The best of London’s outdoor swimming pools
Advance booking is now essential, but at least we can still cool off in many of London’s outdoor swimming pools, ponds and lakes. From Hampstead Ponds to Brockwell Park Lido, here's where to swim outside in London this summer.
Opening times are likely to differ, so check with venues before visiting.
Brockwell Lido delivers a scenic and multisensory swimming experience; with Grade II-listed art deco architecture, and an award-winning café (recently taken over by pizza mini-chain 400 Rabbits), a refreshing dip is only part of this pool’s appeal.
Usually swarming with splashing swimmers and teens lounging around the water's edge, this summer you can look forward to gliding through a far calmer pool. Take note: visiting is offered in strict 50-minute windows and it's al fresco 'beach changing' only for now.