With the recent torrential downpours and brollies fighting a losing battle with 70mph winds, it’s fair to say that stripping down to an itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny bikini and going for a dip in an outdoor pool hasn’t been at the forefront of most Londoners’ minds. But that’s not stopping our intrepid Mayor, who’s looking into the idea of an open-air swimming pool in the Thames. It’s been announced that BoJo has released £40,000 worth of funding to see if the project is feasible and more plans are set to be announced next month.
Sure, swimming in the Serpentine is one thing but the Thames?! If you’re feeling a tad sceptical about the idea of splashing around in our big old river (and remain haunted by tales of stomach upsets, rats and who knows what else floating around in there), you’ll be pleased to know that proposed improvements are part of the plan by architects Studio Octopi for the lido near Blackfriars.
Anyone who remembers how successful lidos have been over previous summers – with city dwellers sometimes queuing for hours on scorching days to have a paddle – may have something to look forward to if the plans are given the go ahead. Watch this space.
Other cities where you can swim in the rivers:
Copenhagen - Islands Brygge
Stockholm – all over the city!
Find more of London ‘s Lidos and outdoor pools.