Best swimming spots in London

Though London has the river Thames flowing through the city but still it cannot be considered as a city of water enthusiasts & outdoor swimmers in recent time. It is said that facts are stranger than fictions and it is applicable here too as London has a swimming history of more than 400 years in Thames. There were huge number of lidos, river beaches, floating baths and as well as bathing houses in London almost a hundred year back. It’s a harsh fact that the river Thames is considered to be too dangerous now to swim especially in downstream, which is one of the main reason behind the lack of water enthusiasm in London in recent past. But the scenario has started changing by the proposed reopening of various ponds and lidos in London city and gradually the interest for swimming is gaining back in public. Followings are few best lidos & ponds in London which are a charm to visit.

 

Hampstead mixed pond

 

Hampstead mixed pond is one of the three famous bathing ponds located on heath. You can use wetsuits as a standard practice to swim as wetsuits encourage to grind through the water, heading down; but the bathing ponds demand a relatively slow pace. You will enjoy your slow swim in the beautiful surroundings with timber branches dipping into the golden water. Inevitably you will start to appreciate this special place soon after you start swimming here. Though it’s really rare to feel engrossed in nature while staying in the busy city of London but here you can find the same for sure. You can enjoy a summer membership or a yearly membership for £66 & £125 respectively. Best way to reach here is to take over ground rail to Hampstead Heath.

 

Kenwood ladies pond, Hampstead Heath

 

The ladies pond has an entirely different ambience as compared to mixed pond. It is situated on the heath moving towards the northern side. Its location is more serene and hence removes you further from the chaos of everyday life in London. Women are swimming here since the early decades of 20th century. You can enjoy a yearly membership for £5. Best way to reach here is to take a tube up to Highgate or to avail over ground rail to Hampstead Heath or Gospel Oak. Stay at Montcalm Royal London City, that will help you further to plan your daily swimming sessions due to its unique location.

 

Parliament Hill lido, Hampstead Heath

 

Parliament Hill Lido is also located in Hampstead Heath. It was built in the year of 1938 and it is the only outdoor pool in London having a stainless steel construction with steel bar line. Swimming in this lido is like diving into a herculean metal concave. The golden chilly water is an added charm for the swimmers. You can have a glorious time here with yourself only. You can have a membership on per day basis for a mere £6 for adults and £15 for families. The easiest way to reach there is to get in a tube up to Tufnell Park or to avail over ground rail up to Gospel Oak.

 

King’s Cross pond

 

Kings Cross Pond is one of the water body opened in very recent time. As the name suggests it’s a pond not a lido or pool. The pond is shaped like a bowl and the grassy bank is bordered by chromatic flowers. It is situated just in the mid of the city, because it’s more an art establishment than a public leisure property. This is an ideal place to come with your friends on a warm day. You can enjoy your time with friends sitting on the wooden sink wall that separates the reeds from the swimming section. Daily tickets can be booked in advance for £4 to £6.50 depending on the shift & duration of your swimming session. If you can avail London Hotels Special Offers then you may get a free ride or passes at a much reduced rate in any of these ponds & lidos. The most convenient way to reach there is to get in a tube or to avail over ground rail up to King’s Cross.

 

Charlton Lido, South East London

 

Charlton Lido is one of the newest refurbished lido in London. You can enjoy 25 deg. C heated water here throughout the year which allows you to stay in for a long & decent swimming session. There is a nice cafe here which offers tea, coffee, Panini, cakes & muffins. Daily tickets can be booked in advance for £6 and nearest over ground rail station is Charlton.

 

London Fields lido, Hackney

 

London Fields lido is located in the heart of massively populated area of Hackney. So, it is more or less full packed especially on warm & sunny days. But as the lido posses’ heated water and is open until 9pm all around the year, so it can be enjoyed in any weather. You can enjoy a daily membership or a yearly membership. Best way to reach here is to avail over ground rail up to London Fields or Hackney Central.

 

The Serpentine, Hyde Park

 

The Serpentine in Hyde Park is a famous triathlon spot in the city. This is the oldest swimming club of England and their first Christmas Day swimming competition was recorded way back in 1864.Though it’s such an old water body but the water is crystal clear especially at the middle of the lido. You can have a membership on per day basis here for just £4.80 for adults and £1.80 for children. The easiest way to reach there is to get in a tube up to Knightsbridge.

 

Tooting Bec lido, South London

 

Tooting Bec lido is the largest outdoor pool in Europe. It has a gigantic width of 90 metres and is aged more than a century. It is the swimming base for South London Swimming Club and the pioneer for cold-water aquatics in England. You can opt for a daily membership for just £7.80 for adults and £5.20 for children. The best way to reach here is to get in a tube up to Tooting Bec or to avail overland train up to Streatham.

 

Brockwell lido, South London

 

Brockwell Lido is another soothing water body in south London though not as huge as Tooting Bec. Brockwell’s cafe is a great attraction here where you can enjoy coffee and light meals for refreshment after a hectic swimming session. It is an art deco construction with an intrinsic entrance. You can go for a daily membership for just £6 for adults and £3.50 for children. The best way to reach here is to get in a tube up to Brixton or to avail overland train up to Brixton or Herne Hill.

 

Hampton Pool, South West London

 

Hampton pool is located near Hampton Court, South London. It’s a highly acclaimed family spot due to the availability of paddling pool, huge meadows and water slides at this site. It is also known as a venue for organizing concerts & theatres. You can go for a daily membership for just £6 for adults and £3.50 for children. The best way to reach here is to avail overland train up to Hampton.

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