London’s biggest beach created at Royal Victoria Dock

Royal Victoria Beach, at Royal Victoria Docks, is London's biggest beach in Newham

Royal Victoria Beach, at Royal Victoria Docks, is London's biggest beach in Newham - Credit: Archant

Sitting on the dock of the bay this summer could mean being surrounded by sandcastles after the creation of London’s biggest beach in Newham.

Sana Hazem sunbathes at the Royal Victoria Beach in Royal Victoria Docks.

Sana Hazem sunbathes at the Royal Victoria Beach in Royal Victoria Docks. - Credit: Archant

More than 200 tonnes of sand were used to transform part of what were once the world’s largest enclosed docks into an urban seaside resort —sitting underneath the Emirates Airlines Cable Car and behind the Siemens Crystal building.

Children play in the sand at the Royal Victoria Beach at Royal Victoria Docks

Children play in the sand at the Royal Victoria Beach at Royal Victoria Docks - Credit: Archant

Part of the inspiration for the beach came from the annual Paris Plage in France where areas along the river Seine are transformed to Riviera-style settings.

Maya Kholia, three, plays in the sand at the Royal Victoria Beach at Royal Victoria Docks.

Maya Kholia, three, plays in the sand at the Royal Victoria Beach at Royal Victoria Docks. - Credit: Archant

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said: “Life really will be a beach for everyone at the Royal Docks this summer. This is London’s most unique entertainment space, just yards from a DLR station.”

Abedel Mindia, left, Milan Nwosisi, and Tianna Osei make a splash at the Royal Victoria Beach in Roy

Abedel Mindia, left, Milan Nwosisi, and Tianna Osei make a splash at the Royal Victoria Beach in Royal Victoria Docks. - Credit: Archant

The beach, which is big enough to fit ten London buses on it, will host a range of family activities including theatre performances, arts workshops and live music.

Time to relax at the Royal Victoria Beach in Royal Victoria Docks.

Time to relax at the Royal Victoria Beach in Royal Victoria Docks. - Credit: Archant


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It will also have a children’s play area during the summer holiday.

Sunbathers at the Royal Victoria Beach in Royal Victoria Docks.

Sunbathers at the Royal Victoria Beach in Royal Victoria Docks. - Credit: Archant

Working with arts events team The Brick Box, a nine-week summer programme has been organised for the beach.

Daria Aslam, four, with her mum Dovile Gecaite, play at the Royal Victoria Beach at Royal Victoria D

Daria Aslam, four, with her mum Dovile Gecaite, play at the Royal Victoria Beach at Royal Victoria Docks. - Credit: Archant

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The project is also providing eight Newham residents with jobs as beach attendants through the council’s Workplace scheme.

The beach is available for free bookings and use by sports groups, community groups and residents.

The beach will be open to the public until September 21. ‘Super Saturdays’ with special events will run from 12noon until 8pm.

Visit www.newham.com/summer for more information on activities.

*To see a picture gallery of Newham Beach, click on the multimedia link on the right hand side.

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