London’s top 10 outdoor swimming venues

August 7th, 2018 - By gshorter
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This summer has been the hottest on record since 1976 and the heatwave looks like it's set to continue. To help you stay cool, we’ve put together our top 10 outdoor swimming venues located in and around London.

1. Hampstead ponds, Hampstead Heath

The place to go if you live in north London. There are three bathing ponds to choose from including a mixed pond and a ladies pond. The ponds are not for elite athletes wanting to plough through the pond, head down, but for those wanting a slow glide through the water, with a chance to take in the surroundings. It’s not very often in London that you feel immersed in nature. The ponds are the UK’s only lifeguarded open water swimming facility open to the public all year round.

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2. Parliament Hill Lido, Hampstead Heath

Another one for north Londoners and also located on Hampstead Heath, is the Parliament Hill Lido. It was built back in 1938 and is Grade II-listed, being the only stainless steel lined outdoor pool in the country. The lido is 60x27 metres and is not heated. It can get very busy at weekends, so make sure you get there early.

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3. The Serpentine Lido, Hyde Park

Located in London’s famous Hyde Park, the Serpentine Lido has been the place to cool down in london for over 100 years. The Serpentine Swimming Club is the oldest swimming club in Britain, where members swim every day in the Lido and take part in the famous Christmas day race.

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4. Tooting Bec Lido, south London

The Tooting Bec Lido, located in south London, is Europe’s largest outdoor pool, at 90 metres long. The pool isn’t heated so if it’s early in the season, you may want to bring a wetsuit.

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5. Brockwell Lido, south London

Nestled in the corner of Brockwell park, this lido is not too far from Brixton station and is much loved by south Londoners. As well as a 50m pool, there is also a gym and studio on site.

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6. Shepperton Lake, south west London

Located in south London, Shepperton Lake puts swimmers first. There are two swim loops marked out by buoys including a 400m and 750m loop. You must wear a swim hat and wetsuit, unless it’s too warm, which you can hire on site.

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7. Hampton Pool, south west London

Located next to the famous Bushy Park, Hampton Pool is much loved by the locals. It is 36 metres long and is open 365 days a year. It is maintained at 28 degrees throughout the year and you will often see the steam evaporating from the pool during the cooler months. It’s open on Christmas day, where swimmers can enjoy a mince pie after a swim.

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8. Thorpe lake, Surrey

On the outskirts of London in Surrey, is the beautiful Thorpe Lake. There are three courses to choose from including a 400m, 750m and 1500m loop. They also run weekly competitions and races which are great for those wanting to assess their performance and get more used to race conditions.

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9. London Fields Lido, Hackney

After years of campaigning, the London Fields Lido reopened in 2006 on the original site of the 1930’s pool. It’s an Olympic size swimming pool and is heated all year round but it can often get quite busy in the summer as it’s located in the central London. Whilst it’s enjoyable when it’s warm outside, it’s magical in winter, where you’ll often see the steam rising from the water.

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10. Pools on the park Richmond, south London

Located in the beautiful area of Richmond, the Richmond pools include a heated outdoor pool which is opening during the summer months and an indoor pool which is open all year round. There is also a spa and fitness centre on site.

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