Best rooftop pools in London

Published: May 5, 2020

Enjoy trendy rooftops and member clubs from a rooftop swimming pool in London

Rooftop pools and London is maybe not the perfect match, mainly because of the sometimes grey and cold weather in England.

But London is a great rooftop city and during recent years, some rooftop pools has popped up as well. So when the weather is in the right mood, you can find a refreshing oasis above the bustling city streets.

You should however know that most of the London rooftop pools are located at member hotels, which means you have to be a member (for example Soho House) or a guest to be able to use some of these swimming pools.

Anyway, here’s a list of 5 fabolous rooftop swimming pools located in London. Enjoy!

1. The Ned

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A true London classic, The Ned has been an important presence in the city since 1924, and its upstairs club is one of the best in the city.

The Ned's upstairs clubs have two striking terraces, a large rooftop bar decked with London glamour, and a fantastic rooftop pool that has more than earned it a place in this list.

The pool is 20 meters long and heated and overlooks the St. Paul's Cathedral and a sizeable portion of London's skyline.

Available only to hotel guests and Ned Club members, the pool is also complemented by the hotel's spa and the gym, making it a fantastic choice for those looking to relax in style.

Adress: Poultry 27, City of London, London

Availability: Hotel guests / Members

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2. LIDO at The Curtain

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Located in Shoreditch, LIDO is a wonderful venue that mixes traditional Mediterranean style with modern design, resulting in one of the most identifiable locales in London.

The Moroccan-inspired pool is a sight by itself, with heated deep blue waters and a retractable roof welcoming visitors to take a dip, no matter the day or the weather.

The pool's unique look is complemented by wooden terraces, lush shrubbery, wooden deckchairs, ample sun loungers, raffia bistro chairs, beautiful wicker lampshades, and a pergola-style ceiling.

The mood is chill and relaxed, though still exclusive, as the rooftop bar and pool are open only to hotel guests and Curtain members.

Adress: 45 Curtain Road, Hackney, London

Availability: Hotel guests / Members

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3. Sky Pool at Embassy Gardens

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Sky Pool at Embassy Gardens | Photo:

Considered the world's very first 'sky pool', this entry is truly a sight to behold!

Suspended ten stories in the air between two buildings, the Sky Pool offers a unique swimming experience, albeit not one for the faint of heart, as you'll be swimming from one building to the other with each lap.

The pool's jaw-dropping design doesn't exist only for the novelty either, as it allows guests to explore the full spectrum of the terraces, which include a rooftop bar, a spa, and a roof garden.

Unlike most entries in this list, the Sky Pool is exclusive to residents of the Embassy Garden's Buildings, so to swim in this amazing pool, you'll have to move there, or befriend someone who lives there.

Adress: 3 Viaduct Gardens, Nine Elms, London

Availability: Residents

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4. Shoreditch House

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An exclusive and hip destination located in East London, the Shoreditch House combines work and play in a unique way.

Surrounded by lush shrubbery, comfortable lounge areas, poolside loungers, and daybeds, this is a fantastic destination for those looking for some peace in the middle of one of the world's busiest cities.

Open year-round from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, the Shoreditch House rooftop pool offers impressive views of the East End, the Gherkin, and the Heron Tower, as well as a fantastic rooftop bar and delicious food options.

The pool itself is 16 meters long, fully heated, and decorated with beautiful blue tiles, and it's located right next to the 'lazy lawn': an open-air terrace perfect for sunbathing, eating, and drinking.

The Shoreditch House is exclusive to club members and hotel guests. It is also an adult-only venue, so you'll be able to enjoy the pool (probably) without to much splashing.

Adress: Ebor St, Hackney, London

Availability: Hotel guests / Members

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5. White City House

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Occupying part of the former BBC Television Centre, the White City House offers a large rooftop pool and terrace, designed to evoke an exotic yet relaxing atmosphere.

The pool is spacious, and surrounded by comfortable sun loungers and beautiful greenery.

The entire terrace is large enough to avoid overcrowding during the summer days, and thanks to its two rooftop bars, chances are you won't have to wait long for a drink either.

Since this terrace is located a bit away from downtown London, it doesn't have the best views around, but considering the extra space to stretch your legs and move around, the trade-off is more than worth it.

Adress: 2, Television Centre, 101 Wood Ln, Shepherd's Bush, London

Availability: Hotel guests / Members

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