This Elysian view is an artist's impression of the urban beach that developers are planning to build in Fulham.
Located on the site of a former beach that last welcomed horripilated bathers in the 1930s, the lakeside sandspot is part of an £8 million project to revamp the rather rundown Bishop's Park and adjacent Fulham Palace. It will include refurbishing the former's ornamental lakes, and excavating and filling the latter's moat (one trusts the bill won't be charged on expenses).
The dream of a London beach and London's burgeoning Bondification have been growing in probabilty these past years. No less a figure than the Mayor lent his rounded vowels to the idea of an annual Thames beach earlier this year. There are also plans knocking about for urban beaches in Victoria Park and Silvertown, east London. Five years hence we won't be able to move for bucket-and-spade shops.