It’s great news for sun worshippers, but Britain wasn’t built to withstand such heat, so we need to find ways to cool down, whether that’s putting up a paddling pool or heading to one of our beautiful outdoor swimming areas.
Although London is a built-up metropolis, there are little pockets of space where you can relax and unwind dotted around the city.
From lidos to wild swimming, we’ve rounded up the top places to go swimming outdoors in the capital.
Always check the website before heading to the pools, and continue to follow restrictions where they’re in place.
If you want a wild swimming experience without having to head to the countryside, try Hampstead Heath Ponds.
Split between mixed, and men’s and women’s ponds, you’ll encounter ducks and hardened swimmers, given the water can often go below 10C.
Make sure you go to the lifeguarded ponds, as all swimming in the non-lifeguarded ones is currently not allowed.
Tickets are £4.00 for adults and £2.40 for concessions for 60 minutes of swimming.
Nestled in the corner of Brixton’s Brockwell Park, this lido is truly stunning on a warm day.
The 50m Olympic-sized pool sits beside an art deco building, with a great café where you can refuel after a swim.
The largest green space in Lewisham has refilled its swimming pond, in a first for decades.
Although you’ll get the feel of wild swimming, lifeguards are on hand to ensure everything is safe, and you can hire kayaks or paddle boards at certain times too.
50-minute swimming sessions cost £5 (£6 for non Lewisham residents) for adults and £3 (£3.50 for non Lewisham residents) for children. Book ahead here.
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