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London's best swimming pools
Great pools? From marble-clad baths dripping in history to modern leisure centres echoing with lifeguards' whistles, London is swimming in them
Sitting in the shadow of Alexandra Palace, this former British Rail laboratory has been transformed into a beautiful and sophisticated gym. There is an underground swimming pool as well as an exercise room with the most up-to-date Cybex strength and cardio equipment which faces out on to pretty tree-lined views. There is also a well-spaced weights room and functional zone, four beauty and holistic treatment rooms and a poolside day spa and relaxation area with dedicated manicure and pedicure spaces. There's also a wide range of yoga classes on offer.
- The Avenue, N10 2QJ
Built on the site of a 1920s lido and located on the southern edge of Highbury Fields, Highbury Pool and Leisure Centre proves as popular as ever and as a result the 25 metre pool is usually packed during peak times. That said, swimming here is generally a pleasure especially if you go either early in the morning or later at night – it’s open till 10pm six nights a week . There's a small but well equipped gym as well as sauna and steam room. A good range of swimming lessons for all ages are available to book.
- Highbury Crescent, N5 1RR
Part of the Fusion Lifestyle Group, this well-established leisure centre has been recently renovated with smart new changing rooms, a crèche and swanky new gym. The pool – a comfortable 33.3 metres with six wide lanes – retains a pleasant old-fashion feel and attracts all ages. On our last visit there was an Aqua Fit class going on which was proving extremely popular with the over 60s. There are also sessions for under 16s during school holidays.
- Winchmore Hill Road, N14 6AD
The 1990s update of the original ’30s lido is housed in a complex which includes an indoor pool, cinema and bowling alley. The (unheated) lido is now far smaller, but still has a good-sized grassy terrace where you can sunbathe on hot days. Opening is weather dependent – you won't get an al fresco swim if it's less than 20C outside. Indoors, swimmers can plough up and down the main pool or enjoy the leisure pool’s wave machine.
- Great North Leisure Park, Chaplin Square, N12 0GL
From the dazzling 25-metre main pool and 20-metre teaching pool on one side, to the impressive climbing wall on the other, this is a gem in both sporting and architectural terms. It reopened in 2006 as part of the wider Swiss Cottage regeneration project and really does offer something for everyone. The massive sports hall caters for most court and racket sports, and there's a wide range of group exercise classes in two bright, light studios. The gym is stuffed with state-of-the-art gear, including newly installed Power Plate machines, and its lower level can be programmed for specific group needs such as women-only, 50-plus and GP referrals. There’s also a Rascals adventure zone to keep the under-12s active.
- Adelaide Rd, NW3 3NF
Originally dammed-off clay pits, the ponds are run by the City of London Corporation. It is consulting with local residents about essential works to protect against flooding, which – though unlikely – could be catastrophic if a large quantity of rain fell over an extended period. In the meantime, the three pools remain open to ladies, men and mixed groups (including accompanied children aged eight-15, at the lifeguards’ discretion) respectively. The Men’s and Ladies’ Ponds are open all year round but to use the Mixed Pond in the winter season you must join the Hampstead Heath Winter Swimming Club. Even in the summer the water is chilly.
- Hampstead Heath, NW5 1QR
Built in 1938 and refurbished in 2005, the Grade II-listed Parliament Hill Lido measures a generous 60 metres by 28 metres. It has a stainless steel pool liner (the only one in an outdoor pool in the UK) which gives the water a metallic shimmer – not that you'll be able to tell when it's packed full of people on a sunny day. The lido is unheated, but wetsuits are permitted at the lifeguard’s discretion. There are two sessions a day (7-9am and 10am-6pm) with an additional adults-only evening session on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. There's a paddling pool for under-fives and a cafe.
- Parliament Hill Fields, Gordon House Rd, NW5 1LP
I went to the Hyde park, I was not satisfield.I was quite dirty, upstairs cafe there was not enough food, also there was not enough chair for people it was really dirty...
Here, in the US, (Minnesota) we use sphagnum moss to filter the pool water. It's inherently antibacterial and grows in abundance here.
Agree with Pedro. Any ideas where to find chlorine-free swimming pools in London, with affordable membership?
Ditto, adding myself to those requesting info on any aqua bike style facilities in London - anyone? If not, maybe we should open one - there's at least 3 punters lined up here already! Regards, Andy
Hi everyone! Like Magui I cannot find a swimming pool with aquabiking (aquq cycling, hydrospin, you name it!). It s everywhere in Europe, must be somewhere in london no? Please help!!! Thanks!
