17 Splendid Places For Outdoor Swimming In London

Splish splash.

1. Tooting Bec Lido, SW16.

The largest fresh water open air swimming pool in England. Find out more here.

2. Kenwood Ladies’ Pond, NW5.

Leafy and lovely (although a touch chilly), the Ladies’ Pond is the loveliest way to spend a hot day. Its’ only open to women and girl swimmers though - men can visit the two other ponds on the Heath. Find out more here.

3. Hampstead Mixed Pond, NW5.

Time to go for a splash. If you’re bring children, remember that swimmers must be eight or over. Find out more here.

4. Brockwell Lido, SE24.

Set in an Art Deco, Grade II listed building, this lido also has a lovely cafe. Find out more here.

5. Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre, N4.

If you’re keen to do some wild swimming, the centre holds regular training sessions. Find out more here.

6. Hillingdon Lido, UB8.

A 50m pool, in a 1930’s style. Charming. Find out more here.

7. Oasis Outdoor Pool, WC2.

A gem in the middle of Covent Garden. It gets very busy though. Find out more here.

8. Shoreditch House, E1.

This is a tricky one. To use the rooftop pool, you’ll need to know a member. You could also stay in the hotel rooms, which give you pool access. But it’s not cheap. Find out more here.

9. Charlton Lido, SE18.

A heated outdoor pool is such a treat. Find out more here.

10. London Fields Lido, E8.

A 50m heated pool, in sunny London Fields. Perfect. Find out more here.

11. Parliament Hill Lido, NW5.

This Lido is a long one - at 60m, but be aware that it’s unheated. Find out more here.

12. Hampton Pool, TW12.

A little outside of London, but worth the trip. Hampton Pool is heated, and open 365 days a year. Find out more here.

13. Serpentine Lido, W2.

Over 100 years old, this Lido in the middle of Hyde Park is a London treasure. Swim in the Serpentine, and keep an eye out for the swans. There’s also a paddling pool for smaller children. Find out more here.

14. Pools on the Park, TW9.

Situated in leafy Richmond, this lido is only open during the summer. Find out more here.

15. The Berkeley Hotel, SW1.

A luxury rooftop pool, overlooking Hyde Park. The only catch is that it’s pricey. You can stay in the hotel, or opt for a day membership. Find out more here.

16. Park Road Lido, N8.

Not yet open for summer - but keep on eye on the website. You could also try Finchley Lido, but only it’s only open if the weather is over 20 degrees Celsius.

17. Stubbers Adventure Centre, RM14.

A little outside of London, Stubbers is an outdoor lake swimming spot - great if you’re training for a triathlon. Find out more here.

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