If the sun is out, the sky is blue and you fancy a nice day down at the beach, you'd probably consider heading down to Brighton, Bournemouth, Weston-super-Mare or - if you really do have limited choice - Southend. I would go as far as to say that none of us would have Camden Town on their list of coastal getaways.
But thanks to the creative people at The Roundhouse, Camden Beach exists! One hundred and fifty tonnes of sand shoveled onto the venue's terrace area along with deck chairs, food vans, cocktail bars, ping pong and beach huts.
Girls sunbathed in bikinis, kids ran around with their buckets and spades, others just sipped sangria in the warm sunshine. It's free to get in too! That is if you don't rent a beach hut.
I heard about Camden Beach a few days after the beach huts had gone on sale and I was lucky to reserve one in time. At a cost of £320, the four individual huts each house up to eight people (so £40 each) and the price includes a platter of food and an inflatable treasure chest of drinks.
It's available from noon and you can have it all day until closing at 11pm if you wanted. The only huts that hadn't been booked were early to mid-week but that didn't take away from the holiday atmosphere. I hadn't really known what to expect from the day - would it be a tad tacky? But happily for us, it wasn't at all and we were all very impressed with the set up.
As ever, the hubby prefers to remain mysterious...
We arrived about 3.30pm. It was such a relaxed day, just chilling out, chatting and eating the amazing pork ribs from the American Barbecue. It's run by Bubba who also fires the coals at the Arkansas Cafe in Spitalfields Market.
Very juicy stuff!
Some brave people having a go on the trapeze behind our hut kept us entertained
And before we knew it, the sun had set, the kids had been taken home and the music had got a little louder. It was now more of a beach party than family affair
I'd not expected to spend such a great afternoon and evening sitting on a beach in central London but I'm very pleased I did. Camden Beach opened back on 1st July and closes at the end of this week so if you want to visit, unless you get in quick you'll have to wait until next summer!