King’s Cross Pond Club, London

An unlikely place for a dip

An unlikely place for a dip

Charlotte Brunt

King’s Cross may seem an unlikely place for a dip and I slightly reluctantly headed down there one sunny Friday evening  - the whole concept of stripping off to your cozzy while being surrounded by a building site with hi-vis jacket wearing builders and their hard hats was slightly strange! However I understand that this is partly what designers wanted to create – a juxtaposition of urban life and nature. It beat all expectations - this really is a sanctury away from hectic Central London that surrounds it. 
The lido is part urban wildlife project, part swimming pond and is open everyday dawn til dusk for the next 2 years. If you are brave enough for a swim in English temperatures, take a change in the 40 person changing room, then head to the pond via the compulsory showers, once in the water you’ll see that at the bottom it is surprisingly like being in a natural pond. The 40 metre fresh water pond is entirely man-made and features natural filtering through aquatic plants. 
Follow it up with drinks at Caravan and dinner at Dishoom and you really have had the best evening!