The Best Paddling Pools & Outdoor Water Fun in London


If you’re searching for some splashing outdoor fun to fill up the summer break; a quick dip with your young adventurer is brilliant! Whilst spending time outside in the potentially sunny British weather, you can teach your young ones the swimming basics. Swimming is beneficial for safety, physical health, cardiovascular exercise, emotional health and keeping your child relaxed. Read on to find out our London swimming hotspots!

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Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds and Lido
Reviewed as “one of the best outdoor pools in London”, take a trip to the historical Hampstead Heath, here you can find a mix of wet water activities. Enjoy the enormous outdoor pool or the shallow paddling pool – perfect for the younger splasher, ready to test out their new found swimming skills. The Lido is open 7 days a week, 07:00am – 8:30pm and prices may vary.

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Hyde Park Lido and Paddling Pool
The “Serpentine Lido” has been a Londoner’s escape for over 100 years! What better place to take your young one for their first swim? The Lido has a dedicated, exclusive children’s play safe pool and area, complete with a sand pit, climbing frame and bouncy toys. Once they are confident pull up a deck chair and sun bath by the water right in the centre of London. Perfect.

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Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park
The fountain isn’t deep enough to swim through but still an amazing place to explore on a summers day – especially with children! The stone river bed holds a splashing stream of water which flows and circulates up and down and is collected into a lower pool. Explorers are encouraged to dip their toes into the water for a really refreshing treat!

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Causton Street Playground, Pimlico
Tucked away just behind the Tate Britain the Causton Street Playground! This is one of London’s best kept secrets and is a truly wonderful place for your youngster to explore. Along with an enormous sand pit, well-built climbing frames, is also a well maintained and clean outdoor paddling pool. Your adventurer will waddle through the water but is also a great central spot to introduce younger children to water.

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The Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington
This free Museum is open 7 days a week and is adored by children all over London. After enjoying some high quality craft activities cool off in the courtyard and take a dip in the paddling pool. With changing facilities available on site, the V & A is great place for a full day of activities, providing the perfect answer to banish the summer boredom.