London’s Best Outdoor Swimming Pools and Lidos

There’s no better way to enjoy sunny days in London than with a spot of al fresco swimming! Whether you’re looking for family-friendly fun or an alternative way to stay active during your holiday, here’s our guide to the city’s most stellar outdoor swimming spots and lidos.

Serpentine Lido

Early summer mornings in London call for sharing a dip with local ducks and swans at Serpentine Lido. Located in Hyde Park, the Serpentine Lido is also the UK’s oldest open-water swimming location offering scenic views of the park’s lush greenery and wildlife. From June to September, book a relaxing full-day or morning and afternoon swim session and later, enjoy a post-swim meal at our exquisite Hyde Park Hotel restaurant.

Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds

One of the most picturesque outdoor swimming spots in London, Hampstead Heath swimming ponds are set amongst 800 acres of scenic parkland area. Three ponds including one for women, men and mixed groups open every day of the week for anyone looking to take a cold-water swim. Tickets are sold in slots at the start of every week, so make sure your finger’s on the buzzer!

Parliament Hill Lido

Parliament Hill Lido is one of London’s biggest unheated pools suitable for an open-air swim for both adults and kids. It features a stainless-steel pool liner that gives the water a metallic shimmer and a paddling pool for kids under the age of five. Post your swim, take a walk-up Parliament Hill for the best views of the city, and then enjoy a wholesome dining experience at The Grand Restaurant Paddington.

Oasis Sports Centre

Enjoy a fun-filled open-air swim at the oh-so-popular Oasis Sports Centre, located minutes away from your luxury accommodation in Kensington. This 27.5-metre expanse of clear blue water in Camden is perfect for swimmers of all abilities. The Swim for All sessions make for a great choice if you are looking to work on your strokes or simply enjoy a sunny day swim with your family and friends. The outdoor heated pool is surrounded by patio areas, a sunbathing deck, and a sauna for added relaxation before or after your swim.

London Royal Docks 

Swim with the most incredible views of London city at the Royal Docks. It is one of the most scenic open-water swimming venues in the world and provides a unique experience to swimmers of all ages. There’s a separate marked area if you are trying open-water swimming for the first time and an elaborate safety tagging system for swimmers to ensure a safe and enjoyable swim.

Nothing beats the refreshing thrill of an open-air swim! And if you are in London for a summer holiday, you’re sure to be spoilt with choice when choosing the perfect outdoor swimming experience.

From iconic lidos to calming wildlife swimming spots, enjoy easy access to it all with a stay at our ideally located hotels in the heart of the city. All you need to do is join the Premier Inn Rewards Club membership and enjoy exclusive privileges like free night stays and complimentary room upgrades for an elevated London visit. So, take your pick of the best open-air swimming experience near you, don your finest swimwear, and prepare to plunge into the chilly waters!

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