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.
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|Venue name:||Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds||Contact:|
|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. Times are subject to adjustment due to daylight hours, see website for details|
|Transport:||Tube: Kentish Town; Bus: then C2, 214 bus|
|Price:||£2, concs £1|
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i go to the hamstead heath ponds pretty much every day now, it is an amazingly icey shock to the system, but, in my opinon it is the most refreshing way to start a hot day
A wonderful escape from manic city life.Having just moved here from a seaside town and year round seaswimming,I was finding my first week of London life a bit overwhelming.But walking down the path to the Ladies' Pond was like discovering a portal to another universe!The water was velvety and refreshing,the trees surrounding the pond cocoon you in green and the odd duck comes bobbing by! I thought I saw rubbish floating on the water surface but on approach,realised it was a feather.Fabulous.Winter pond swimming here I come!
There is nothing better than escaping the London hubbub by going swimming in an urban lake. Hampstead Heath is idyllic enough but the ponds themselves are on another level. Ignore the colour of the water though mind. The mixed pools cost a few pounds to attend. If you are lucky, you might even get to sit next to a celebrity in their swimming cozzie (Rupert Friend in my case...).
A truly unique experience. Swimming in a pond in the middle of London is pretty unusual. The murkiness of the pond was slightly off-putting and made my bathers brown, though it washed out after.