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

Facilities

  • Lifeguards on duty
  • Showers
  • Changing rooms
  • Toilets

Restrictions

  • Strong swimmers only. The ponds are deep and can be very cold
  • Children aged 8-15 must be accompanied by an adult in the water. The maximum number of children per adult is two. 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
  • Swimwear must be worn - topless swimming is not permitted.
  • Assistance dogs only allowed in the facilities
  • There are no lockers and valuables are left at your own risk
Day swimming prices
Ticket Adult price Concession price
Single session  £4.70 £2.80

Cashless payment is preferred. Correct change cannot be guaranteed for cash transactions.

Swimmers under 16 years and 60+ years can swim free of charge up to 9.30am on production of proof of age.

Season tickets are also available.

Opening times

Swimming sessions from 28 May 2024
 Session  Open  Last entry  Vacate water  Vacate facility
Morning Drop-in 7am  11am  11.30am  11.45pm 
Bookable 12pm  12.50pm  1pm 1.10pm
Bookable 1.15pm 2.05pm 2.15pm  2.25pm
Bookable 2.30pm  3.20pm  3.30pm  3.40pm
Bookable  3.45pm  4.35pm  4.45pm  4.55pm
Bookable 5pm 5.50pm 6pm 6.15pm
Evening Drop-in  6.30pm 8.15pm   8.30pm 8.45pm 

Bookings

Bookings for the Bathing Ponds will open on 27 May 2024.

Bookings will be available at 12:00 every Monday via Eventbrite for the following seven days.

We do not take group bookings and bookings will only be available up to seven days in advance.

We recommend booking swims for these slots to avoid disappointment. Unsold tickets can be purchased onsite on the day but in hot weather unsold tickets are rarely available.

If you are not able to use our online systems, please speak to a member of staff at your swimming facility who will be able to advise further.

Water temperature

We regularly publish the water temperature at the pond

Donations

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

Donate

The Ladies' Pond is located off Millfield Lane on Hampstead Heath

Public transport

The nearest stations to the Ladies' Pond are:

  • Gospel Oak on the Overground Line (23 minute walk)
  • Highgate 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.

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 under 16 or over 60 are eligible for a free morning swim from 7am until 9.30am, on production of proof of age.

Carers

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

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.