Does anyone know if there is a swimming pool that's open to the public in SE1 - especially around the London Bridge/Southwark Bridge area?
There doesn't appear to be anything in this area at all - save for the Elephant & Castle, which is a bit too far for a lunchtime swim. I hear there may be a pool at Guy's Hospital and also heard there was one on Union Street. City of London School by the Millennium Bridge has one but I can't afford the tuition fees that would get me in. Can anyone help?
Julian, I started a thread about the lack of swimming pools in SE1 earlier in the summer. The pool at the Elephant & Castle has been out of action for several years now, and there don't appear to be any plans to renovate it. All the pools in the London Bridge/South Bank area are in private health clubs, like the one at the very expensive County Hall gym. Nearest public ones are in Camberwell and Canada Water, Rotherhithe.
Julian - you're right, there is a pool at Guys which is available to the public at certain times of the day when its not being used. I have never got round to going but it might be worth a try. I'm not sure who I rang to find out about times but try the general Guys number 7955 5000. Good luck!
Well, I just spoke to Guys and they say their pool is never open to the public, but is for members only - that is, members of the Thomas and Guy Club - which is open only to doctors, nurses and students at Guy's, St Thomas's or Kings.
I could go as a guest of a member for £3.35 a time, which is pricey, but just about doable.
The question is, are there any members of the Thomas and Guy Club out there who can help?!