If you want to enjoy a swim during the colder months then you have two options: wake up exceptionally early to make it before work, or dash from the office to the pool for a quick dip before it closes.
If neither option appeals, you’re in luck, because Hampton Pool is now offering Londoners the chance to swim under the stars, during one of its Moonlight Dip events.
From 10pm until midnight on select dates, night owls will be able to enjoy splashing about at the (thankfully!) heated outdoor lido, complete with glow sticks provided by the venue.
A full-moon dip is something you’re more likely to find at a far-flung beach party than a swimming pool in the suburbs, but the team here is determined to bring it to city dwellers too.
‘We started our moonlight swims last year to give our customers the chance to swim in our heated pool under the stars,’ Hampton Pool manager Mickey Lewis told us.
‘Each one has its own special feel depending on the time of year, and we love seeing families from the locality and further afield coming along to join in the party atmosphere.’
If you want to combine exercise with festive fun, then make sure you head down on Friday November 29 when the Moonlight Dip will include the switching on of the centre’s Christmas lights. Sounds lit.
Upcoming dates include November 1 and 29, December 21 and 27. The full schedule for Moonlight Dips at Hampton Pool can be found here. Slots should be booked in advance via the reception or on 020 8255 1116. £8.50 per adult.
Fancy a swim that doesn’t interfere with your bedtime? Try out a different London swimming pool.