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

Facilities

  • Lifeguards on duty
  • Changing rooms
  • Outdoor cold showers
  • 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
  • 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 times 12 May to 27 May 2024
Period from Open Last entry Vacate water Vacate facility
12 May 7am 8.15pm 8.30pm 8.45pm

Drop-in and bookable sessions

Swimming sessions from 28 May 2024
Session Open Last entry Vacate water Vacate facility
Morning Drop-in 7am 11am 11.30pm 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 7 days.

We do not take group bookings and bookings will only be available up to 7 days in advance.

We strongly recommend booking swims for these slots to avoid disappointment. Unsold tickets can be purchased 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. 

Winter swimming information

During the winter months the Mixed Pond is closed for public swimming and can be used only by the Winter Swimming Club.

Improvement works

Improvement works are underway at the Mixed Pond to make the pond safer and more accessible. This includes building an accessible W.C. and changing room, adding a hoist and improving the visibility in the lifeguards hut. We apologise for any disruption while this work takes place. 

Water temperature

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

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 Hampstead Mixed Pond is located near East Heath Road on Hampstead Heath.

Public transport

The nearest stations to the Mixed Pond are:

  • Hampstead Heath on the Overground Line (7 minute walk)
  • Hampstead on the Northern Line (13 minute walk)

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

Parking

There is parking available at East Heath Car Park.

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.