Hello... iÂ´m Magui, from Portugal. I live in southeast london, about a month and iÂ´m looking for hidrobike, or aquabike but i just cant find it!... where can i have aquaspinning classes????? Thanks very much!!
I think it's high time London pools used less chlorine or none at all. It has carcinogenous side effect. It is already banned in some countries.There are new technologies now in place like electrooxidation which kill all patogens and a lot quicker than chlorine.Obviously with no odour.
I agree, the Aquilla pool at the Rembrandt Hotel in Knightsbridge is a wonderful pool. Its a bit of a hidden gem and can be very quiet at times. the best pool in central London for me!!
Reply to ADY. The pool you are thinking about is Marshall St Baths - I went there in the 80s too. It was closed during the thatcher era along with many other pools and libraries in london at the time. Classic design, and one of the deepest pools in london . The good news is its now renovated, reopened ( New Labour did something right!) and run by GLL so no elitist and expensive entry fees. Ps , its in Marshall st funnily enough - just alongside Carnaby St. Enjoy...
Visiting London in mid sept and staying near Aldgate station. Plase could someone recommend a swimming pool nearby. I dont know the city at all. Many thanks
Seriously though, Swiss cottage the best? Pity the capital. Staff are unhelpful, pool changing rooms are filthy and classes are booked up days in advance but half empty when you finally manage to get to one. God forbid, if you aren't a member and want to use you local, council funded leisure facilities once in a while.
About time this article was updated. Seems there are lots of new and great pools that havent been featured. Im particularly interested in hearing more about these pools without chlorine - didn't realise that was possible. come on TIme Out - send out the reporters and bring us up to date
Try the Aquilla club in the Rembrandt Hotel, knightsbridge. Its roman columns are fantastic and it heated to 32 degrees! WOW
The leisure centre on Latchmere Road in Battersea SW11 has a great pool for young children, it has a few slides and a wave machine, also Bromley Glades has a good pool with slides.
TopNotch in New Malden is zero chlorine. according to the FB page they use poolsan and its much, much better than before
hi , just returned from s visit to london back home to australia , found a nice pool in bayswater at the porchester club a bit crowded but ok 30m pool , nice old building looks like a convrted baths the pool is indoor great way to start the day before treaking off
Pools in London are vile, dirty, cockroach-infested middens. Top marks to Brixton Recreation Centre's pond for sheer filth and grime, had I not resisted the desire to vomit it would have made little difference. Not unusual to pull used condoms from the filters I was informed by an ex-member of staff....nice Why can't we follow the example of out continental friends: showering thoroughly before entering pool (using soap) and wearing swim caps. It will never happen.
London swimmer since the 60s and veteran of many many pools, many now gone down the plughole. Favourite pool - the Original Swiss Cottage - award winning ambitious design, huge (used by olympians for training)...suffused with light and air...simply a Jewel, a swimmers dream and sooo unlike the poky postage stamp pool surrounded by private apartments that replaced it. Camden council should hang its head in eternal shame for selling out to the property developers. Close 2nd favourite the original Marshall St baths just off Carnaby St. Tiled, individual changing cubicles poolside and unfeasibly deep. Best current pool - not telling you, find out for yourself!...
In response to Samantha I'd suggest checking out The Jubilee sports centre, Caird Street W10. Its usually fairly quiet as it's tucked away from the main drag. Only a stones throw from Maida Vale. Not entirely sure on temperatures though?!
I have just moved to W9 and am looking for a swimming pool that's at least 17m that is cold enough to really swim in. All the pools I've been to in London are either too warm, too crowded -with people that are in a lane that is inappropriate for their speed- or absolutely filthy. I've tried: Marriott County Hall (too warm), Crystal Palace (too far), Oasis Sports Centre (filthy), Harbour Club (too warm), Third Space (a little too far from W9), Swiss Cottage (too crowded -it gets dangerous with slow swimmers in the fast lane and it can be really filthy). I will pay up to 150 pounds/month just to get a good pool within 20 minutes of W9 (Maida Vale/Warwick Ave) Anyone?
In reply to Aly - I think you may be thinking of Marshall Street Baths in the West End - same street as the Palladium if I remember correctly. Used to compete there many years ago in ASA Galas representing the Islington Swimming Club
london is a useless place sometimes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why no bloody indoor waterslides? they are all over the country but not in london!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi, I used to go to a swimming pool in London's West End, somewhere west of Portman Square. Does anyone know what it's called, or the road it is in? It was in the '80's when I used to go and it was an old pool, tiled all round the edges with changing rooms along the side of the pool. It was gorgeous but I can't remember what it was called and I'm feeling nostalgic! It may be somewhere off Seymour Street. If anyone knows can they let me know....thanks.
