Santa splash! Christmas and Boxing Day morning outdoor swims in London... December 24 2015, 0 Comments
Start a new festive tradition with a Christmas or Boxing Day morning splash at one of these three London outdoor pools. Santa hats optional!
Head down to Hampton Pool for a festive dip before you attack the Turkey this Christmas Day. Located on the outskirts of Royal Bushy Park, this huge outdoor pool is heated to tropical 28 degrees and open every Christmas Day morning! Santa himself will be there, fresh from his all-nighter delivering pressies across the land (perhaps doing a few laps before heading back to lapland). Plus, the cafe is serving up a festive fare of mulled wine, bucks fizz and salmon and scrambled eggs! Could this be the best start to Christmas there ever was?
South West London / Surrey | Christmas Eve 6am-2pm, Christmas Day 8am - 12 noon, Boxing Day 8am - 2pm. New Year's Day 8am-2pm. No Booking Required, peak prices apply £7.10 for adults and £4 for juniors | Call 020 8255 1116
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Hampstead Heath Ponds
For those with a competitive nature, brace yourselves for the annual Christmas Day swimming race at Hampstead Heath Ponds! With temperatures of around 5-9 degrees celsius, you have to be a brave sort with experience of open water swimming at these sorts of temperatures. Still, you'll be joined by around a hundred other swimmers, who take part in this traditional Christmas morning 40 yard dash organised by The Highgate Lifebuoys swimming club. It's not for the faint hearted but it's a lot of fun all kicked off by a rendition of Hark the Herald Angels on the bugle! Don't fancy the freeze? Take some mince pies and a thermos of mulled wine and watch the fun from the banks!
North London | Christmas Day. No Booking Required. Arrive for 10.45am. Ladies race first at 11am, followed by All comers and then the club race. All races take part in the Men's pond and access is via Millfield Lane.
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London Fields Lido
Work off the excesses of Christmas Day with a Boxing Day morning dip at our favourite London Lido! An Olympic sized 50m heated pool located in London Fields, Hackney. Carry on the festivities with complimentary mulled wine and mince pies supplied by the Hoxton Beach Cafe, plus a raffle to win 6 months membership to give those new year's resolutions a kickstart. We feel a new Christmas tradition coming on!
East London | London Fields Lido Christmas Eve 8am-3pm | Boxing Day lunchtime swim, 10am - 12pm, £4.80. Tickets available from reception on the day | call 020 7254 9038
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