Nothing beats stripping down to your swimming trunks and taking a plunge in the middle of one of the best cities in the world...
Serpentine, Hyde Park
It doesn't get much more better than this if you really are seeking a back-to-nature, chlorine-free experience: a swimming area carved out of the main pond in Hyde Park. It's a unique slice of London life.
Brockwell Lido, Brixton
Located in Brixton's Brockwell Park, this 50-metre pool is a 1930s Art Deco, Grade II listed classic, complete with an award winning café.
Hampsted Heath Ponds
There are three ponds set aside for swimmers on the Heath - two separate sex and one mixed. Set beautifully in on Hampsted Heath, a dip here is a memorable experience.
King's Cross Pond Club
This project is new this year and boasts the title of the UK's first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pond. Only a stones throw from King's Cross, the piece encourages visitors to enter the water and participate in the installation as a work of art.
London Fields Lido
This lido is London's only 50-metre heated outdoor pool making it a perfect place to take a dip all year round. It gets busy in the summer but there is a beautiful sun terrace if you fancy getting away from the splashing.