Remember when we said the Thames might be getting its own lido? Well, now it might be one step closer to actually happening. Studio Octopi, the architects who came up the plans, have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise £125,000 towards the development. Okay, we admit that jumping into the freezing cold temperatures of the dirty old Thames doesn’t sound that appealing – which is why the fresh water pool will have filtered Thames water that’s warmed all year round. And it isn’t all about swimming either – the project includes plans for a café as well as ‘cine and swim’ nights (which may, or may not mean watching a film while submerged in water).
So far, the campaign has 71 backers and has raised over £4,000 in less than 24 hours. It will run until May 22 and rewards for supporters range from free swims to a behind-the-scenes tour of the site if the project gets the green light. While it might not be quite hot enough for outdoor swimming just yet, the recent sunny spells suggest we are well on our way to summer – so if you fancy a new spot to get your swim on in the capital then find out how you can get involved here.
In the meantime, find out more about London’s lidos and outdoor pools.