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Highgate Men's Pond is a natural bathing pond and one of London's best open air swimming spots.

Facilities

  • Lifeguards on duty
  • Changing rooms
  • Limited toilets and showers will be available; please bring your own sanitizer

Restrictions

  • Strong swimmers only. The ponds are deep and can be very cold
  • Children aged 8-15 must be accompanied by an adult. All children will be asked to complete a Swim Test to show competency in the water when returning to the Bathing Ponds or swimming at the facility for the first time
  • Once the facility reaches capacity entry will be managed at the gate
  • Swim wear must be worn
  • Assistance dogs only allowed in the facilities
  • No lockers and valuables are left at your own risk
Day swimming prices
Ticket Adult price Concession price
Single session £4.05 £2.43

Payments can be made by cash (no change given) or contactless card.

For help on booking tickets, please see 'How to book' below.

Opening times

Winter swimming schedule (from 20 September 2021)

Period from Open Last entry Vacate water Vacate facility
20 Sep 2021 7am 4.15pm 4.30pm 4.45pm
31 Oct 2021 7am 2pm 2.15pm 2.30pm
28 Nov 2021 7.30am 2.30pm 2.45pm 3pm
30 Jan 2022 7am 2pm 2.15pm 2.30pm
20 Mar 2022 7am 4.15pm 4.30pm 4.45pm
10 Apr 2022 7am 6.15pm 6.30pm 6.45pm

Advance bookings will not be required in the winter season, but if the Pond reaches capacity, a one-in-one out queue, managed by the Stewards, will be necessary.

Water temperature

We regularly tweet the water temperature at the pond on Twitter.

Donations

All money received from swimming is gratefully received and is reinvested to support the costs of lifeguarding and operating this Pond, thank you for your support. You can make an additional donation to Hampstead Heath (Registered Charity no. 803392).

Donate

The Men's Pond is located near to Millfield Lane on Hampstead Heath

Public transport

The nearest stations to the Men's Pond are:

  • Gospel Oak on the Overground Line (17 minute walk)
  • Kentish Town on the Northern Line (26 minute walk)

The 214 bus route also goes close to the Pond.

Visit TfL's Journey Planner to plan your trip to the Pond.

Parking

There is on-street parking available on Millfield Lane. Please make sure you check parking signs and follow any restrictions.

How to book

Pre-book sessions can be booked online using Eventbrite. Season ticket holders will be able to book a ‘free’ session but must bring their season ticket wristband to tap in on arrival. Non-season ticket holders will pay for their ticket on Eventbrite.

Tickets will be released on Eventbrite every Monday at 12 noon for the week ahead.

Pre-book

Cancelling booked tickets

If your plans change and you need to cancel, you will be able to do this through your Eventbrite account. Please do cancel any bookings you won't be using as this will free up the space for someone else to swim. If you have paid for a session through Eventbrite you will receive a refund for any bookings cancelled 24 hours before the session starts - again this is done through your Eventbrite account.

Need help with booking?

There will be a swimming helpline (operating Monday-Friday) for those in need of assistance with booking or any other issues relating to swimming. The number to call is: 020 7332 3779

Questions can also be directed to HH-swimming@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Concessions

Concessions apply to people in receipt of State Benefits including: Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance, Personal Independence Payments and Housing Benefit as well as people with a Freedom Pass; Disabled Card; Students, those 60 and over and under 16’s.

You will be asked to provide proof before you book.

Free morning swim

Those aged 60 and over are eligible for a free morning swim from 7am until 9.30am. You can apply for a free season ticket on our season ticket page.

Carers

Carers can accompany a swimmer for free. Choose the free Carer option on the Season Ticket Application form.

If you are a regular swimmer, you can save by getting a season ticket for the Lido, the Ponds or both. Visit our season ticket page to find out more - including prices - and buy your season ticket.

When you purchase a season ticket you will be issued with a wristband which you can use to 'tap in' when you swim. Replacement cost of lost wristband is £5 and replacement bands can be ordered online using the season ticket application form found on our season ticket page.

If you cannot fill in the Season Ticket Application online then paper copies will be available at the Bathing Ponds, Lido and Parliament Hill office.

Untreated Water

The levels of micro-organisms fluctuates in this untreated water. High levels pose a risk to your health and often occur after rain and where there is a lot of swimmers in the pond. The risk of illness is greater for children, the elderly or immunocompromised people and some overseas visitors, as they can have lower immunity. The dangers include: mild-gastroenteritis or eye, ear and respiratory infections. We recommend you consult a doctor if you have any health concerns, avoid swallowing pond water and shower before and after bathing.

Water quality

Weekly water quality tests are undertaken by the Environment Agency between May-September and test results are available to view on the Environment Agency website.

Please read our cold water swimming guidelines for more information.