A forecast for the slightest bit of rain over the weekend was enough to send the doom and gloomers into overdrive, proclaiming that the British summer was well and truly over! It probably is and it would be very un-British to not have a whinge about that fact, but let’s not get too down in the dumps about it… I’m going to be bold and say we had a rather good run of the sunshine and warm weather. There were a couple of false starts and unbearable heatwaves but overall, I can’t complain. We’ve spent some quality time in the deck chairs we lugged home on the tube about two years ago, and I’ve enjoyed many al fresco lunches at the office!
The only thing that stopped me from all out declaring that it was a good and proper summer was when I realised I hadn’t made the customary trip to the beach. In my humble opinion, no summer is complete without dipping at least my toes in the sea and enduring the hilarity of finding sand everywhere for weeks. If I can tick that off, then yep, this has been a goody.
If we were still in Wellington, I’d jump in the car and head to Days Bay or Waikanae but in London, getting to the beach requires a little more planning. A day trip to Brighton or Bournemouth is a firm favourite for those in search of sea air but what to do if you, like me, don’t even have the luxury of leaving the city for just one day? Go to Brixton. Your eyes are not deceiving you, there is a beach in Brixton – but you’ll have to be quick, it disappears in less than a week…
Brixton Beach Boulevard is an 80s Miami style popup bar with live DJs, yoga sessions, private rooms for parties, and delicious food, all found on a rooftop in Brixton. Unfortunately there’s no water to dip into but there’s plenty of sand and enough deck chairs and bunting to certainly help you pretend you’re at a beach in Miami. And it seems this is a winning combination – even on a cloudy Sunday afternoon, the beach was packed!
We grabbed a couple of drinks and set off to survey the food options. I think they have a selection of vendors who rotate – on our visit we decided to try a pulled pork burrito from Lucha Burrito and a steak hache special from Lucky Pierre. The burrito was tasty but the fillings definitely could have been hotter and generally more varied… I’m not sure where the guacamole disappeared to. By contrast, the steak hache sandwich was absolutely delicious – it’s hard to go past a well-seasoned and well-grilled patty smushed in between thick, buttery toasted bread!
It’s definitely one of the quirkiest places I’ve been in London and it’s all quite fun. It’s the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon or evening with a group of friends… cocktails flowing, music blasting, a bite to eat here and there… all the joy of partying at the beach with all the convenience of a short tube ride to Brixton!
Thanks to Brixton Beach Boulevard for letting me spending the evening at the beach, but as always, all opinions are mine and mine alone!