Sandcastle on Thames

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, except that this sandcastle isn’t.  This is a Sandcastle on Thames in an all together more metropolitan setting, slap bang in the centre of London.  If you thought that the Thames  revealed nothing but mud at low tide then think again.  This magnificent sandy beach can be found on the Southbank just downstream from the National Theatre, all you need is a deckchair and with a bit of imagination you could be in Scarborough.  The strand is called Ernie’s Beach after John Hearn MBE who worked hard to have the Thames foreshore recognised as an asset and amenity for London.  Whilst seeing the beach was a shock, so was the scale of the sandcastle, more of a sand palace.



  1. March 26, 2017 / 2:08 am

    Ah yes, I know the spot. That’s a mighty impressive construction!

  2. March 26, 2017 / 2:51 am

    That sandcastleis awesome. I love beaches whereever they are found. #mysundayphoto

  3. March 26, 2017 / 7:54 am

    That is a mightily impressive sandacastle. Brings back memories as it happens. Once, some years ago, I was passing by the South Bank with a friend at night. it was low tide and someone had set up a bar and a sound system and was holding a small, illegal rave on the beach! It was great fun! #MySundayPhoto

  4. March 26, 2017 / 8:22 am

    Now that’s a sandcastle! Amazing. I can’t say I’d be that keen to sit on a beach by the Thames but you’ve made me see it in a new light 🙂

  5. March 26, 2017 / 8:23 am

    I would never have guessed that this photo was taken in central London. Beach and Thames are not two words that I would normally put together! That sandcastle is amazing.

  6. March 26, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Sssshhhh this is a little hidden treasure…I don’t want everyone to know about it.

    That is quite a sandcastle

    Thank you for linking up

  7. March 26, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Oh wow! That is one amazing sandcastle x

  8. March 26, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    Wow that’s really impressive. It takes me a few hours just to make a standard beach bucket sandcastle.

  9. March 26, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    I had no idea there was sand on the Thames you can tell I’m a Northern girl! #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine
      March 26, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Neither did I and I’ve lived here for 30 years

  10. March 27, 2017 / 1:03 am

    There are actually a few of these little beaches along the Thames but some are nicer than others


  11. March 27, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    I lived in London for seven years, yet I had no idea there was a beach on the Thames! What an amazing piece this sand palace is!

  12. March 28, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Oooh how cool! Our efforts are never so grand.

    • Catherine
      March 28, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      It was so complicated that I think that no child was involved in its construction !

  13. March 30, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Wow! That is totally beautiful – and what a great place to have it too #MySundayPhoto

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