London in the sunshine is one of those rare treats we don’t get to enjoy too often. With the weather being as schizophrenic as it has been lately I was apprehensive about an invitation to CopaCABANA beach on the Southbank yesterday and with the afternoon downpour I was pretty sure the whole thing would be cancelled. Alas, the weather cleared up, the sun came out and we headed to the river for an evening of Caipirinha cocktails and Brazilian Barbeque street food.
Nibbles came in the form of Spicy Chicken and Pulled Pork Croquettes, Cassava Fries, the ultimate Sweet Potato Fries with your choice of Barbeque or Spicy Malagueta Chicken, Salt Cod Fritters and Chocolate Raindrop Doughnuts with Nutella. I was in my element.
The sun well and truly had its hat on and I had one of those rare moments where I really appreciate London. I’ve lived here all my life and sometimes it feels like the novelty has worn off. The Southbank is one of those places that restores my faith in this beautiful city and reminds me why I’ll never leave.
The beach boasts it’s very own bespoke Brasilian ‘bonde’ food tram serving up Cabana’s favourite dishes, 85 tonnes of sand and what they call Posto bar #13, Cabana’s recreation of the lifeguard posts along the beach in Rio converted into their very own Caipirinha Bar. They don’t just serve up Caipirinha’s though, you can have Mojitos, Brasillian Pimms, fresh coconuts (with or without Cachaça), beer, Guarana, sparkling Miolo rosè (THE ONE), passion fruit smoothies and good old Coca Cola.
Address: Cabana’s CopaCabana Beach, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Don’t miss out this summer.