Who needs a holiday when you’ve got beach bars galore across the city? Especially with this Caribbean-style weather we seem to be having *I’ve probably jinxed it now haven’t I?*
Whilst we can’t promise you Daniel Craig style candids emerging from turquoise waters by sandy beaches, we can promise a bunch of cocktails, music for a mamba and atmosphere a plenty. Here’s a look at some of London’s “pretend-you’re-on-a-beach” bars.
Big Chill Kings Cross
What: Miami Heights
Why: The Miami Heights rooftop at Big Chill in King’s Cross is a great place for a squad rendezvous surrounded by South Beach cocktails and a rotating line-up of resident DJs. On to the most important part though, Saturday will see a happy hour adorn afternoon antics and, to make the heads less sore on the Sunday, why not return for a bottomless brunch?
Where: 257-259 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, N1 9NL
The Montague on the Gardens
Russell Square (0.3 miles)
What: The Beach Bar
Why: This venue at The Montague on the Gardens is literally called The Beach Bar, because it genuinely feels like a bar on a beach. I guess that was their intention – but there’s no surprise with the reality of it all that it’s award-winning. The location features real sand, a beach-hut style thatched roof, cocktails, palm trees and a backdrop of a beautiful beach. Who needs the Bahamas hey? You’ve saved a penny or two as well – added bonus! Also, because we know everyone loves a beach selfie, why not capture the moment at the jet ski selfie area #SurfMontague #BESTBEACHEVER
Where: 15 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BJ
Why: Neverland has quite an old-school Hollywood glamour to it, boasting pastel shades quite reminiscent of a certain Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone collab *that’s La La Land for the lesser-informed*. So if you fancy a city-scape, it’s a beach club paradise in Fulham that has all the style and wanderlust of a Barbados beach front. If you want to do things Love Island hideaway style, you can book your own beach hut or reserve your exclusive cabana on the beach. There will be a couple of bars on offer BBQ’s, and pineapple pizzas. Food galore!
Where: Neverland London, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY
Ridley Road Market Bar
What: Ridley Road
Why: Ridley Road Market Bar is London’s first cash-free bar, which for the contactless Apple Pay-ers amongst us, is quite the danger, even more so when you see the tasty cocktail list, the pizzas, the glasses of wine, the… Ok, we’ll stop. However, Ridley Road Market Bar really is worth a visit if you love a beach bar vibe. They describe themselves as ‘Club Tropicana’, but slightly less glam, with dangerously cheap cocktails and an effortlessly cool vibe in the East End. Get the wayfarers at the ready..
Where: 49 Ridley Rd, London, E8 2NP
What: The Sugar Cane
Why: Lovers of the Disney classic, Lilo and Stitch, will delight at The Sugar Cane’s aloha vibes. The Polynesian themed cocktail bar provides all the tropical cocktail vibes you need, represented not only in the drinks but the interior too. Located in Clapham, take your Friday night from local pub to Pina Colada, Planters Punch and Zombies… and don’t blame us for the hangover.
Where: 247 Lavender Hill, London SW11 1JW
Tropicana Beach Club
What: Tropicana Beach Club
Why: Ok, so this might not be a “bar” per say… more a club! However, its beach vibes galore so deserved an inclusion. Not much shouts beach vibes much like Tropicana Beach Club with its ‘lagoon pool’ style dance floor, party booths, 500 tropical bird decorations and exotic flowers and plants.
Where: New London Theatre, Parker Street, London WC2B 5PW