here and get into the swimming pool by the sand side. If you don’t find relaxing on the sand fancy, then you’ll love the range of exciting rides they offer. Kids to adults, there is something for everyone at Brent Cross Beach. With a mix of old favorites and new exciting rides, there is endless entertainment which is sure to bring a holiday feeling. There is more sand, more space, and more water thus making it better than ever before!
For all those who think that Fulham still doesn’t have a beach, here’s the good news. Since 2017, it has had a very sandy patch of land known as Neverland and has taken the form of a ‘Jungle beach paradise.’ So now you can simply rent day-beds or lay down on a cabana with a cocktail in your hand and relax the day off. The atmosphere is so merrily with beer-pong going on at one side and wood-fired pizza cooking on the other. The Fulham Beach also shoes films on Tuesdays at 7 pm and there are bottomless brunches at the weekend too. DJ sets at this beach are sure to liven the mood.
This is probably the only beach in London where you can get to on the tube. Ruislip is a 60-acre lake sitting on the edge of a lovely nature reserve- The Ruislip Nature Reserve which is an ancient woodland. With ups and downs in the past, this beach has restored its glory and now is a very popular spot for families, locals and anyone who is up for a faux-seaside fun. Well, that’s not all. There is an adventure for kids, play areas and little cafes too. You can also go for a walk in the forest or ride the miniature train that will take you on a fun trip around the lake. Sounds fun!
This beach is not exactly located in Hampstead but it conveniently sits on the Finchley Road, inside the JW3 (Jewish community center). The Hampstead Beach is nicknamed as ‘The Nature Island’ and has often been called a Caribbean island. It is a black sand giant pit with a paddling pool and splash areas specially meant for kids. It provides free entry, good food, and thirst-quenching cocktails to get you in the mood for summer. It also hosts friendly events like Teddy Bear’s picnic which is famous for the fun and frolic atmosphere. It’s the Number one beach for its changeable weather and cold dips to freshen up.
MERSEA ISLAND, ESSEX
Mersea Island is Britain’s most easterly inhabited place with a tide timetable. With pastel-colored beach huts standing adjacent to each other in a line, this place is bliss. They are as pretty as they look in pictures showcasing a very calm and peaceful vibe. The atmosphere is just so typical with happy people around, not-so-overcrowded and stunning landscapes. What more could you ask for? Foodies can make their way to the various Oyster bars while fossil hunters and nature lovers move to the East Mersea which has cliffs in the backdrop. It takes approximately two hours by car to reach this place but it’s totally worth it.
Gulp down some fresh air, dip your toes in the sea and have fun of a lifetime!