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Swimming Pools in London

There are over 100 swimming pools in London from great outdoor pools like the Brockwell park lido, 50m pools like the new Olympic Aquatic Center or Crystal Palace and any number of smaller local pools. Most pools have a separate pool for small children.

Swimming is great exercise for both kids/children and adults be it either recreational or with a swimming club.

Children can normally start swimming lessons from age 3-4 though many pools have parent and baby sessions as well. You can take a baby swimming from a few weeks old though many baby sessions won't accept them under 12 weeks. It is worth noting that the Amateur Swimming Association recommend taking your baby to a heated pool from 6 months old, stating that they can become familiarised with water in the bath at home. Lessons can be booked through the GLL web site.

If you keep your eye out there are usually a number of promotions going on that give you free swim vouchers. An annual or monthly membership can also save you money if you are going to be a regular visitor. These can often cover a number of pools in the same area as well.

Guidelines differ between pools but generally there must be an adult for every two children. Pools with slides may insists on one adult for every child.

Many of the pools also cater for children's birthday water parties.


Tips when taking children swimming
  • When taking very young children swimming you may want to check to see when the pool is busy. Pools can become very busy places in the holidays and other peak times
  • Don't forget swim nappies for small children. You can purchase them at most pools though it is considerably cheaper to by a bulk pack at the supermarket. They can be used for more than one swim as well!
  • If you have very small children it is worth checking if they have baby change facilities.
  • Wearing Flip flops or swim shoes from the changing room to the pool are a good idea to prevent verrucas.
  • Many pools don't lend out arm bands or rubber rings so best to take these with you. Again, these can be purchased at most pools but are cheaper purchased elsewhere.
There are 115 swimming pools in London, so we have grouped them together into the regions of London. See the links below to browse the swimming pools in each region.

Barking and Dagenham

Abbey sports centre (barking)
No details currently available

Barnet

Church farm pool
No details currently available

Bexley

Crook log leisure centre
No details currently available

Brent

Vale farm sports centre
No details currently available

Bromley

Pavilion leisure centre (bromley)
No details currently available

Camden

YMCA (central london)
No details currently available

City of London

Golden lane leisure centre
No details currently available

City of Westminster

Jubilee sports centre (queens park)
No details currently available

Croydon

New addington swimming pools
No details currently available

Ealing

Gurnell pool & leisure centre
No details currently available

Enfield

Southgate leisure centre
No details currently available

Greenwich

Eltham leisure centre
Eltham Leisure Centre - 25 Metre Swimming Pool This is one of the newest centres run by GLL and has a great 25 metre swimming pool, modern gym and ...

Hackney

King's Hall leisure centre
No details currently available

Hammersmith and Fulham

Fulham pools
No details currently available

Haringey

Tottenham green leisure centre
No details currently available

Harrow

Harrow leisure centre
No details currently available

Havering

Central park leisure centre
No details currently available

Hillingdon

Highgrove pool
No details currently available

Hounslow

Hanworth Air Park Leisure Centre
Flume in main pool formerly Feltham Airparcs Leisure Centre.One of West London's finest leisure centres. We are a l...

Islington

Ironmonger row baths
Ironmonger Row Baths is now closed to the public while planned refurbishment works take place. Pleas...

Kensington and Chelsea

Kensington leisure centre
No details currently available

Kingston upon Thames

Malden centre
No details currently available

Lambeth

Streatham leisure centre
No details currently available

Lewisham

Ladywell leisure centre
No details currently available

Merton

Wimbledon leisure centre
No details currently available

Newham

London Aquatics Centre
London Aquatics The stunning Aquatics Centre that was a centrepiece of the 2012 Olympic games is now open to the pub...

Redbridge

Fullwell cross swimming pool & recreation centre
No details currently available

Richmond upon Thames

Teddington pools & fitness centre
No details currently available

Southwark

Peckham pulse healthy living centre
No details currently available

Sutton

Westcroft leisure centre
No details currently available

Tower Hamlets

St George's swimming pools
No details currently available

Waltham Forest

Leyton leisure Centre
Kids Swimming in London - Leyton Leisure Lagoon Leisure pool that has a large shallow section with some small slides that is ideal for young childre...

Wandsworth

Tooting leisure centre
No details currently available

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