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Published on : Friday, November 18, 2016
Those looking out for off-the-beat ways to relax in the British capital, here is for you to know that there are many ways to enjoy the water in London. Relax on a lake in a rowing boat; or in summer, take a refreshing dip in one of the city’s outdoor swimming pools or London lidos.
For boating in London, you can visit Hyde Park which houses the Serpentine Lake. Hire a pedalo or rowing boat to relax on the water. Boating on the Serpentine is open from Easter until late October.
Another option is Regent Park where Boat hire is available daily from April through to September.The rest of the year, it’s a lovely spot to walk or cycle.
You can rent boats in Battersea Park during July and August to row or pedal round the lake (and at weekends in September if the weather’s good). Look out for herons, grebes and cormorants.
For outdoor swimming in London, there are three freshwater bathing pools on Hampstead Heath. hese beautiful ponds attract thousands each summer, and even a few brave swimmers throughout winter! There is one pond for mixed bathing and separate ponds for male and female swimmers. Swimmers must be aged eight and over and may be required to take a short swimming test to prove their competence. For younger swimmers or those who don’t feel confident enough to tackle the ponds, there is also an unheated lido and paddling pool on nearby Parliament Hill Fields.
Then there’s London Fields Lido, a heated 50-metre outdoor pool. The temperature is maintained at a comfortable 25C (77F) all year round so it’s generally open whatever the weather.
Swim in chemical-free water in London’s first man-made natural bathing pond, at Kings Cross. Special submerged plants and wetland plants are present to purify and filter the water at Of Soil and Water: Kings Cross Pond Club; while swimming is timed sessions to enable the water to stay fresh. Facilities are kept simple to match the natural elements of the pool but there is a viewing platform for non-swimmers to enjoy.