Miss the feeling of sand running in between your toes? Want to know where you can get the best piña colada in the city? While we can’t promise you a paddle in crystal clear oceans, we can guarantee that these urban beach bars will be able to mentally transport you to your favourite island destination.
Read on to find out the seven best beach bars that are shore to impress.
We’re beyond excited that Fulham Beach Club has returned, bringing with them sandy beach bars, beach shacks and colourful palm tree lined veranda sofas.
Brought to you by Neverland, the urban beach brings the best of island life to the city. Enjoy long nights lazing on deck chairs at your very own private beach hut, book out one of their beach bubbles for intimate dining or grab a pergola sofa and order in a round of cocktails for the table.
Over the summer period, you’ll also find them hosting several party nights and events, from weekly drag bingo to bank holiday parties.
Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY
For a truly unforgettable beach experience in the city, you’re going to want to head to The Beach Bar at The Montague on the Gardens. Expect to find palm trees, surf boards, fruity cocktails and even a beach-hut style thatched roof overhead that’ll make you feel as though you’re in the sunny Bahamas and not dreary London.
Keeping in the summer spirit, the hotel’s chefs will be making a sizzle on the barbecue, with meat, fish and vegetarian options available. Plus there’s ice cream in cones available to really eek out the beach vibes. Cocktails come in coconut husks – all that’s left to do is wear your finest beach coverup and enjoy the experience in full.
15 MONTAGUE STREET, HOLBORN, WC1B 5BJ
Running out of their Wandsworth branch, Backyard Cinema will be hosting two beach inspired offerings this summer. The first up is the L.A Nights special, which will see you transported to the sun-kissed beaches of Los Angeles. Enjoy cocktails in the Palm Lounge before immersing yourself in the magical world of Hollywood with a film night. All of your favourites will be shown on the big screen from The Greatest Showman to Pitch Perfect. While the Miami Beach inspired location will see you dipping your toes in the sand and sipping on palm tree cocktails as you watch movies.
Capital Studios, Ram Quarter, 13 Wandsworth Plain, Wandsworth, SW18 1ET
Not technically a bar but we couldn’t not include the city’s newest seaside addiction to the alfresco dining scene.
Last year saw The Berkeley open up with an all-new alfresco space inspired by the English countryside. This year they’ve gone one step further, launching with beach huts inspired by the British seaside.
Here you’ll find five rainbow-coloured huts, inspired by the British seaside and their foodie seafronts. The menu comprises made-to-share seafood platters and freshly-shucked oysters, and they’ve even poshed up the classic fish ‘n’ chips with a fresh-off-the-boat lobster edition.
The Berkeley, Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL
You might not know this one even exists, what with it being a secret and all, but London Secret Beach sits with a backdrop of St Stephen’s Church – the church where T.S Elliot was once Church Warden.
Returning for a season this summer, the area will be transformed into a sandy seaside haven, abrim with rattan furniture, sun loungers and summer style cocktails. Enjoy light bites and sharing platters including beetroot falafel and hummus, duck spring rolls with plum sauce and crispy chicken wings with a blue cheese dip. Sharing cocktails will also be available, from the London cup to sangria.
100 Cromwell Road, SW7 4ER
Bringing the beach experience inside is the Sugar Cane, Clapham’s tropic escape. Hidden inside you’ll find private huts, tiki statues, exotic flowers and blooming green palms awaiting your arrival, alongside cocktails that’ll trick your taste buds into thinking you are on a sunny island.
Pull up a pew at the bar or grab a private hut and enjoy tiki specials. Try the Planter’s Punch – it’s a classic Caribbean rum cocktail that’s made up of dark rum, lime and a dash of grenadine or enjoy a classic Mai Tai made with Appleton signature blend, orange, lime, orgeat and lemon.
247 Lavender Hill, Clapham, SW11 1JW
From happy hour to birthday bashes, cabaret to club nights, every ounce of the space is beach bar themed. Pop on your dancing shoes and head here for one hell of a night to remember.
New London Theatre, Parker Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5PW