The Best Public Pools in London


When the weather heats up in London, like any city it can become hot and sticky; public transport buses and train carriages get hot, parks are busy and the buildings and vehicles reflect heat. The city might not have its own golden beach but it has the next very best thing! There is one way that is sure to cool you off in seconds – heading to a public pool for a refreshing city dip. London is home to a number of great public pools, some of which are outdoors, and visitors will never find themselves short of somewhere to go for a swim.

When you do start looking for the best places to go swimming in London, you’ll realise that you’re spoilt for choice. There are incredible outdoor lidos, Olympic-sized indoor pools and relaxing public pools where you can simply drift and splash to your heart’s content. Here are some of the best public pools in London, all within easy reach of our M by Montcalm Hotels:

Tooting Bec Lido

Tooting Bec Lido is a firm favourite among those looking for a swim in the great outdoors. It is the largest freshwater pool in England and it is situated among beautiful trees; so you’ll quickly forget you’re still in the heart of a busy city. Tooting Bec Lido is the perfect place to go with children thanks to its great facilities and ample size.

Nuffield Health Shoreditch

If you are looking for a public pool near to M By Montcalm Hotels, head to the Nuffield Health swimming pool in Shoreditch. It’s a short distance away from the hotel and offers everything you need in a public pool; warm water, beautiful facilities and a tranquil place to swim.


Hampstead Heath Ponds

For those looking for a slightly different public swimming experience head to Hampstead Heath Ponds, an open water swimming spot. Located in London’s famous Hampstead Heath, the Hampstead Heath Ponds were originally clay pits but they have now been turned into an idyllic public swimming location for visitors and locals. There are three public pools here; one for women, one for men and one for mixed groups. Hampstead Heath Ponds is easy to get to from most places in London, so if you’re staying at the M By Montcalm Hotels you needn’t travel too far.

Oasis Sports Centre

The Oasis Sports Centre in Covent Garden is a great central London find. The open-air heated pool and sun terrace makes it a popular place to head for a daytime swim, and many visitors will spend the entire day here in the summer months whilst taking advantage of the on-site refreshment bar. As it can be too busy to get a workout in, the Oasis Sports Centre is best suited for a casual splash or to hang out with friends.

As you can see, London is home to some great public pools and there’s something for everyone. So, when you’re visiting the city and fancy a dip, there’s sure to be somewhere that ticks all the boxes.