With all the warm weather we’ve been experiencing lately, it’s important to know where to go to cool off. Swimming outside is always a good option; you’re exposed to the great outdoors, you get to lie in the sun to dry off and you can have a poolside drink too.
While London has plenty of lidos and public outdoor pools, sometimes you want something a little more private. Rooftop pools in London hotels are few and far between, but here are three where you can have a dip and enjoy some excellent views at the same time.
Private members club Shoreditch House, where you can lay your head in one of the adjoining Shoreditch Rooms, boasts a pool on the roof. Open to members of the club and guests at the rooms, the pool is open all year round and fully heated. At a nice 16 metres, it’s long enough to do some invigorating laps. Early risers can swim from 7am and night owls can sneak in until 10pm, but children are only allowed in until noon. Changing rooms, daybeds with umbrellas and blankets and a bar are all available for guests.
The Berkeley‘s rooftop swimming pool is well known, affording views across Hyde Park and Knightsbridge.
You can rest on a sun lounger when you’re not splashing about, or in the rooftop solarium courtyard, and enjoy some drinks and nibbles from the Spa Menu. Open seven days a week all year round, there are children’s hours every day, and you can even book a personal training session if you so wish. And because this is England, the pool can also be covered with a roof when the weather’s less than desirable.
Lastly, the Four Seasons Canary Wharf’s rooftop pool isn’t quite so open to the elements, but has great views nonetheless.
From the full-length windows, you’ll see the Thames to one side and landscaped gardens to the other. At 20 metres, it’s bigger than Shoreditch House’s and twice the size of The Berkeley’s. Children’s hours are restricted to 9-11am, but most days you can have a grown-up paddle between 6am and 10.30pm. You may not technically be outside, but with all the sunshine that’s sure to stream in through the windows and the spectacular views, it does come close.
So if you’re looking for a holiday where you can take a dip in an outdoor pool, look no further than London – just make sure you don’t forget to pack your swimming costume!
Photo credits: Shoreditch House, The Berkeley, Four Seasons Canary Wharf.