Desperate for a summer splash but just can’t wait until your jollies? Want to take a plunge but don’t want to miss your last train home? Your luck might just be in as London’s penchant for urban swimming spaces reaches new industrial heights with King’s Cross Pond Club in Lewis Cubitt Park and Square – aka that bit near King’s Cross Station that’s been a building site for a seeming eternity. But no longer – what was once a barren wasteland from Friday 22 May will be an open air swimming pool, sorry pond, injecting a piece of nature into the urban landscape.
Creators of the UK’s first public swimming pond, Ooze Architects and artist Marjetica Potrč present this urban idyll meets innovative art project, Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club for our bathing pleasure this summer.
Completely natural and chemical free, the pond is purified through a natural closed-loop process, using wetland and submerged water plants to filter and clean the water and will be surrounded by landscaping with plants and wildflowers and bushes allowing the environment to change with the seasons.
You’ll be able to book your slot for a designated session two weeks in advance. Tickets are £6.50 for peak swims and £3.50 for non-peak swims. No swimming? Discounted rates will be available for pond visitors wishing to remain dry.
With the pool due to remain open for up to two years, there should be no need to panic and run to place your towel down. Then again it’s not every day you get to swim beside the 08:07 to Birmingham New Street…
The pond will be open Mon-Fri from 6am-dusk and Sat-Sun from 8am-dusk. Bookings can be made on: kingscrosspond.club.