Was taken by a friend to the Lansdowne club in berkley square - a huge pool there which is really unexpected in middle of London. Gorgeous art deco style with chrome lamps all around and so airy its amazing. no chlorine at all in the pool - the chlorine damaged the features too much apparently so now they dont use it at all. The water was really soft and not at all smelly. Worth making friends with someone who's a member!
Top Notch health club in bermondsey changed from chlorine to poolsan over christmas. Im really impressed with the pool now as it's much clearer and doesnt smell at all. Very pleased
The comment on showering is very important because if people do not shower before swimming the pools automatic cleaning system pumps in much more chlorine and other chemicals. These chemicals cause asthma in susceptible children. My husband and my daughter and 4 other people I know are allergic to chlorine.
i agree with ivan - living well pool is great now. whats best is my desk doesnt stink of chlorine from my wet coz and towel under it all day. excellent!
When it comes to swimming pools in East London, this list has really missed the best one for children! At the Waterfront Leisure Centre in Woolich, there is a complete indoor waterpark! It's got an adventure pool with wave machines and waterfalls, paddleing pools, several slides (including a very very long anaconda slide!!) and a normal swimming pool for adults. Any child will LOVE this place!!
I'm loving the Living Well pool in the Hilton on the Edgware Road since they went chlorine free. definitely worth a detour to swim in, much better than it was before and better than anything else I've swum in apart from the sea.
anyone knows a swimming pool in south london that would accept mini zoomers. I bought these specially to use them in a swimming pool but I already asked 3 swimming pools and they don't accept them. What is the point of selling them if no swimming pool accepts them. If anyone has any idea, thanks for letting me know!
Marshall St baths re-opened on Tuesday. Kentish Town re-opened last week, Uxbridge Lido re-opened in May. I swam at Parliament Hill Lido last weekend - awesome - stainless steel liner!!!! This is a great year for swimming in London
I know other have mentioned it but Market Sports pool is great to swim in. i really notice there's no smell on my skin and my hair and skin dont dry out. just brill
market sports pool in shoreditch is great - decent size and no chlorine at all. they use a pool san instead
I love The porchester!!!!! Great Fun. Childrens swimming pool. Greaaaaatttt =] I suggest If you have children. Bring them there. There are no Cokroaches as soemone said before. I learned how to swim in.. 1 LESSON. =] Teehee!. Also. Changing rooms are clean. But if youd rather change in a private room. Go on a saturday. And sneak Into the Schools Big changing rooms. The showers. (You don't Have to go in naked).. Are warm. The water is warm and clean. Not smelly. aNNDDD Not overlly Crowded. =]. I suggest You go to porchester!
try the chlorine free spa pool at brockwell lido they use a pool san instead of chlorine. Staff told me the lido will have no chlorine this summer.
I was robbed at Porchester pool. Someone broke into my locker and took all my stuff whilst I was swimming. The staff didn't seem too surprised about it, but did let me use their phone. I'd lost my keys so had to get across town to my mates flat to get a spare set wearing nothing but a towel and a pair of speedos. It was November. Nice pool though.
Comment on the request by Mike on 25 Mar 2009 " I am currently looking for a decent (which means CLEAN) swimming pool meeting the continental standards" Sorry to say that there are no public pools anywhere in the UK which would meet the minimum hygiene standards in Germany or any of the Nordic countries. In those countries, all swimmers are expected to shower, with soap and without swimwear on, before entering the pool. When it comes to hygiene, we British really are the dirty pigs of Europe.
I really like porchester centre, never found it dirty a bit wet, but it's the cleanest i've found so far in london, apart from private ones, and i love the spa. Queen mother in vauxhall, everytime you swim by in the slow lane you smell the urine from the poolside toilets, horribe. Mile end ones changing rooms aren't great, and the pool is always crowded. the oasis in tottneham court road, changing rooms seem clean but kinda need a good seeing too they don't feel clean, and the showers weren't working very well. Still looking for a lean, unshabby public swimming pool
For a no chlorine swim try the 25m pool at Market Sports club in Shoreditch - very unusual in that it has no chlorine at all and no smell either. Lovely!! Details on the website www.marketsports.co.uk
I am looking for pool which water has been ozonized instead of treated by chlorine and would like to enjoy clean and not overcrowded pool cca 25m long and 3-4m deep. Guys..girls....could you recommend me some. It will do just one in London. Thanks :-)
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