London's frenetic cityscape is home to a surprising number of large and inviting swimming pools. And the best of these can be found in five-star hotels.
From The Berkeley's rooftop mosaic-tiled design overlooking Hyde Park to The Rembrandt's Romanesque affair, these venues offer a level of luxury and indulgence you just won't find at your local leisure centre.
This ambiance comes at a considerable price for non-hotel guests, but it may be worth paying on the odd occasion for the space and calm to swim in, plus extras such as massage jets, scented candles and fluffy white dressing gowns.
Treat yourself to our pick of London's most indulgent pools, with a few more budget-friendly options thrown in too, for good measure.
The Berkeley, SW1
This retractable rooftop pool is the stuff of dreams, with iridescent white and gold mosaic tiling and a nearby secret garden full of scented blooms. On the 7th floor of the hotel, it boosts views over Hyde Park but entrance will set you back an eye-watering £150 per person, per day.
Monday to Friday 6am-10pm and weekends 7am-9pm, the-berkeley.co.uk
Grange Holborn Hotel, WC1
This invitingly scenic pool can be found in the centre of the West End, a 10-minute walk from Covent Garden. It's located in the hotel's Ajala Spa and non-guests can take a dip for £20 a day.
Monday to Friday 6am-10pm and weekends 7am-10pm, grangehotels.com
The Rembrandt, SW7
There is little not to love about The Rembrandt's showpiece swimming pool, heated to a balmy 32°C. Access to the hotel's Aquilla Health and Fitness spa comes in bundles, starting from £150 for a 10-day pass. This includes the sauna, steam bath, gym and any exercise classes as well as the pool.
Monday to Friday 7am–10pm and weekends 8am–8pm, rembrandthotel.com
The Landmark London, NW1
This 15-metre chlorine free swimming pool offers a tranquil retreat in the heart of Marylebone. A £40 day pass will buy you entrance to the pool, along with the steam rooms, Jacuzzi, gymnasium and sanarium.
Monday to Friday 6:30am - 10pm and weekends 7am-9pm, landmarklondon.co.uk
The Langham London, W1
Once upon a time, The Langham's 16-metre basement pool was a bank vault. Admire its majestic structure as you pound the lengths, from £90 a go. This price includes a mandatory treatment at the hotel's Chuan Spa (see here for a full menu) and access to all of the spa's facilities over a two-hour period.
Monday to Friday 8am-10pm and weekends 8am-8pm, langhamhotels.co.uk
PESTANA CHELSEA BRIDGE HOTEL, SW8
This lovely indoor pool is available to non-guests for £25 for a two-hour period. The rate includes you own fluffy dressing gown, slippers and access to the hotel steam room, sauna and relaxation area.
Monday to Friday 7.30am-8pm and weekends 8.30am-8pm, pestana.com
Corinthia London, SW1
A low-lit, intimate affair surrounded by marble heated loungers and private sleep pods, the pool at Corinthia London is a work of art. But it comes at a price; £95 for three hours, which will also buy you access to the rest of the hotel's four-level spa including a vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, a thermal suite floor and a cutting-edge gym.
Open Monday to Friday 6:30am-10pm and weekends 7:30am-10pm, corinthia.com
St. Giles Hotel, WC1
Guests at St. Giles Hotel have access to the 25-metre indoor swimming pool that belongs to the adjacent YCMA gym. It's one of the largest pools in central London, with plenty of room to ease aching muscles. Non-guests can use it for a bargain £15 a day.
Monday to Friday 6.30am–10.30pm and weekends 10am-7pm, stgiles.com
The Bulgari, SW1
The Bulgari touts this space as "the most dramatic private pool complex in central London". Stand-out features include Italian stone walls and serene white cabanas complete with loungers and candles. You can only gain access by booking a two-hour treatment (see the menu here), with prices starting from £270.
Every day 6.30am-10pm, bulgarihotels.com
Jumeirah Carlton Tower, SW1
Gain access to this ninth-floor oasis for £100 per day, a fee that will also give you entry to this luxury hotel's other spa facilities including a jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms. The 20-metre stainless steel design and overhead windows leave plenty of space for some gentle rejuvenation.
Monday to Friday 6:15am-10pm and weekends 7:30am-9pm, jumeirah.com