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Hampstead Heath Mixed Bathing Pond

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Hampstead Heath Mixed Bathing Pond

KidRated’s Hampstead Heath Bathing Pond Top Tips:

  • Best for kids & teens: Visit Hampstead Heath Mixed Bathing Pond late summer for the highest water temperatures
  • Best for parents: Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Top tip: Competent swimmers only – the water is deep!

Dive into the refreshing waters of the Hampstead Heath Mixed Bathing Pond. This enchanting open-air pond, surrounded by lush greenery, offers a unique swimming experience right in the heart of London. It’s a perfect place for parents and their kids to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a day in nature.


The pond, originally a reservoir for drinking water, is now a delightful spot for both avid swimmers and casual dippers. Although the water can be a bit chilly at first, it’s wonderfully invigorating once you get moving. The area around the pond is just as inviting, with plenty of space to sunbathe, relax, and enjoy a picnic with the family.


Of course, safety is paramount here, with lifeguards on duty daily to ensure everyone’s well-being. In addition,  younger swimmers have to complete a swim test to guarantee they can handle the water confidently. And rest assured, the water quality is top-notch, tested weekly to meet health standards.


So, pack your swim gear, grab a towel, and head to Hampstead Heath’s Mixed Bathing Pond for a splash of adventure and a dash of tradition in one of London’s most scenic spots!


The water temperature is regularly tweeted on X.

There are plenty of other things to do on Hampstead Heath.


 Booking Advice:

  • No need to book
  • If capacity is reached entrance to the ponds will be managed at the gates
  • Suitable for age 8+
  • Accessible facilities including a hoist are being constructed. Visit the website for info.



Staff Yard
Highgate Road


Daily 7am-8.45pm May to mid-Sept. Swimmers must vacate the water 15 minutes before closing.

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7485 5757


Opening hours:

7am-8.45pm May to mid-Sept. Swimmers must vacate the pond 15 minutes before closure.

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.

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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