Get on the #RoadToRio without setting foot on a plane at the newly launched CopaCabana Brasilian beach on the South Bank
Open now until the end of September, Cabana bar’s CopaCabana beach recreates the best of Rio including 85 tonnes of pristine sand, a Brasilian street food-inspired menu – chicken coxinhas, spicy Malagueta chicken, pork and papaya sausage, grilled halloumi and chocolate brigadeiros (vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options are available).
There’s also the CopaCabana Bonde food tram – a big yellow tram that once travelled one of the oldest street railway lines in the world, and now serves up some pretty good skewers.
Cabana, which has 10 sites across the UK including Brixton, Islington, Covent Garden and Westfield Stratford, was founded by serial restaurant entrepreneurs Jamie Barber and David Ponte, and they know a thing or two about Brasil.
There are plenty of watering holes on the beach, too, with 12 ‘postos’ (made to resemble Rio’s famous lifeguard towers) located up and down the beach to help you quench your thirst. Plus there’s the Cabana bar, which serves up cocktails like the Caipirinha (cachaça, sugarcane rum, lime and sugar), Batidas (Brasil’s answer to the Hard Shake) and the Rio Pimm’s, as well as refreshing glasses of Miolo Rosé Brut and Sagres.
Cabana’s CopaCabana Beach is open at Queen’s Walk at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX, from 11am til late daily. See cabana-brasil.com