5 Best Spots for Outdoor Swimming

By Nikol Stoykova

If you’re spending summer in the city, but you’re dreaming about escaping to a sandy beach and laying all day next to the crystal-clear water, well, the IH Blog has got your back this time too! We might not be able to bring the beach to you, but we were able to do the second-best thing: find some beachy spots for you to enjoy an easy city escape on the hot summer days that are to come. Believe it or not, London is big on outdoor swimming pools and artificial beaches. If you’re not familiar with the term lido, now is the time to get acquainted with it! Lidos are public open-air swimming pools or beaches, and they are all over London! Here is a list of some of the best:

Serpentine Lido, Hide Park

  Image Credit: CC by Serpentine Lido/Google Images

Image Credit: CC by Serpentine Lido/Google Images

The Serpentine Lido is perhaps as central as it gets when it comes to finding a beach in the city. Located in Hyde Park, it is Britain’s oldest swimming pool. For less than £5, you get to enjoy a sun terrace and a whole day of open water swimming. Open in June, July, and August.

Hampstead Heath ponds

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Image Credit: CC by Hampstead Heath ponds/Google Images

If you’re looking for something fit for a tighter budget, then a day spent in the ponds of Hampstead Heath is worth giving a shot! If you missed the wonderful event that was organized by IH a few weeks ago, then now is the time to try it out. Hampstead Heath’s ponds are natural and are gender specific as well as mixed. The water might be chilly, but it sure will be refreshing!

Chesham Heated Open Air Pool

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Image Credit: CC by Chesham Heated Open Air Pool/Google Images

If you fancy something a little less chilly, then you have to check out Chesham Moor Gym & Swim! They offer an open-air pool that even throughout the summer remains electrically heated for maximum pleasure and minimum chill! The pool opens very early and closes late, so you can enjoy beautiful sky views and stay in the water even when it gets chilly after dawn.

Parliament Hill Lido

Located very near Hampstead Heath’s ponds, Parliament Hill lido offers a brisk swim in the stainless steel lined pool that measures 60 m x 28 m. The only one in London, you can enjoy the beautiful metallic shimmer of the water – when it’s not packed with people of course. Open every day of the year, it is the best way to enjoy a fresh swim in the hot summer days!

Neverland London

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Image Credit: CC by Neverland London/Google Images

Of course, we saved the best for last. Neverland is London’s own beach bar near the Thames, complete with a sandy beach, beach huts, and daybeds near the water. It is the closest you can get to a beach experience in an urban setting. Tickets start from a little as £5 and are sure to provide you with the best summer in the city holiday experience!

Regardless of whether you spend your summer on an actual beach somewhere far from the city or busy in the city, we hope you take some well-deserved time for yourself and recharge for the new academic year! The IH Blog wishes you a wonderful summer and hopes to see you soon again in the fall!