Time poor Londoners who can’t make it to the seaside can still get a slice of beachlife at Royal Victoria Docks.

More than 200 tonnes of sand are being spread over the embankment to create an urban beach complete with deckchair, icecreams and views of the city skyline.

The event is returning to Royal Docks for the forth year running this summer, and this year has added street food, a bouncy castle and weekly Zumba sessions to the line-up of fun.

The beach, which sits directly beneath the Emirates Cable Car will be open daily 10am to 8pm from Monday, July 11 to Tuesday, August 30.

No swimming is allowed off the beach but the docks have a wide range of watersports and other activities available. Or you can simply sit back in your deck chair and watch others sweat it out.

Here are details of the events taking place.

Wake boarding

Royal Victoria Dock has two wake boarding lines featuring a number of jumps and obstacles for wakeboard fanatics. Paddleboarding is also available alongside SUP Yoga.


A dedicated watersports centre, Royal Docks Adventure, at Royal Albert Dock offers rowing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, bell boating and raft building.

Open-water swimming

Four sessions run each week; Wednesday 4-8pm, Thursday 6-9.30am, Friday 4-8pm, Sunday 7-10am, with group training sessions also available. Separate courses are offered for complete beginners.

Street Food Market

Lively professional street food chefs and brands will be showcasing their creativity, every Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 11am-4pm via pop-up restaurants and food trucks.

Great Newham London Swim

This open water challenge returns to the Royal Victoria Dock on Saturday, July 16. Previously known as the Great London Swim,it is suitable for all abilities, from first timers to budding triathletes and open water veterans. The standard one-mile course is a unique opportunity to swim outside in heart of the city, in the shadow of the O2 Arena and Canary Wharf.

AJ Bell London Triathlon

One of the world’s biggest and most iconic triathlons, taking place on August 6-7 and attracting over 13,000 triathletes of all ages and abilities and over 30,000 spectators. They will swim in the open waters of Royal Victoria Dock, run around the spectacular route of the docklands and bike various routes depending on the distance, day and category chosen.

River Rat Race

If swimming, wading, crawling, climbing, jumping, splashing and running your way around an aquatic obstacle course sounds like your idea of fun, then this event on Saturday, August 13 is for you.

Starting at London’s Excel Centre the race winds its way around the docklands linking together water and shore based activities. The 35 obstacles include a 50ft water slide, giant inflatables and the biggest water jump in any UK race.

Every entry includes a £10 donation to homeless charity Shelter.