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Hampstead Heath Mixed Bathing Pond

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Hampstead Heath Mixed Bathing Pond

KidRated’s Hampstead Heath Mixed Bathing Pond Top Tips:

  • Visit in late summer for the highest pond temperatures
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Competent swimmers only – the water is deep!

The Hampstead Heath Mixed Bathing Pond is a magical, open-air swimming pond that has been around over 200 years and is surrounded with flourishing wildlife. Originally a reservoir for drinking water, this mixed pond may be a bit chilly when you first jump in but you’ll learn to love the water once you’ve warmed up by swimming around a bit.


Surrounding the ponds is a beautiful site, where you can relax with your friends and family, sunbathe or enjoy a picnic. There are lifeguards on duty every day so it is perfectly safe. In addition, the water is tested weekly for cleanliness.


If you go to the pool on a nice day water temperatures may reach as high as 20°C. Let this fresh splash of life help you reconnect with nature! Thick-skinned locals are said to visit the ponds daily, come rain, shine or even snow. Every Christmas Day, swimming races take place in the ponds continuing the yuletide tradition that has been carried out every year since 1895.


If you want to know more about the Hampstead Heath Ponds, there’s a great documentary called The Ponds that might take your fancy. Get it here!

 Booking Advice:

  • Booking is not required
  • Day tickets cost £1 for kids and £2 for adults
  • It will be busy on hot summer days



Staff Yard
Highgate Road


Daily 7am-6.45pm May to mid-Sept. Swimmers must vacate the water 15 minutes before closing.

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7485 5757


Opening hours:

7am-6.45pm May to mid-Sept

Useful information:

Outdoor mixed bathing for competent swimmers only. No children under 8, under-16s only with an accompanying adult, will need to pass a swimming test.

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Teen Verdict

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This is such a great spot in London in summer. I know people swim here all year round but I’m not sure I could brave that yet. When I went in summer it was quite packed 9(or good reason) so bare that in mind. It’s such a great place to hang with friends and, with summer’s getting hotter and hotter, I loved cooling off in the pond. Remember that you’ve got to be 16 or up to get in with adults.

Parent Point of View

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Laura Porter

  • There’s no shallow end, and nowhere to put your feet down, so only take strong swimmers.
  • It’s cold but get swimming and it feels great.
  • Don’t swim out to the open if you are getting weary as it’s more tiring than you think to swim back.
  • The lifeguards are often moving about the pond on stand-up paddle boards so don’t get in their way.

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