Heads up! We’re working hard to be accurate – but these are unusual times, so please always check before heading out.
London has some great outdoor swimming options. They look particularly appetising after a whole year of not being allowed near them. Our desire to paddle around under a sunny sky does mean that it's important to book ahead if you want your outdoor swim fix. So no 'rocking up to try your luck'. We don't do that anymore.
Things also might look a little different now – one-way swim lanes, reduced capacities and plenty of hand sanitiser once you’re out of the water – and you will almost certainly have to pre-book a spot at any of the pools listed below for the foreseeable future. It’s worth checking out all the rules and systems of the lido or pool you want to visit before you get there. It may kill the spontaneity of making a splash, but anything is worth it for that feeling of dipping a toe back into the water.
Whether you’re looking for alternative ways to get fit, family-friendly fun or a body of water to lounge around next to, take your pick from the list below. (Although, if things are like the aftermath to Lockdown One, the pools probably won't all swing their doors wide open straight away. Do make sure your to check on their websites to see if they're taking bookings before you show up.)
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