There are three freshwater bathing pools on Hampstead Heath. These beautiful ponds attract thousands each summer, and even a few brave swimmers throughout winter! There is one pond for mixed bathing and separate ponds for male and female swimmers.
Swimmers must be aged eight and over and may be required to take a short swimming test to prove their competence. For younger swimmers or those who don't feel confident enough to tackle the ponds, there is also a lido and paddling pool on nearby Parliament Hill Fields. There is also an open air unheated lido which is open year round, over 25 ponds, and Kenwood House is also situated on the heath.