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Best Swimming Pools in London

Looking to take a dip in the capital? From Olympic-sized pools to open water swimming, there are plenty of places in London for you to dive into.

With the temperatures soaring, there are few things better than cooling off in the pool. But where’s best to do it? Well, wonder no more, as we’ve got you covered with our list of the five best swimming pools in London.

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London Aquatics Centre

If you’re a swimming fanatic, jumping into London’s Olympic pool may be something to tick off the bucket list. Follow in the footsteps of the UK’s top swimmers and take a trip to the London Aquatics Centre, home of the most technologically advanced swimming facilities in the world.

Having hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games back in 2012, the pool is now open to the public. It’s suitable for all abilities and has three pools – a 50m pool with 10 lanes, a moveable training pool and an adjustable diving pool. 

Marshall Street Baths

Marshall Street Baths, a beautifully restored Grade II listed building, now boasts a leisure centre offering a selection of fun activities for everyone.

Known as one of the prettiest swimming pools in London, it was originally built in 1931 and features stunning marble floors. A thorough refurbishment was completed in 2010 to bring the complex up to scratch.

It’s an ideal place to go if you’re looking to keep fit, join exercise classes or even for a fun family day out. You can also experience a relaxing spa treatment in the four rooms provided.

Repton Park

Repton Park is a Gothic gem nestled away in the north-east of the capital and is possibly one of the coolest London swimming pools. The pool is set inside a disused chapel and delivers a unique experience you won’t forget.

The location is spectacular – swim down the chapel aisle while surrounded by stained glass windows and get exercising in this converted cathedral.

Brockwell Lido

As the summer months approach, you may be wondering where the best outdoor swimming pools are in London. Brockwell Lido is a public open-air swimming pool located in Herne Hill. 

With some fantastic facilities on offer, this is a great place for you and the family to stay fit while enjoying the sun. The lido is a 50m pool surrounded by sunbathing terraces and pavilion buildings, restored to provide top amenities to aid your health and fitness journey.

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Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds

Perhaps you’re feeling brave and want to try some wild swimming in London. Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds are situated in a vast open area of woodland in north London. 

You can swim in the ponds anytime between 7am and 8:30pm during the summer months. There are three ponds altogether: a mixed pond, a male-only pond and a female-only pond, so take your pick!

It’s completely free, so make the most of the warm weather by taking a dip in the great outdoors.

Getting to London

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