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Packed on a sunny day

We visited the mixed ponds. Major issue is just how small the space is on the banks - towels... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2016
Matvl
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Cool spot

Probably avoid on a summers weekend as it will be completely packed but fun. Mid week is cool. It's... read more

Reviewed July 19, 2016
ian m
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Reviewed September 14, 2016

Myself and my girlfriend visited on Tuesday 13th September after reading a story in "swim outdoors" book. We paid £4 on arrival and tried to find a space amongst the beer bottles, left food packaging and cigarette buts. Within 3 minutes two girls approached us...More

Date of experience: September 2016
5  Thank rich b
Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

We visited the mixed ponds. Major issue is just how small the space is on the banks - towels effectively edge to edge across the grass and paving areas. Water is cold but ok and kids need to have an easy swimming test to check...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Probably avoid on a summers weekend as it will be completely packed but fun. Mid week is cool. It's a pond so don't expect anything else.

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank ian m
Reviewed October 15, 2015

Nice place but for me on the day we went there was way too much algae in the water plenty of ducks to keep me company though

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed July 20, 2015

We went here on one of the hottest days of the year --- it was 30+ C. The water was divine, cool enough to be refreshing, but not so much that you had to move around to keep warm; I particularly enjoyed just floating with...More

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is my favourite place for a swim in London. No chlorine and the odd duck swimming past! Need to be able to swim well as there is no bottom to the pond but temperatures in the summer are comparable to local pools so if...More

Date of experience: April 2014
4  Thank Rachel S
Reviewed July 12, 2013

The Hampstead swimming ponds are one of the cities calmest, most pleasant spaces - especially the Ladies pond which is very beautiful. Though swimming in these ponds may not be everybodys cup of tea they have lovely sunbathing areas too. The water can be chilly,...More

Date of experience: July 2013
4  Thank D_E_ROB21
Reviewed August 20, 2012

My sister swims here regularly and i thought she must be mad but i went along last week and had a lovely relaxing outdoor swim. After the initial shock of the cold water it was just so calming swimming leisurely around the pond with the...More

Date of experience: August 2012
3  Thank watsonlodge
Reviewed September 12, 2011

Men's pond has a small area set aside for nude sun bathing, friendly crowd mainly gay. Some really horny guys can get there some days!!!

38  Thank wfc1889
Reviewed March 23, 2011

Three beautiful ponds on Hampstead Heath where you can swim with the ducks and fish. One is ladies only, one is the men's pond and one is mixed.

4  Thank planetrobert
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