There’s An Incredible Swimming Pool Inside A Stunning London Church

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Forget the dream of walking down the aisle, we’re fantasising about swimming down the aisle in this beautiful converted church.

Complete with a 25m swimming pool, you can have a leisurely paddle while you stare at the traditional stained glass windows and impressive wooden ceilings. You’ll quickly master the backstroke, for sure.

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The old confessional box is now a sauna, the altar is a shower, and there is also a steam room and a jacuzzi somewhere within the sacred walls. Not only that but the neighbouring barrel-vaulted recreational hall is now a gym, so we can feel even more saintly as we sweat away our sins.

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The chapel is situated in the grounds of an old psychiatric hospital, but Repton Park is now a gated housing estate full of fancy apartments and rich footballers. It became a health club a while ago but  some people reckon the patients are still lurking about and haunting the premises. Hey, who knows, maybe they’re just big aqua aerobics fans…

Virgin Active, Repton Park, Manor Road, Woodford Green, IG8 8GN. Membership starts at £59 per month (+ joining fee).

🏊🏼 Check out these lovely lidos and outdoor pools in London, for more swimming opportunities. 🏊‍♀️

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.