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For decades, south Londoners have had to trek north of the river in order to enjoy a taste of fresh water swimming without leaving the city. But as of this July, they might find themselves heading in the other direction thanks to renovations which have transformed a Georgian lake in Lewisham’s Beckenham Place Park into a swimming destination.
The lake is around 285 metres long, 48 metres wide and 3.5 metres deep at its centre. The renovations included fitting the lake with an aeration system, a sandy beach to wade in from and a jetty for those feeling brave enough to jump. A café is being built a stone’s throw from the lake, and plans are also underway for the lake to play home to a programme of water sports. As of yet, there are no permanent changing facilities on the site.