Visiting London and want to go
swimming? Take a dip in one of London’s
lovely outdoor swimming pools.
Top of the list must be the famous Serpentine
lake in Hyde Park. Not too far from Park City Grand Plaza Hotel London,
this has always been a popular destination for Londoners – and not just in
summer. Even in the depths of winter, a
group of swimmers belonging to a swimming club come here to bathe every day and
are usually filmed enjoying the water on Christmas Day. This is an open lake
and you may well find yourself meeting a few ducks or even a swan also enjoying
a swim. Afterwards, you can sunbathe on
the grassy banks, or take a pedalo for a ride across the lake.
A close runner up in the London Lido stakes
are the swimming facilities out on Hampstead Heath. There is quite a choice on offer. You can opt for a swim in the conventional
rectangular pool at Parliament Hill.
Alternatively head for the ever popular Ponds. Although there are over 30 ponds scattered
across Hampstead Heath, only three are suitable for swimming. Check you have
chosen the most appropriate one before diving in as one pond is for men only,
one for women only and one is for everyone. It is a very relaxed
environment, with clear ponds surrounded
by lush greenery and trees. It seems a million miles away from the hustle and
bustle of London.
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The largest outdoor pool in the UK is
situated in London, although you do need to take a train to Tooting Bec
common. People have been swimming at
Tooting Bec Lido since 1906, and its popularity has remained undiminished. The pool is 100 yards long (91.4 metres) and
33 yards wide (30 metres), and surrounded by iconic changing cubicles in bright
red, yellow and green. This iconic scene has featured in countless films and
advertisements including Brad Pitt’s boxing pool scene in the film Snatch.
Also situated in a public park is the London
Fields Lido, Hackney. Used by swimmers since the 1930’s, the London
Fields Lido has some of the longest lido opening hours in London. Check beforehand, but it is usually available
for pre-breakfast outdoor swims as well as swimming until late in the evening.
of London’s hidden secrets is the number 5 swimming destination – and it is
only a short walk from London’s theatreland.
Book a stay at any of the hotels
near Kensington London and head out to the Oasis Sports Centre. Tucked
away in a side street close to Covent Garden and offers a great place to swim
in the heart of London. Sunbathe on the
sun terrace, take an Aquafit class in the indoor pool and enjoy the pleasure of
gently heated water in the long outdoor pool.