From next year, you can dip your toes in Lewisham’s lovingly restored swimming lake.
Summer’s here, and the time is right for a dip in the waters of London. So we’re welcoming the news that Lewisham is getting a charming new spot in which to bathe. The Georgian swimming lake at the heart of Beckenham Place Park is set for a full restoration after receiving a £440,000 grant from City Hall, and from spring 2019, you’ll be able to grab your cozzie and dive on in.
The restored lake will be a haven for anyone who loves wild swimming (also popular in the Serpentine), or just wants to get up close with the ducks. It will also be opening for kayaking, although presumably they’ll have measure in place to prevent swimmers getting clonked on the head by oars. And best of all, it’ll come in handy when those pesky summer heatwaves roll around, as they are wont to do.
This grant comes as part of Sadiq Khan’s plans to turn London into the world’s first National Park City. It supports a multi-million lottery grant that’s currently renovating Beckenham Place Park. In addition to the swimming lake, the redevelopment includes the planting of thousands of new trees, enhancing a nature reserve and wet woodland area, and improving gardens. The park is also getting a volunteering centre, BMX track and skate park, and upgraded footpaths. You can check out the full masterplan here. You go, Lewisham!