Lambeth councillors last night voted to approve plans for a sandy beach to be installed next summer on the coach park alongside Hungerford Bridge and on part of Jubilee Gardens.
Now that the planning application for 2006 has been approved, next summer will see the
South Bank hosting what promoters say will be London's first authentic urban beach, together with a 1000-seat open-air cinema, beach bar, barbecues, café, sports and arts activity zones, market stalls and more.
Michael Lynch, chief executive of the South Bank Centre, added: "London's new beach and outdoor cinema will be a great addition to the South Bank. With Festival Riverside's new shops and restaurants and our unrivalled programme of arts events, the South Bank will be the place to
visit. Summer in London just got a whole lot better!"
Natalie Bell of SE1 United, which represents local youth groups, says: "SE1 United feel that this exciting project would be of immense benefit to many local residents and would give another much-needed activity to the area in the long summer break which is often a difficult time for many due to lack of amenities aimed at families."