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London's best outdoor swimming pools
Posted on 11/05/2016

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Nothing beats stripping down to your swimming trunks and taking a plunge in the middle of one of the best cities in the world...

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  • Serpentine, Hyde Park
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.


If you find yourself working round the clock this summer with no time to escape to the beach, then fear not because London has plenty of ways to cool off a bit closer to home.

London is home to several outdoor pools and lidos, many of which date back to the 1930s. Built during the golden age of Art Deco, they offer plenty of space for splashing around in the shallows or soaking up the sun by the poolside.

If you're looking for swimming spots outside the capital, whether it's beach recommendations or lakes with safe swimming, the Outdoor Swimming Society should be your first port of call.

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