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The Tower of London Children’s Beach, or Tower Beach, was opened in July 1934. It was created by transporting more than 1,500 tons of sand to the Thames north foreshore near Tower Bridge. It proved to be extremely popular and attracted hundreds of thousands of people even though the river’s tide meant that the beach was only open for a couple of hours a day. The beach was inaccessible during the Second World War but reopened afterwards and finally closed in 1971 due to pollution in the river.
© Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London