London's frenetic cityscape is home to a surprising number of large and inviting swimming pools. And the best of these can be found in five-star hotels.
From The Berkeley's rooftop mosaic-tiled design overlooking Hyde Park to The Rembrandt's Romanesque affair, these venues offer a level of luxury and indulgence you just won't find at your local leisure centre.
This ambiance comes at a considerable price for non-hotel guests, but it may be worth paying on the odd occasion for the space and calm to swim in, plus extras such as massage jets, scented candles and fluffy white dressing gowns.
Treat yourself to our pick of London's most indulgent pools, with a few more budget-friendly options thrown in too, for good measure.
This retractable rooftop pool is the stuff of dreams, with iridescent white and gold mosaic tiling and a nearby secret garden full of scented blooms. On the 7th floor of the hotel, it boosts views over Hyde Park and beyond. The pool is for use of guests and members only, but it is possible to buy a pass for the day on request.
Monday to Friday 6am-10pm and weekends 7am-9pm, the-berkeley.co.uk
Grange Holborn Hotel
This invitingly scenic pool can be found in the centre of the West End, a 10-minute walk from Covent Garden. It’s located in the hotel’s Ajala Spa which is free of charge to use for guests.
Monday to Friday 6.30am-10pm, Saturdays 7am-10pm and Sundays 8am-9pm grangehotels.com
There is little not to love about The Rembrandt’s showpiece swimming pool, heated to a balmy 32°C. Access to the hotel’s Aquilla Health and Fitness spa includes the sauna, steam bath, gym and any exercise classes as well as the pool. The club is open to hotel guests at a discounted rate of £7.50 per day.
Monday to Friday 7am–10pm and weekends 8am–8pm rembrandthotel.com
The Landmark London
This 15-metre chlorine free swimming pool offers a tranquil retreat in the heart of Marylebone. A £45 day pass will buy you entrance to the pool, along with the steam rooms, Jacuzzi, gymnasium and sanarium.
Monday to Friday 6:30am - 10pm and weekends 7am-9pm landmarklondon.co.uk
The Langham London
Once upon a time, The Langham’s 16-metre basement pool was a bank vault. Those with a membership can admire its majestic structure as they pound the lengths, and indulge in a free £90 treatment.
Monday to Friday 6am-10pm and weekends 7am-8pm langhamhotels.co.uk
Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa
This lovely indoor pool is available for guests to use free of charge and includes your own fluffy dressing gown, slippers and access to the hotel steam room, sauna and relaxation area.
Monday to Friday 7.30am-8pm and weekends 8.30am-8pm, pestana.com
A low-lit, intimate affair surrounded by marble heated loungers and private sleep pods, the pool at Corinthia London is a work of art. You can purchase day spa packages which will give you access to the rest of the hotel’s four-level spa including a vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, a thermal suite floor and a cutting-edge gym.
Open Monday to Friday 6:30am-10pm and weekends 7:30am-10pm corinthia.com
St. Giles Hotel
Guests at St. Giles Hotel have access to the 25-metre indoor swimming pool that belongs to the adjacent YCMA gym. It’s one of the largest pools in central London, with plenty of room to ease aching muscles.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 6.30am–8.30pm. Wednesday and Friday, 6.30am=10pm. Weekends 10am-6.30pm stgiles.com