Best outdoor swimming pools in London
Guys the summer is definitely here! With the last heatwaves and hot temperatures, we are looking for some ways to refresh ourselves and enjoy the summer in London! Even if you are staying the summer in the city don’t worry we have the perfect solution to feel like if you are in holidays: a list of the best outdoor swimming pools!
Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds
One of the best place to find an outdoor swimming pool is in Hampstead Heath Park, it is internationally famous! You will have the choice with 4 different swimming pools: the Ladies’ Pond, the Men’s Pond, the Mixed Pond, and the Parliament Hill Lido. The ladies’ and Men’s Ponds are different from the other swimming pool in London because they are the only life-guarded open-water swimming facilities open to the public every day of the year.
Address: Hampstead Heath London NW5 1QR
Opening hours: Open year-round: Men’s and Ladies’ Ponds 7am-8.30pm summer, winter (Sept-Mar) times vary; Mixed Ponds 7am-6.30pm daily, Weds in July until 8.30pm.
Park Road Leisure Centre
This outdoor pool is one of the largest in all London, and also one of the most popular summer spot since 1926! So you should go at least one 😉 There are diving areas, a children’s pool, grassy slopes for sunbathing and a cafeteria.
Address: Park Rd London N8 8JN
Opening hours: May – August 7am-8pm
Price: £5.50, under-16s £3.60
King’s Cross Pond Club
The King’s Cross Pond Club is not a Pond like the other ones, it’s an art installation which take part of the King’s Cross Arts Programme. It is a man-made freshwater public swimming bath was designed to give visitors a fresh perspective on the urban area in its vicinity. The 40-metre pool is in a natural oval shape and surrounded by hard and soft landscaping and planting that will evolve with age. Changing rooms, loos, showers and lockers are available and a life guard will be on hand to keep visitors safe. Space is limited so make sure to book in advance!
Address: 20 Canal Reach (entrance on Tapper Walk), London N1C 4BE
Opening hours: http://www.kingscrosspond.club/opening-times
Price: £6.50 peak, £3.50 off peak
Oasis Sports Centre
If you don’t want to cross the all city for going to the swimming pool we found the perfect place for you : The Oasis Sports Centre! The centre has an outdoor pool in Covent Garden, it is open-air but heated, with a sun terrace, and in case of the weather change their is also an indoor pool! The Oasis is so popular at hot summer weekends and at peak times that getting any serious swimming done is difficult, so plan to come earlier if you want to swim, or to go just for cool down in the water!
Address: 32 Endell St London WC2H 9AG
Opening hours: Open year-round: 9am-6pm Mon; 6.30am-10pm Tue-Fri; 9.30am-6pm Sat, Sun.
Price: £4.65, children £1.55
This pool is a little bit special because it’s actually a section of the Serpentine Lake, so unlike a classic swimming pool this one isn’t chlorinated! The lake is located in Hyde Park, so it’s the perfect occasion to visit part of the park at the same time. The Serpentine Lido has been a Londoner’s escape for over 100 years. So go and appreciate the unique atmosphere while enjoying a relaxing swim in the Serpentine. Or pull up a deckchair and sunbath to perfect your tan!
Address: Hyde Park, W2 3XA
Opening hours: 10am-6pm weekends and bank holidays in May; 10am-6pm daily June-Aug.
Price: £4.50, £3.50 concs, £1.50 children
Hillingdon Outdoor Pool
If you are looking for a Lido to swim properly, and work out the Hillingdon outdoor Pool is for you! Indeed you will find a 50m open-air swimming pool, complete with cascades (fountains) at either end, and a new. The outdoor pool is now part of a new leisure centre that includes an indoor pool of the same size. Out in the open, there’s space to chill by the pool and café for post-swimming snacks.
Address: Hillingdon Sport and Leisure Complex Gatting Way, Uxbridge, London UB8 1ES
Opening hours: http://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/Hillingdon_Sport_and_Leisure_Complex%20/activity/Swimming
London Fields Lido
Here another outdoor swimming pool to swim and work out! It is a 50m Olympic size, heated outdoor swimming pool open all year round and located in Hackney, central London.
Address: London Fields Westside London E8 3EU
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 6:30 am-9pm
Pools on the Park Richmond
If you want to enjoy a little swim after a visit in the beautiful Richmond Park, we have what you need! Built in the 1960s and featuring both a lido and an indoor pool, but the heated outdoor pool opens during the summer months only.
Address: Old Deer Park TW9 2SF
Opening hours: http://www.springhealth.net/swimming/opening-times-closures