Best for: Trying something new.
City-dwellers hungry for their alfresco swim fix now have a new expanse of chilly open water to throw their shivering bods into. The Borough of Lewisham’s largest green space is officially London’s newest wild-swimming spot. Only technically, it’s pretty ancient. The park has refilled its lost Georgian lake, which was originally created by Beckenham Place Mansion’s former resident John Cator in 1800. Now, the lagoon has been brought back to its former glory.
Swimmers have to book in advance and pay electronically before taking the plunge from the jetty, but a beach area will be free to use for paddling. In the Before Times, you could try kayaking and other water sports on the new lake, but now it’s reserved for swimmers as it reopens for the summer. The swimming spot is allowing 60 swimmers at a time in the new era of social distancing, with lifeguards on watch and changing facilities available.
Price: £5.50. Book here.