There’s nothing that screams ‘summer’ quite like the feeling of sand in between your toes and warm rays on your skin, but if you’re stuck in the city for most of this summer, fear not, for London has several pop up bars and improvised city beaches that can soothe your longing for holiday and sunshine.
Neverland London (Parsons Green)
This Thameside urban beach in Fulham is fully equipped with plam trees, deck chairs, food vendors of all sorts and lots of sand. Entry to Neverland is £5 and the concept is BYOB, although you’re not allowed to bring glasses or ice (they'll mix your drinks for you!). It also comes with the option of renting beach huts and having a “beach butler” if you’re in the mood for splurging a bit more.
Brixton Beach (Brixton)
If you love Cuba and rooftops, then this is the right place for you. Brixton gets a Havana makeover this summer with exotic plants, Pina Coladas and Mojitos, all accompanied by the rhythm of Cuban salsa and a selection of street food vendors. The space will also host brunches, yoga and HIIT sessions throughout the season.
Big Screen on the Beach (Roundhouse, Chalk Farm)
This is the perfect beach experience for cinema fanatics. The Roundhouse’s urban beach is showing a series of outdoor summer screenings in collaboration with Big Beach Screen Events, including new releases and cult classics. Munch on popcorn, relax in your deckchair and enjoy an outdoors movie with your feet in the sand.
London Riviera (London Bridge)
Southbank turns into a stretch of pop-up food and drink stands inspired by the French Riviera and Miami Beach. Free entertainment includes live music every Friday in June and screenings from the Royal Opera House. Grab yourself a drink and a bite to eat, and get in on the Swing dancing and Brazilian samba.
Floating Pocket Park (Paddington)
A new green space has popped up in The Paddington Basin. The “Floating Pocket Park” is a decked garden inspired by the vibrancy of the city’s old canals designed by Tony Woods, former winner of the Horticultural Society Young Garden Designer award. The Park includes lawns, walkways over water, plants, shaded seating space and an events area holding up to 120 people. Visitors can hire self-drive electric boats that hold up to eight people, which travel down the canal to Paddington, Camden and Little Venice.