Hot & sticky and fancy a swim? London might not have a beach, but there are still plenty of places to enjoy a swim no matter what the weather.
There are some great places to swim outdoors, although you may need to travel a little outside the city centre. On sunny weekends, the lidos can get very busy.
By far the most central location is the Oasis Sports Centre in Covent Garden. Although located outdoors, it is a heated pool, ensuring you have a comfortable swim even on cooler days. Relax on the sun terrace or take an Aquafit class in the adjacent indoor pool.
Enjoy a stroll in Hyde Park and visit some of the famous places nearby such as Kensington Palace. Finish off your visit with a swim in the waters of the Serpentine lake. Beware – the water can be a little cold and you may well find yourself sharing your swim with swans and ducks! Hardy swimmers use this lake all year round, even in the depths of winter. For those who prefer to stay on top of the water, there are pedalos and rowing boats for hire! If you fancy enjoying the sun here for a few hours, you can hire sun loungers or simply spread out your towel on the grass and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Just a short drive from Best Western Hendon Way London, equally popular is a trip up to Hampstead Heath where you can enjoy the superb views across London’s skyline, stroll through the beautiful parkland and admire the numerous ponds scattered across the Heath. Three of these ponds have been specially designated for swimming - one for men, one for women and another for everyone. This is wild swimming in natural surroundings - you can almost forget you are in London!
If you prefer a more conventional swimming pool, head for the nearby Parliament Hill Lido which is also on Hampstead Heath.
Set up a base by checking out some Best western hotels in London for rent, just take the Underground over to Hackney and relax at the London Fields Lido close to pretty wildflower meadow. Situated within a public park is one of London’s most historic outdoor pools having been around since the 1930’s. Long opening hours mean that you can enjoy a pre-breakfast swim as well as after dark since the pool is floodlit.
Head southwards down to Tooting Bec (nearest tube Streatham Park) to enjoy a swim in the largest outdoor pool anywhere in the UK. First opened in 1906, the Tooting Bec Lido is extremely popular and is characterized by its iconic, brightly coloured bathing huts that surround the pool.