The first heat wave of 2022 has arrived and I don’t care how attractive the new Elizabeth Line is, you won’t catch me on any underground vehicles.
Temperatures are set to reach the mid-30s this weekend, and for most of us that means hanging legs out the window and using gold and lunchtime pints as a “cooling” tonic. To justify
But instead of clinging to the seats in your nearby pub garden, why not first put yourself in a pot of water, dripping any sweaty upper lip first.
Here are some of the best outdoor pools to help you take shelter from the scorching heat.
180 The Strand
Sadly, not open to the public, Soho House’s latest Central London club is located in Brutalist 180 Strand Studios and is still home to their best roof top pool. With views of the whole of London, members and a lucky guest can practice their best butterfly stroke, coming to the air just to welcome the spiers of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Like their other London outposts in Shoreditch and White City, the rooftops now feature their famous red and white umbrellas and luxury furniture from the sixties.
Rub shoulders with the likes of Clara Ampho, Joyce Crooks and K. Sex education Star Asa taking a sip on a round of Butterfield Picnits, before retreating to dance and make noise as the sun sets.
Avoid extreme temperatures in the oasis above this roof in the heart of Belgravia. The brand new pool is a masterpiece of glass paneling and serious infinity pool flexing, with unparalleled views across the city. Just a stone’s throw from Harvey Nichols and Herod’s designer shopping hub, this is the perfect place to relax tired legs after a long, hot day shopping for bikinis. The Berkeley Pool is a cultural landmark in itself, being London’s first rooftop pool, originally opened in the 1970s.
The new Tuscan-style terrace is only available for hotel guests, but it is worth going out for a night out and recovering in one of the Art Deco-style suites, which range from Penelope Cruz to Gwyneth Paltrow to A-Listers. Has liked
Inspired by LA’s Laurel Canyon, this East London rooftop pool is dripping with the glamor of the Hollywood Hills of the 1970s, without the killer Manson family, think of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The former Curtain Hotel is a five-minute drive from Shordach High Street, and is a great alternative to the hanging deck chairs at the nearby Shourditch House.
Open from noon to midnight, rattan furnishings, live DJs and hanging fairy lights mean the place comes alive as the sun sets. Book lunch at Pool Side Restaurant Laurel’s On The Roof and access the Turquoise Plunge Pool and while you’re at it order a smoggas board of LA treats such as the Japanese Garibaldi Cocktail followed by the California Lobster Roll and Malibu Shrimp Cocktail. ۔
Great for city selectors, The Ned’s magnificent rooftop pool is another string in Nick Knight’s seemingly never-ending bow. Unfortunately, this is only open to members and their guests, as is the case with most Soho House franchises, but before the summer arrives, there is plenty of time to make friends with a member of Ned. ۔
Unlike the rest of the house, it is a haven for fit and booted young professionals, who walk straight from the stock exchange and into the crisp depths of the raised plunging pool. With views all over London, with its higgledy-piggledy spiers and enforced renaissance-style banks, this is a world far from the rat race below. You are more likely than any Spaniard to encounter the chairman of the Bank of England, but if you can see the owner of the hedge fund in Speedo, this is the place to go.
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Proud of being the tallest rooftop pool in Western Europe, it is not for the faint of heart. The Infinity Sky Pool is 52 stories high and has the best views in London. Not technically an outdoor pool, which may be a recipe for catastrophe.
Designed by award-winning Hong Kong architect Andre Fu, the undivided white statement ceiling is based on a “do-gong” – bracket attached to Chinese architecture. You do not have to spend £ 450 per room to use the pool with the hotel. Sky pass The system allows anyone to access the pool and spa for the day. Gold is truly a magical object, with traditional wooden benches facing a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the whole of London (it seems).
Just outside London, the elegant Birch Hotel is just 30 minutes from Liverpool Station, shorter than most trips. But it’s worth drowning in its special 25-meter ludo, behind a secret walled garden. This impressive spread of water makes the rest of the inner city look like a paddling pool to its cousins. On the birch you can throw around to your heart’s content, or just a couple of decent lengths – whatever floats your boat.
After working for a few minutes to speed up the water to satisfy your hunger, get yourself out on the BBQ by the pool before dropping the kids out at 3 o’clock and falling on the well-stocked bar. Nothing says summer is like a perfectly burnt banjo and an ice-cold cocktail. Although it is called Ludo, nothing is unclear about this pool, the brainchild of former Ace Hotel MD Chris Penn, the pool area and the hotel combining old-school glamor with modern, sophisticated finishes. There is an electoral atmosphere.