Wimbledon may have been attracting visitors since the Iron age when the hill fort on Wimbledon Common is said to have been built, but residents have to venture a little further to find the ultimate in outdoor stress relief.
Since 1987, when Robert Holmes & Co started to successfully market some of the finest residential property in south-west London and Surrey, we have noted the property purchasers become more active in the summer months as warm days and lighter nights encourage more people to step up their search for a new home.
We also understand that selling property can be a stressful experience. This is why we handle every aspect of the process. From advertising your house or flat in the local area and on national property websites to holding accompanied viewings and keeping you fully informed at every stage of the conveyancing period, exchange of contracts and completion of the sale.
Temperatures in London are set to hit 28C (and hopefully higher) this week, according to BBC TV weather presenter Carol Kirkwood. So what better way to take the stress out of selling a home than to escape out for the day and take a dip in an outdoor swimming pool?
Here, we seek out the pools that are closest to south-west London before running through your options in the centre of the city.
Hampton Open Air Pool, High Street, Hampton, TW2
In two acres of woodland on a corner of Bushey Park, this pool is 36m long, has two bumpy slides, a paddling pool and a large grassed area to picnic and soak up the sun. And better than the fact it’s less than four miles from Kingston-upon Thames is it’s heated to 28C and is open all year round. Just beware, the pool is not accessible from Bushey Park and the car park has a limited number of spaces.
Tooting Bec Lido, Tooting Bec Road SW16
Less than five miles from Wimbledon Common and 90m long, this is the largest freshwater open air pool in England. Flanked by primary-coloured changing cubicles, it is over 100 years old and the base for the South London Swimming Club and the home of cold-water swimming in the UK.
Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road SW24
In a Grade II-listed art deco building at the heart of Brockwell Park, this pool – which is about seven-and-a-half miles from Wimbledon Common – also features an award-winning café. Brockwell Lido reopened in 1994, four years after local campaigners started a battle to save this facility after it closed.
Pools on the Park, Old Deer Park, Richmond, TW9
Built in the 1960s and featuring both a lido and an indoor pool, the Grade II-listed Richmond Pools are part of a complex that includes a spa and fitness centre. The heated outdoor pool, which is less than seven miles from Wimbledon Common, is only open during the summer months.
Serpentine Lido, Hyde Park W2
Just 7.1 miles miles from Wimbledon Common, the Serpentine Lido is perhaps the best known open air pool in London. This swimming facility, which is sectioned off from the pond in Hyde Park, is unheated, unchlorinated and users get to share the water with the local wildlife. However, it is open to the public from 9.30am.
Oasis Sports Centre, 32 Endell Street WC2H
This little-known heated outdoor pool is flanked on all sides by residential and office buildings, which is perfect for keeping out any chilling breeze. This 27.5m long pool is perfect for a quick dip during your lunch hour if you happen to work in the West End of London.
Kings Cross Pond Club, off York Way N1C
At the northern end of the new development surrounding Kings Cross (and less than an hour away from Wimbledon Common), the Pond Club is part of an urban renewal programme that is surrounded by plant life and gardens. But to ensure water quality, visitor numbers are limited to 163 a day and there are time limits on sessions.
The value of homes within five miles of an outdoor swimming pool is rising. The price of residential property in both Merton and Surrey jumped 10.7% in the year to March 2016 to take the average value of a detached house in Wimbledon Village to over £3.3m.
To discover how much your home could be worth, contact Robert Holmes & Co today.