Swim Away to Glory!

Who wouldn’t wish for a nice, cool, relaxing swim in the scorching heat? Swimming is a healthy, low-cost activity that you can continue throughout your life. Not only that, it is a low-impact activity that has many physical and mental health benefits. Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water. Be ita competitive sport, or simply swimming for relaxation, this is one exercise that has several benefits. Swimming is a good all-round activity because it keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body, builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness, helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs, tones muscles and builds strength and provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.

When it comes to London, the city seems to have come up with a solution to the geographical disadvantage of not being by the sea. When the underground feels like descension into fiery hell and you’re more than a little tempted to flop into the Thames, head to one of the city’s beloved open-air swimming pools. From modern swimming pools with endless facilities to historic and ornate swimming baths,London has an indoor pool for everyone- whether you are a serious swimmer simply looking for somewhere to swim lengths, or a family searching for the perfect activity-filled leisure centre pool to keep the children happy. Here’s giving you a list of a few pools worth exploring:

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Shoreditch House, E1: If you can get in, Shoreditch House’s members-only rooftop pool is the hippest place to combine work with play. Kick back on a white lounger with a Mac on your lap and Tweet casual updates to all and sundry as you go over those graphs. The relaxing environment is bound to cheer you up and make all your worries drift away. The details of membership to the Shoreditch Houses are readily available online and come in various packages meant to suit different individual needs.

 Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds, NW3: Set in nearly 800 acres of serene parkland, Hampstead Heath’s bathing ponds are possibly the loveliest swimming spots in the city. With ladies, men and mixed groups catered for respectively, they’re open to the public from 7am all year round. If you arrive before 11am on sizzling weekends to secure a patch for your towel and picnic. Pack some trunks in your briefcase on a Wednesday if you fancy an evening dive in the mixed pond (the others are open until sunset throughout the working week).

Oasis Sports Centre, WC2H:  One of Covent Garden’s hidden secrets – the outdoor pool at this Endell Street leisure complex is an oasis in the midst of central London’s heaviest-trod pavements. Enough people know about it for the pool and sundeck to get busy (in fact, it’s not unusual to be swimming face to foot on hotter days), but the 27.7m puddle of blue above the city is a little-black-book gem for those who work in the area. Grab an ice cream from the café, stick your shades on and marvel at how you’ve only spent a handful of change to be here.

The Berkeley, SW1X: If your swimsuit is simply too fabulous for any old lido – try The Berkeley hotel. Day membership is steep at £150, but for the use of an uncrowded rooftop pool, loungers, a chic little solarium, complimentary refreshments and views over Hyde Park, it’s worth it for a luxe treat. In 2011, McQueens florist decorated the place as an English garden with birch trees and wild lavender. This year, Bamford Haybarn Spa is taking over with a prim countryside theme. Don’t despair if the heavens open and you’ve pre-booked – a roof slides over to cover the pool area when the sun’s had enough. The only rooftop pool in West London, the swimming pool at The Berkeley Hotel Health Club & Spa is open to both residents and non-residents alike.The heated pool has the fantastic advantage of offering amazing views over Hyde Park and the rest of London, and on sunnier days, the roof can be retracted to turn the pool into an amazing outdoor swimming experience. This one is a definite must see if you ever get the chance to pay The Berkeley Hotel a visit.

And this is not all! London is full of such water-heavens, a few other examples being the London Aquatics Centre, Stratford, The Peak Health Club & Spa, Central London and the Archway Leisure Centre, Islington.  There are several hotels too, like the shaftesbury premier london paddington hotel that has amazing swimming resources available. So this summer, swim away your worries! Whatever be your purpose, whatever be the mood, the lap of luxury awaits you with open arms.

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