Our tips for making the most of London’s outdoor swimming pools
Desperate to take a dip this long, hot summer but unable to face toddlers, teenagers and inconsiderate backstrokers? Skip the queues and secure the deck chairs with our top tips on how to really enjoy London’s best outdoor swimming spots.
From hidden gems to the best times to visit popular spots, we’ve got you covered for ways to beat the heat and the crowds this summer.
Go big or go home: the UK’s biggest swimming pool is open for business. With its Crayola-bright changing room doors and azure waters, Tooting Bec is the quintessential London lido. But that doesn’t have to mean lukewarm water and wall-to-wall pool noodles; the lido is unheated, so it’s perfect for the very hottest days. Visitors arriving before 10:00 or after 18:00 have the best chance of enjoying a long lap or two.