Swimming has numerous health benefits, from a healthy heart and lungs to improved strength, flexibility and stamina. It’s also an important life skill and one that your child is never too young to enjoy.
Queen Mother Sports Centre - 223 Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1This sports centre boasts two pools, a 25 meter one for older or more competent swimmers, and a smaller leisure pool. The leisure pool has a moveable floor so that the depth can be adjusted to suit the group that’s using it, and also a rather super water slide. There are regular sessions for the under-3s, recreational swimming and lessons, and the leisure pool is available for party hire 2-4pm at weekends. There’s also a crèche that is open from 10am to midday Monday to Thursday, so that you have the opportunity to have a swim yourself whilst the kids are in safe hands.
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Porchester Centre - Queensway, Bayswater, W2 5HSThis sports centre has three pools – the main pool, a training pool and a teaching pool. There is a range of sessions for all ages, including Family Swims at the weekends, and swimming lessons. The training pool is available for private hire on Sundays between 6 and 7pm.
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Seymour Leisure Centre - Seymour Place, W1HSituated in the heart ofLondon, a stone’s throw fromEdgware Road, Marylebone,Baker Streetand Marble Arch, this leisure centre has one pool with a range of sessions on offer, such as family swimming from 2-5pm on a Saturday and Sunday. You can also hire the pool for parties, but don’t sleep in or you’ll miss it - the available times are 7-8.30am on a Saturday and the marginally more civilised 8-10am on a Sunday. Definitely for the early risers and their friends!
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Jubilee Sports Centre - Caird St, W10There’s one pool with a range of sessions such as lane swimming and public swimming, although no specific family or parent and baby slots. However, if you fancy a dip without the kids, there is a crèche available from 10am to 11.55am Monday to Friday, so you can relax and take some exercise while the kids are cared for.
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Serpentine Lido - Hyde Park, London
For hardy types – and their kids – who like to swim outdoors, why not try out theLido? It’s been a well-loved hangout for Londoners for over 100 years, and preserves its unique atmosphere to this day. There are deckchairs for hire, so you can relax whilst the children splash around. The main swimming area is only for those who can swim competently, but there’s a child-safe paddle pool and a children’s playground, along with toilets and changing facilities. During the summer months, it’s open from 10am to 5.30pm daily.
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