Kings Cross Pond Club: The London Art Installation You Can Swim In

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Kings Cross Pond Club

This post was originally written in August 2015. Regretfully, the Kings Cross Pond Club is now permanently closed.

Like most major cities in the world, London is ever changing. Previously neglected areas of the capital are being transformed into cool, lively areas that appeal to the young and well-off.

One such area that is seeing major construction works is Kings Cross, an area that has changed beyond recognition. So much work has taken place here over the past couple of years that Royal Mail had to create a brand new post code to account for the extra streets that have been created.

Kerb at Kings Cross
Kerb at Kings Cross
Food Market Outside Kings Cross
Food Market Outside Kings Cross

In a previous article, I wrote about Granary Square, which is now a busy focal point for trendy cafes, food markets and events. Since my last visit, work around the square has continued and now, there’s something new and very unusual to discover.

Kings Cross Pond Club

Set into a grassy mound and surrounded by construction sites is Kings Cross Pond Club, a unique art installation and the ‘UK’s first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pond’. The 40m-long pond is chemical-free, but naturally filtered and purified by a variety of water plants.

The project’s website goes on to explain, ‘the aim is to provide visitors and people living in the area with a beautiful and relaxing vantage point from where they can swim and enjoy a piece of nature in an urban location.’

Large arrows point the way
Large arrows point the way
Kings Cross Pond Club
Kings Cross Pond Club
Viewing Platform at Kings Cross Pond Club
Viewing Platform at Kings Cross Pond Club

You need to book ahead if you want any chance of getting into the water. I hadn’t managed to get a ticket but wanted to go see it at least, so I caught the Underground to Kings Cross St Pancras station and followed the signposts.

Curious visitors are well catered for. A viewing platform has been built, giving a great overview of the pond and the surrounding area. I watched with interest as those lucky few in the pond laughed and splashed about. It was a lovely day for a dip with blue skies and warm sunshine overhead. Quite whether the pond will have the same appeal in chillier weather remains to be seen. For now though, this unique and quirky attraction seems to be doing pretty well.


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