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17 Open Water Swimming Places In And Around London

But only if you're brave enough.

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1. Serpentine Lido, Hyde Park

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Nearest station: Knightsbridge underground

Serpentine Lido is open to the public from 10am-6pm at weekends in May, and then all week from June to mid-September. Entry costs £4.80. It also has a swimming club that meets at 8am every Saturday morning throughout the year.

2. London Royal Docks, Docklands

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Nearest station: Royal Victoria DLR

London Royal Docks is open to swimmers on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5-8pm, on Thursdays from 6-9am, and Sundays from 8-10am. It's £8 per swim, and they offer coached sessions for £20.

3. Kenwood Ladies' Bathing Pond, Hampstead Heath

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Nearest stations: Hampstead Heath and Gospel Oak Overground, Highgate underground

Tucked away at the back of Hampstead Heath, Kenwood Ladies' Bathing Pond is probably the prettiest place to swim in London. It's closed until May, but it will be open from 7am all summer. Swimmers pay £2 a day.

4. Highgate Men's Bathing Pond, Hampstead Heath

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Nearest stations: Hampstead Heath and Gospel Oak Overground, Highgate underground

Located just south of the Ladies' Pond, the Men's Pond is equally pretty and secluded. Entry costs £2 a day and it's open from 7am.


5. Mixed Bathing Pond, Hampstead Heath

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Nearest stations: Hampstead Heath and Gospel Oak overground, Highgate underground

The Mixed Pond costs £2 a day to get into, and it opens at 7am. It's the perfect place to spend a hot summer's day.

6. Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre

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Nearest stations: Stoke Newington overground, Manor House underground

Stoke Newington Reservoir Centre is due to open for swimming from 7th May. You'll be able to swim there on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It costs £15 for an induction (which you have to do), and after that it's £5 for Better Gym members and £10 for non-members.

7. Shadwell Basin

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Nearest stations: Wapping and Shadwell Overgrounds

Shadwell Basin is a disused dock that is surrounded by luxury flats. There's a canoe centre at one end of it, and lots of people swim in it when the weather gets nice.

8. King's Cross Pond Club

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Nearest stations: King's Cross underground and Caledonian Road & Barnsbury Overground

King's Cross Pond Club is an artificial natural bathing pond that's part of an art installation. It's open from 8am during the week and 10am at the weekend, and session prices range from £3.50 to £6.50. Jumping in is the best way to start your week.


11. Hythe End Gravel Pits, Heathrow

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Nearest station: Wraysbury

Hythe End's former gravel pits are gorgeous, and lots of people visit when the weather gets nice. They're also in the middle of a huge park, so there are plenty of places to have a picnic after your swim.

12. Frensham Great Pond, Surrey

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Nearest station: Farnham

Frensham Great Pond is a huge pond with a sandy beach in the middle of a park of woodland and heathland. It's gorgeous, and the perfect place to visit at the weekend.


13. Shepperton Open Water Swim, Surrey

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Nearest station: Shepperton

Swim sessions at Shepperton Open Water Swim cost £5, and will be starting on 5th May. They also offer swim coaching.

14. Thorpe Lake, Surrey

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Nearest station: Virginia Water

For £6 a session, you'll be able to swim in Thorpe Lake from 1 April. It'll be open on Tuesdays from 5.30–8pm, Saturdays from 6.30–10.30am, and Sundays from 6.30–9.30am.

16. Granchester Meadows, Cambridge

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Nearest station: Cambridge

You can swim in the river in Granchester when the weather is warm. Lots of people enter the water just behind The Red Lion and have a picnic in the meadows afterwards.

17. Walpole Bay Tidal Pool, Margate

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Nearest station: Margate

At high tide, Walpole Bay Tidal Pool is totally covered by the sea. You can swim there whenever you like, but you can also join their free social swimmer club if you prefer swimming with company. Margate is a little bit further out, but it's definitely worth a visit.