Our tips for making the most of London’s outdoor swimming pools
Desperate to take a dip 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.
Hampstead Heath bathing ponds are the big name on the list. One of London's favourite swimming destinations, they're also known for being mobbed in summer. Our top tip for timings? As ever, the early bird gets the worm: head to Hampstead at 7:00 for smooth sailing. Alternatively, you can buy a season ticket here and soak up September's rays after fair-weather swimmers have departed.