Canary Wharf has opened its first open water swimming venue

Beat the Heat With a Thames Swim at Canary Wharf

If you too can't book a slot at the lido this week to save yourself and a cold shower just ain't cutting it, perhaps open water swimming at Canary Wharf will help you cool off as London continues swelter..

Lead Photo: Love Open Water

Londoners can now take a dip in the cool waters at Canary Wharf as the neighbourhood opens its first open water swimming venue. 

In partnership with Love Open Water, 600 metres of the Middle Dock has been sectioned off for swimmers, who can soak up the views of the One Canada Square and Newfoundland while they swim laps or just cool off. 

The swimming hole is open to people of all abilities, over the age of 10, and a lifeguard will be on hand for every session. 

Worried that Thames water is rank? It's a fair concern, however Love Open Water is supported by NOWCA, the UK’s largest network of safe open water venues. 

For starters, the swimming water is locked off from the rest of the river, so you're not swimming in the actual Thames. 

Secondly, the water is tested twice a month to ensure it meets the 'Excellent' criteria outlined by the EU Bathing Standards. So fear not, and stop trying to do laps with your head above water. 

To access the Middle Dock, would-be swimmers can access the pontoon across from Humble Grape on Mackenzie Walk, where there are mixed changing huts too.

The swimming spot is open until September. Times and dates vary.  Sessions cost £8 and must be pre-booked. You can also buy a yearly NOWCA membership for £15 which gives you access to more than 40 open water swimming sites across the UK. 

Address: Middle Dock, Canary Wharf E14


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