Image of the pool of the London Virgin Active gym club with the skyline in the background Swim with a view at this penthouse pool at the Virgin Active gym club. (Credit: Canary Riverside Health Club)

London doesn’t need famous beaches to offer lots of places to go for a dip, from pristine pools to tree-lined lakes, you won’t be far from the water this summer. If you are lucky enough to have a pool in your furnished apartment complex, then swimming for pleasure or fitness may be a part of your daily routine. You can also get passes to pools like the one pictured above, located in a private gym club on the top floor. For the rest of us, it’s a great way to escape every once in a while. There are plenty of places in London that are open to the public where you can relax or work on your technique.

1. Hampstead Swimming Ponds

Image of a Hampstead Heath swimming pond, surrounded by trees The Hampstead swimming ponds are a green slice of nature reachable by Underground.

Hampstead, a former village that is now a peaceful London neighborhood, is well known for the Hampstead Heath, one of the largest green spaces in the urban area. In the summer, it’s also good to know that the park has three ponds where swimming facilities are available: the Ladies’ Pond, the Men’s Pond, and the Mixed Pond. In all of the UK, these are the only open-air swimming facilities open to the public and lifeguarded every day of the year.

Within walking distance (or a quick bus trip), this studio in Hampstead is a good spot to stay. It has all modern furnishings, including a full size bed and a kitchenette, as well as internet access to keep you connected. Best of all, the location—right down the street from the West Hampstead Underground and Overground stations—is both well-connected to and pleasantly calmer than the center of London.

2. Serpentine Lido

Image of people on the edge of the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park, London The city melts away when you’re swimming in the Serpentine Lido!

The Serpentine Lido may sound exotic, but this public swimming area in Hyde Park, one of the best parks in London, is right in the center of the city. Visitors have a choice of spots to head to, including open-water swimming in the snake-shaped lake, sun terrace with sun bathing area, children’s paddling pool and play area and a café. The facilities are open every day in June, July, and August. With its central location, the Serpentine Lido is easily accessible no matter where you are staying in London.

Image of the living room of furnished apartment rental LN-777 Living in Bayswater, you’re just blocks from Hyde Park!

It’s tough to find a nice apartment near top attractions like Hyde Park. Sometimes you can find gems though, like this two bedroom furnished rental, located in Bayswater (on the north side of the park). While being just five minutes from the end of the lake would be great enough, the apartment also has great natural light and its own outdoor space. And that’s on top of amenities like wifi and a flat-screen TV.

3. King’s Cross Pond Club

Image of the King’s Cross Pond Club from above, with trees surrounding the pond Art meets nature with this installation in King’s Cross. (King’s Cross Pond Club)

One of the many things that make London great is its art scene, with innovative artists producing new work in the public sphere. Right in the heart of London’s King’s Cross development is a new work from architects Ooze (Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg) and artist Marjetica Potr?: a natural-looking, artificial pond available for swimming. Ticket prices range from £3.50 to £6.50, but non-swimmers can get a discount, so everyone can visit!

Image of the living room of furnished loft apartment LN-247 Islington has great attractions and lofts like this two bedroom vacation rental.

The British Library, Camden Town, University College London—some of the defining sights of the city—are just down the street from King’s Cross. You can stay in this top London location too, with this two bedroom vacation rental in Islington. The loft-style unit has a wall of windows and a balcony in addition to all the essentials.

4. Brockwell Lido

Image of the Brockwell Lido swimming pool, half in shade Brockwell Lido has more to it than your average neighborhood pool.

Brockwell Lido is home not just to water-bound fun, but also history. The 160-foot pool was first opened in 1937 and closed to the public in 1990. Like many of London’s swimming spaces though, the surrounding community rallied around the pool and it reopened four years later. Now the pool is protected as a Grade II listed landmark, still a great spot to swim after all these years.

Staying in Brockwell, a green area in Greater London, has its advantages. For one, you can enjoy a lack of tourists at public spaces like the Lido. There’s also the cozy charm of the area’s homes, like this two bedroom vacation rental. You can take advantage of its outdoor space around the back of the townhouse-style building, as well as a full kitchen for saving on restaurant money and a washing machine.

5. Parliament Hill

Image of Parliament Hill Lido in Hampstead Heath and the surrounding area Parliament Hill has great views of London, and an ambiance that’ll make you forget you’re in the city!

Located in a subsection of Hampstead Heath known as Parliament Hill Fields, this Lido is a good option for those wary of the Heath’s ponds. The pool is a part of a larger sports facility with tennis courts and a track. Best of all, the location atop one of London’s tallest hills gives you a prime view of the Canary Wharf skyline. Parliament Hill is considered by many the focal point of the whole Heath, so be sure to catch this swimming spot when you’re in the city. If you’re coming to London with family, check out this three bedroom furnished rental. Convenient amenities like a washing machine and wifi will make your stay a breeze!

6. Furnished Apartments with Pools

Image of the pool in the building of furnished studio LN-701 Have your own slice of Westminster by renting a furnished rental with a serene pool.

If you’re looking to stay right in the center of London and get in some laps at the pool while you’re there, consider this furnished studio for rent in Westminster. You’ll have access to sleek amenities, both inside the apartment and at the building’s gym and pool. And you’ll have the comforts of home, no matter how long your stay in Westminster is.

Image of the pool of furnished two bedroom apartment LN-1204 From private swimming spots like this Egyptian-themed apartment pool to public ponds and pools, there are lots of places to swim in London!

Between Waterloo Station and the Thames, nearly within view of the London Eye and Big Ben, you’ll find this two bedroom furnished rental has a spacious feel, lots of windows, and luxury-level building complete with a gym, pool, and roof terrace. There’s lots to love here, not to mention a location that connects you with all the great swimming spots on our list.

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