This building is more akin to a royal banqueting hall than a swimming pool, with a high vaulted ceiling and oodles of natural light which make it a pleasant place to do a few lengths. Thoroughly modernised, the 25-metre pool is evenly split between lane and casual swims. There’s a plethora of daily classes, including Aqua Fit in the main pool, or yoga and circuits in the studios. And if all that physical exercise gets too exhausting, you can relax in the steam room or sauna.
It’s different strokes for different folks when it comes to swimming in London. Exercise fiends can rack up the lengths in the London Aquatics Centre to make them feel like olympians, while fairweather doggy-paddlers have an array of heated lidos to choose from.
Our list of London’s best swimming pools features excellent local leisure centres, central London gems and everyone’s go-to for a chilly ‘wild’ swim in the city, Hampstead Ponds.
Nowadays, you will probably have to book your slot in advance, and there may be new rules and systems in place, so get planning your next dip.
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