A Beach Day in London? Yes, You Can

A day at the beach is probably not the first thing you think of doing in one of the world’s most exciting cities. But within very easy distance of your short term student accommodation, London has a few little surprises in store for you.

These are some of the urban beaches I’ve discovered in London around the halls of residence and homestay locations. They helped me to stay cool when the summer temperatures were high and I’m sure they’ll do the same for you.

London City Beach

If you’ve chosen Britannia South Bank for your short term student accommodation, London City Beach is literally on your doorstep. You’ll find it right on the South Bank, behind the London Eye. Although it’s mainly for private hire, there are also regular public events when you can go along to get your feet in the sand and have a sun bathe, a cocktail and something to eat. Often you’ll even be able to enjoy Club Tropicana, Ibiza and Cuban themed brunches and dinners.  

Hampstead Beach at JW3

If you’re staying in the Tufnell House halls of residence, in summer I recommend you make a beeline for Hampstead Beach, at JW3, the Jewish Community Centre on Finchley Road. It’s open every weekend (including Fridays) in July and August and the good news is it’s absolutely free. Along with a paddling pool and lots of real sand, there’s plenty of good food and drink and some special events planned throughout the summer.

Getting to JW3 is quite easy – there are buses and a train service in the area.

Near Homestays

For those students who choose a homestay for their short term student accommodation, London’s north and west are very popular. In these areas I recommend heading to Brent Cross and Ruislip to get your feet in the sand in summer.   

The Beach at Brent Cross

The car park at the huge Brent Cross Shopping Centre is transformed into a sand covered fun park from June through to September. This is one of the biggest venues in the city and it can get very crowded and noisy at peak times. Along with the water slides and huge paddling pools, there’s lots of entertainment, rides, amusement stalls, food and drink to keep you entertained for a full day out.

There are many buses and a nearby tube station at Hendon Central for access to the shopping centre and its beach. Find out more here.

Ruislip Lido

You don’t have to wait for summer to visit Ruislip Lido, as it’s a natural site that’s open all the time. Set within a huge nature reserve in Hillingdon, the lido is a wonderfully relaxing place to visit for a long walk, a picnic, or to take advantage of the lovely lake and shoreline. You’ll be sharing the area with a large population of local swans, and if you want to get a good look at the reserve you can take a ride on the miniature train. I recommend you out aside a whole day to enjoy the lovely natural surrounds of Ruislip Lido.

When you come to the UK for your study abroad experience you don’t have to give up your days at the beach! Depending on where you choose your short term student accommodation, London has a summer sand venue for you to enjoy within walking distance or just a short bus or train ride away.

For information on how to get there and opening times click here.

When you study abroad in London, allow our friendly advisors at Britannia Student Services help you with all the details for finding your accommodation. They have the knowledge and experience to ensure that everything runs smoothly and that you’ll have the most memorable and exciting stay possible. 

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