London’s best outdoor pools to take the plunge in during a heatwave

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Hollie Richardson
London's best outdoor pools and lidos

London is home to plenty outdoor pools and lidos to take refuge in during the UK heatwave. Here are the best ones to dive into…

The heatwave is upon us, folks. With highs of 37°C expected to hit London this week, we’re already dreading those restless nights, sweaty commutes and dressing-for-work dilemmas

But we should at least try to enjoy the blazing heat, right?  It’s the perfect time to finally make use of the city’s vibrant rooftop bars, National Park City green spaces and pretty summer dresses

And, for those in need of some serious refreshment, there are plenty of outdoor pools and lidos in London to take the plunge in.

You just need to know where to find them…

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London Fields Lido

East Londoners can take respite in the 50-metre heated outdoor pool at London Fields Lido. This retro pool has a large sunbathing area, perfect for getting stuck into a good book on in between dips. There’s also a cafe on site that does a really decent falafel wrap. The nearest Overground station is London Fields.

Non-members of Better gyms can book online for £5.10.

Oasis Sports Centre, Holborn

Perfect for people looking for a quick dip after work in the middle of London, Oasis Sports Centre offers central London’s only heated outdoor 25-metre swimming pool. There’s also an indoor one, in case it gets busy. The café also sometimes puts on live music and you can take advantage of the decking area for some serious sun bathing. The nearest Underground is Covent Garden. 

Non-members of Better gyms can book online for £6.15.

Shoreditch House Rooftop Pool in London
Shoreditch House Rooftop Pool in London

Shoreditch House

Members of private members club Shoreditch House are lucky enough to have access to the incredible rooftop pool. If you know a member, they are allowed to bring one guest at a time to the pool. Make sure that guest is you. The nearest Overground station is Shoreditch High Street. 

Find out more information here

Tooting Bec in South London.
London’s outdoor swimming pools: Tooting Bec in South London.

Tooting Bec Lido

South London is home to the biggest outdoor freshwater pool UK (and the second largest in Europe). Tooting Bec’s 90-metre pool will give you a serious workout, or you can sit back and admire the colourful huts that line the pool – making it a perfect Instagram shot. The nearest Underground station is Tooting Bec. 

Non-members of Places Leisure can buy tickets online for £7.70 before 6 pm or £4.70 afterwards. 

Swimming in Hampstead Ponds in London is a must-do. 

Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds

Go wild by jumping into one of the ponds at Hampstead Heath. You can enjoy the peace of the Ladies Pond or join the vibrant crowds at the Mixed Pond. Swimming in the open water, which is lined by towering trees and the surrounding hills, really is an exhilarating London experience. The nearest Overground station is Hampstead Heath. 

Entry is £2 per person, you can find more information here

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And who can forget the world’s first 360° infinity pool which is meant to be coming to London next year? Until then, go forth and make a splash at the city’s most beloved swimming spots. 

Images: Getty and Shoreditch house


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