Last Updated on January 4, 2024 by Louise
Looking for the best venues for cold water swimming in London?
Discover ten cold water swimming spots which include both heated and unheated lidos, and open water swimming venues where you can experience the thrill of winter outdoor swimming in London.
Parliament Hill Lido
Perched on the edge of Hampstead Heath, Parliament Hill Lido first opened in 1938 and is open 365 days of the year. It's unheated so brace yourself for a cold dip.
It's run by the Parliament Hill Lido Users Group and is open between 7am and midday during the winter season.
Tooting Bec Lido
South London's crown jewel, the Tooting Bec Lido, boasts the title of the UK's largest outdoor lido. Dive into its chilly depths, and you'll be sharing the water with the South London Swimming Club, a community that organizes events and fosters a love for cold water swimming.
London Royal Docks
Love Open Water Swimming run open water swimming sessions at the scenic and historic London Docks. Swimmers need to become a member of NOWCAbefore they swim which is £15 per year and allows you to swim at 40 different venues across the UK (including at Canary Wharf London - which is open in the summer months)
Beckenham Place Park Lake
Beckenham Place Park, located in the London Borough of Lewisham, has London’s first purpose-built swimming lake
It's approximately 285 meters long and reaches depths of up to 385 metres.
Open water swimming sessions are run by Ptp coaching. Book here. It's also the home of Beckenham Bobbers, a friendly and inclusive swimming group.
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