Swimming in West Central London
Whether you're looking to swim yourself fit or simply escape the summer heat, nothing beats a refreshing dip in the open air. Luckily, London has loads of options for front-crawlers and pool-posers alike, with open-air facilities in every corner of the city.
London has lots of local swimming pools and baths that are open to the public all year round. There are also plenty of outdoor options including lidos and ponds, of which many, but not all, are closed during the cooler months.
London’s outdoor swimming venues have witnessed resurgence in recent years, with old favorites receiving costly refurbishments and last year's opening of a new venue in the shadow of King's Cross Station. There was even talk last year of constructing a bathing pond in the Thames at Victoria Embankment.
At Covent Garden Fitness & Wellbeing Gym there’s a selection of group exercise classes to suit your every need, from the initial 'getting started' class through to Express Kettlebells and for yoga fans there’s Yoga Vinyasa and Yoga Hatha too.
Oasis Sports Centre, located in the heart of the West End, close to Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Covent Garden, offers Central London’s only heated outdoor swimming pool, as well as a 140 station gym with dedicated functional fitness training zone, three squash courts, and two exercise studios hosting a range of fitness classes such as Yoga, Pilates, Group Cycle, Power Pump, Water Workout and Rebounding.
YMCA Club’s 25m heated swimming pool is Central London largest indoor pool. The multi-lane pool caters for all swimming abilities – with designated slow, medium and fast lanes ensuring you can swim at a pace that suits you.