Swim Dem Crew's Top Swim Spots

Travel Guide to London by Swim Dem Crew
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Swim Dem Crew's Top Swim Spots

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Swim Dem founders, Peigh and Nathanial, give us the low-down on their top swim spots in London. This unique swimming club places emphasis on the power of community, using the sport as a tool for empowerment, as well as an opportunity for some good old-fashioned fun. "London can get you down", says co-founder, Nathaniel Cole, "but Swim Dem can help keep you afloat!"

London Fields Lido

This is the pool where it all began for us five years ago, so it’s gotta go to the top! It’s the perfect location for a quick dip in the Summer or a spot of sunbathing in East.

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London Aquatics Centre

This has been our home for the last two years. We see this pool more than we see our family and to be able to swim in a pool that Olympians regularly grace is pretty special.

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Marshall Street Leisure Centre

Nathaniel’s personal favourite, it’s the only pool we’ve swum in that had marble tiles. MARBLE. You feel like royalty in there even if the cherub statues are a bit weird.

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Crystal Palace National

Peigh’s personal favourite. Its grand design makes it feel like a church, so we call it the cathedral of swimming. You can do every sport here, even beach volley ball.

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Ironmonger Row Baths

This pool is tucked away near Silicon roundabout, but doesn’t disappoint. It’s been refurbished, but still keeps its old wooden viewing seats from 1931 when it was built that just add to its grand aesthetic.

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Brockwell Lido

Brockwell Lido is the perfect pool for summertime. While sunbathing you’ll hear the exercise classes in the background, kids playing and see people eating delicious food at the cafe.

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Kentish Town Sports Center

This pool is spacious and beautiful. Its huge windows let plenty of natural light in that add to the experience. You HAVE to go to Mario’s Cafe for breakfast afterwards. It’s on one of London’s most famous roads because of the colourful houses.

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Parliament Hill Lido

This is the only pool in London made entirely out of metal! In the summertime, you’ll see the sun rays glisten through this metal basin and give you a tan twice as quick.

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York Hall Leisure Center

This is a proper local pool that’s in the need of some TLC, but it does get the job done. Its location is perfect for a Sunday swim followed by breakfast at Cafe 338 and a stroll through Columbia Road Market.

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