Chilling Out

If the sunshine and heatwave is already getting to U, check out our handpicked recommendations of the best places to chill out...

Beckenham Place Park

The 285m-long Beckenham Place Park wild swimming lake, which reaches 3.5m deep in some parts, has re-opened. There was actually a lake on the site as far back as the 1700s, although it was filled in and used as a golf course until only recently. The lake has now been refilled and ready to welcome Lewisham's hardy swimmers. The lake is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday until the end of September, offering swimming and boat hire. 

Shoreditch House

If U can get in, Shoreditch House's members-only rooftop pool is the hippest place to combine work with play. The open-air, blue-tiled, 16-metre pool (on the 6th floor) is surrounded by plants, fully heated and actually open all year round from 7am until 10pm. Take in the fantastic views of the East End and city spires like the Gherkin and Heron Tower as U lounge, poolside, on one of the red and white stripped daybeds and place your order. Alternatively, head to the newly opened Curtain (also members only) with their rooftop pool and lounge. 

Berkeley Hotel Rooftop Pool Knightsbridge

The rooftop pool at The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge is an oasis of luxury and calm in the centre of London. Ascend to the 7th floor and take a dip in the chic rooftop pool, open to the skies in the sunshine (due to the retractable roof); squirrel yourself away in the Tuscan-style secret garden (a riot of green and bloom in summer months), or gaze across the green acres of Hyde Park from your lounger or treadmill. 

The Lido Café, Brockwell

To chill out somewhere South of the River, Brockwell Lido is worth the dip. A Grade II listed art deco building (first opened in 1937), near the top of the park, it features a stunning open-air pool - actually one of London's few remaining outdoor swimming pools. Brockwell Lido also offers poolside dining (Monday to Saturday) and regularly hosts interesting chefs residencies and eclectic street food pop-ups. 

Ice Bar London

A (freezing) cold sensory experience where the walls, bar, and even the tables are made from crystal clear Torne River ice, which is harvested from the pristine winter wonderland of Jukkasjärvi in Northern Sweden. Icebar London is the UK’s only permanent bar made of ice and is kept at -5°C all year round. Once a year, the entire bar is completely transformed with a new design theme and layout by a team of skilled ice designers and sculptors. Bookings are operated in 40 minute time slots and U will be given a designer thermal cape with a hood and gloves to keep you warm during your visit, where U can order cocktails served in tumblers made of ice.  

GoBoat

Already a phenomenal success in Scandinavia, GoBoat is available now in London. GoBoat is the only self-drive, powered boating experience in central London. Be the captain of your own boat, chart your own adventure and choose your own crew (of up to eight). From their base location in Merchant Square (in Paddington) GoBoats have access to a stunning section of the London canal network. Travel up to Little Venice, from where two main routes are available: East to Camden, or West to Kensal Green and beyond. Priced from £40 for 1 hour. 

Snow Paradise at K West

The K Spa at London's K West Hotel features London's first snow room. The room is filled with actual snow and cooled to -15 ºC, in an attempt to mimic the effects of the traditional Finnish hot / cold sauna-and-snow therapy. The perfect place to find solace from the summer heat. The Snow Paradise is located within the Wet Spa area, which also houses a Hydrotherapy pool, sanarium, sauna and an aromatic herbal steam room. 

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