It is good to know which top luxury hotels in London have the best pools, particularly if you are travelling with your family – it is always nice to hit the pool with the kids. I have also composed a list of luxury hotels in London with indoor and outdoor pools. The Langham, Mandarin Oriental and Berkley pools are particularly good for families because their central location means they are also within walking distance of Hamleys or Harrods toy department.
The Chuan Health Club under the Langham London is a fully equipped fitness centre with first-rate technogym cardio and resistance equipment. The 16-metre (53 feet) pool is right at the base of the building, built into what used to be a bank vault in the depths of the building. The pool is stunning with slate walls and a Japanese tree design backlit by pretty lights at one end.
This rooftop pool (pictured above) is on the seventh floor of the luxury Berkley hotel, located just up the road from Harrods in Knightsbridge. This is the only centrally located London hotel with a rooftop pool. Although the pool is slap bang in the centre of London, the ambiance feels more like one of Bath’s historic spas. Roman-esque pillars and mosaic detailing tiled in iridescent white and gold, give the pool a luxury ambiance which you will appreciate as you notch up some laps. The poolside loungers have views across the city and tables and chairs are perfectly placed for you to savour every fine bite and tipple from the spa menu.
The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is steps from Harvey Nichols and Harrods in Knightsbridge and looks out over Hyde Park. The pool at the hotel is part of their new fitness and wellbeing facility and boasts state-of-the-art Technogym® equipment and a 17-metre indoor swimming pool. The changing area offers a sauna in the male area and steam room in the female area, revitalizing experience showers and a relaxation area.
I reviewed this hotel when it used to be the Four Seasons Canary Wharf. This hotel is located in the east of London away from the centre and next to the banking hub of Canary Wharf. The pool is in front of the hotel as part of a separate health club which means you have to leave the building to get to it (there is no chance of walking down to it in your bath robe and slippers here). The pool is large but busy. The views across the Thames from this glass-walled health club make the trip worthwhile.
Not far from the Canary Riverside Plaza and in the east rather than the centre of London, unlike it’s sister Intercontinental Park Lane, this recently opened hotel offers a club lounge and an excellent pool. The pool is smart, a decent size and has comfy loungers around it. It is worth noting that the Intercontinental Park Lane is a great property, right in the centre, but it does not have a pool.
Members and hotel guests can use pool at Shoreditch House in East London, (pictured above). Shoreditch House describes itself as a members club with rooms in a converted east London warehouse and is a short tube ride from central London and all the attractions. Lounge on padded red and white loungers which look out over the London skyline, or take a dip in this rather trendy, urban rooftop pool.
Opening in the spring in the former Midland Bank headquarters in the City of London, will be a new flagship 5-star hotel from the Soho House group. The Ned hotel gets its name from the eminent architect who designed the building and has been redesigned using 1930’s glamour inspired by the transatlantic ocean liner. The highlight here is the rooftop space with swimming pool, rooftop bar and landscaped terraces. There will also be a health spa and gym and an underground bar in what used to be the safety deposit vault underneath the great banking hall. To use the pool you need to book a room or become a member.
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