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Palm Beach Lido (Tagg's Island)
1926 to ?

New Princes Restaurant, a prestigious cabaret venue in Piccadilly had taken a three-year lease on the old Karsino casino on Tagg’s island in the Thames near Hampton Court, and after refurbishment, re-opened as The Palm Beach on 8 May 1926.

The intention was to convert this island into a miniature version of Palm Beach, Florida by placing thousands of tons of sand, palm trees, sunshades, beach chairs and a fleet of motor-boats, punts and canoes for river merrymakers.

Palm Beach Lido HamptonPalm Beach Lido, 1926

A short film from 1926 can be viewed at the following link:

“I am not surprised that there is protest against the proposal to turn Tagg’s Island at Hampton Court into a mini Palm Beach” (Nottingham Journal 28 April 1926)