Hit the beach this summer – right in the centre of London

As the summer is now here, people up and down the country will be dreaming of heading off to pristine beaches, where they'll have the chance to soak up the sunshine with the sand beneath their feet and the sound of the ocean caressing their ears.

However, if you'd rather visit somewhere a little livelier and more bustling, then taking a trip to London this summer could be the perfect option, as it will allow you to experience the best of both worlds.

This is because of a recent trend which has sprung up over the past few years and appears to be gaining popularity. We are of course talking about the many pop-up beaches that can found dotted around London during the summer months.

The idea first took off back in 2010 when the first such project was created by the Red Gallery, which is located in the heart of Shoreditch. Since then, the venue's organisers have continued to set up the Red Market each summer, where visitors can relax on deckchairs, browse through market stalls, enjoy a cocktail or two, or simply soak up the atmosphere, with the entire area covered in sand and made to look and feel just like a tropical beach.

Red Market is located on Rivington Street, which is one of London's trendiest nightlife streets and is just a short stroll from Old Street underground station and both Hoxton and Shoreditch High Street overground stations, making it easily accessible from all of London's top luxury hotels.

Elsewhere, the famous Roundhouse in Chalk Farm – which is one of the city's most iconic live music venues – created its own beach for the first time last year, attracting more than 40,000 visitors. With 150 tonnes of sand, fish and chip stalls, a swimming area and lots of live performances for guests to enjoy, the so-called Camden Beach will be returning again this summer, and is set to be bigger and better than ever.

It will be opening on July 26th and running until August 23rd, so make sure you don't miss it.

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