Head to Hampton Pool for a dip in the dark.
Those extra few degrees go hand-in-hand with being situated in one of the posher suburbs of outer London: the Hampton neighbourhood also contain Henry VIII’s palace, a temple to Shakespeare and Pink Floyd’s recording studio.
Aside from the elevated temperatures, Hampton Pool has one unique offering that makes it stand out from the crowd – monthly midnight swims by the light of the full moon.
These ‘Moonlight Dips’, which run from 10pm–midnight, are a rare opportunity to splash about beneath the stars in London, and they’re next coming up on June 22 and August 24. Keeping it old-school, you’ll need to call 020 8255 1116 to reserve a place in advance, as they usually sell out.
Otherwise, the 36-metre pool is open seven days a week, 365 days a year, and is fully heated no matter the weather. Christmas Day swim, anybody?
Location: High Street, TW12 2ST
Opening hours: seven days a week. Mon, Wed, Fri: 6am – 9pm. Tue, Thu: 6am-9am, then 12.30pm – 5pm. Sat, Sun: 9am – 5pm.
Price: £5.50 – £7.50, depending on the exact time you go; the moonlight swims are £8.50.
More information: from their website.