Best family-friendly beaches in London

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Spending the summer in London but still keen to hit the coast? Dina Maktabi from Kensington Mums runs through the capital’s top family-friendly beaches…

Fulham Beach Club

Neverland Beach, FulhamNeverland beach is Thames-side spot with real sand, cabanas and daybeds. There’s also food from Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club pop-up restaurant, serving cocktails, beers, brunch and pineapple pizza. Hire a beach hut and try outdoor circuits and yoga classes, plus sand sculpting and many other events. Booking is essential. Neverland London, Wandsworth Bridge Road, London, SW6 2TY

Urban London Beach

London's Royal DocksFancy relaxing by the Thames and eating ice cream on a sandy beach? You can from 18 July to 2 September at London’s Royal Docks Urban Beach, right under the Emirates Airline cable cars. Expect to find deckchairs, street food, classes and more. Royal Docks, Fishguard Way, London, E16 2RG

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Hampstead Beach

Summer has arrived at Hampstead’s urban beach, with golden sand, amazing food and cocktails to set the mood for long evenings of sun, fun and holiday vibes. Hampstead Beach has returned to JW3 for 2018, with free entry and will be open from Sunday to Friday. Special events taking place on the beach throughout the holidays, too. Finchley Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 6ET

The Beach Bar

The Beach Bar, BloomsburyThe Beach Bar in Bloomsbury’s The Montague transforms into a seaside getaway for the summer. Complete with real sand, a beach-hut style thatched roof, delicious cocktails, palm trees and more – you’ll feel like you’re basking in the Bahamas rather than in the heart of central London. Open until 21st September 2018. 15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 5BJ

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Southbank Centre

Southbank CentreCan’t get to the seaside but want to enjoy the beach? Come to Southbank Centre this summer and they can help you out. Bring your own bucket and spade, and they’ll supply 85 tonnes of golden, play sand for you to enjoy for free – and hopefully some sunshine to go with it. Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

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