Spend a day out on the beach without leaving London
By Tarra Amiri (follow Tarra on Twitter: @Maksima)
With summer just around the corner, it is easy to catch wanderlust and dream away of long, tropical beaches, walking through tonnes of white, soft sand, and beach bars serving you cool refreshments. However, those exotic getaways can often be a bit pricey and far away. Fear no more, there is a cheap, bright, sunny solution in sight for all beach fans out there – and better yet, it is right on your doorstep, no need to travel any further than Zone two!
BeachEast at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The UK’s largest urban beach is returning to the capital, bringing a tropical beach to the city. BeachEast will be opening at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from Thursday 23 July this year and will be open for six weeks during summer. The beach is open daily from 10am, meaning you can easily unwind and take in a tropical beach atmosphere without even having to leave London, this summer.
Sumptuous white sand, a huge kid’s paddling pool, and thrilling funfair rides, will give you that extra bit of action, if you weren’t already excited enough about having a beach on your doorstep.
Drinks to cool off with after a long, stressful day at work are available from the two beach bars, so you can just grab a cocktail, or mocktail with your friends and let the world go by for a while.
The Rio-inspired staycation is east London’s answer to Brazil’s famous Copacabana beach and there is much to do for very little money, with many events and fun activities like Beach Volleyball taking place, capturing the Rio 2016 Olympic Games fever with some sun, sand and entertainment. There is only a £2 cover charge per adult, for the full tropical experience, which can be redeemed in form of a voucher on selected rides, games, food and drinks. Children of 12 years and under pay even less, with just £1 and will be able to redeem their voucher on a ride of their choice, while all those aged three and under go free – a real bargain for a full holiday experience.
Life’s a beach, so what are you waiting for? Get your sunglasses on and come down to London’s own beach, …relax in the sun or watch the city’s unique sunsets as you take in views of the iconic London Aquatics Centre, the Stadium, and ArcelorMittal Orbit featuring the brand new Slide.
Live coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Rest assured that you won’t miss out on the latest results of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games while you’re at BeachEast, sitting back on your beach chair and slipping your drink, as from 6-21 August there will be the Official Team GB FanZone at BeachEast, so you can watch live coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on the big screen and cheer to your favourite Team GB stars.
The BeachEast FanZone will be a great place to experience the sizzling atmosphere of Rio 2016 while supporting Team GB in their quest for Olympic glory. There will be live entertainment, DJs, loads of themed events and competitions will give you that Rio carnival atmosphere at BeachEast.
When: 23 July – 4 September 2016
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Cost: £2 (adult) and £1 (Child – 12 years and under)
A bit about Tarra:
Tarra is a German anglophile and journalist, who lives in London and works as a communications professional. She is passionate about Victorian literature and loves travel, photography, food and music.