London's 50m Swimming Pools

London’s 50m Swimming Pools

London’s existing 50m pools

The 50m swimming pool facilities in the London Region that can host competitions are:

  1. The London Aquatic Centre, Stratford;
  2. The National Sport Centre, Crystal Palace;
  3. Gurnell Leisure Centre, Ealing; and
  4. Hillingdon Leisure Complex.

Plus there are 50m lidos at

  1. Charlton;
  2. Hillingdon;
  3. London Fields; and
  4. Park Road.

The London Aquatic Centre is the pre-eminent competition swimming pool in the UK and has a 50-metre x 10-lane competition pool with 4,000 spectator seating capacity, a diving pool and a 50-metre swim down pool. It should be considered to be the main competition pool for the north-east quadrant of Greater London.


The National Sport Centre has a 50-metre x 8-lane competition pool with spectator seating for 3,000 spectators, a diving pool with a full set of boards (but no synchronised arrangement), and a 25-metre swim down pool.  Because of its signature 1960’s style and design it is a listed building. It should be considered to be the main competition pool for the south-east quadrant of Greater London.

CP 2

Hillingdon Leisure Complex has a 50m x 8-lanes x 2.5m-lane competition pool with bulkhead and moveable floor for a depth 2m depth with 350 spectator seating capacity (100 seats fewer than the minimum for a regional facility). There is a leisure pool that has limited swim-down capability and a listed 50m lido.  It is in the north-west quadrant or Greater London.
Hil 1

Gurnell Leisure Centre has a 50m x 6-lanes x 2.5m-lanes with spectator seating for 200 spectators (250 fewer than the minimum for a regional facility). The pool depth ranges from 0.9m to 2.25m with moveable floor and there is a leisure pool with limited swim-down capability. It is in the north-west quadrant or Greater London.  The pool is expected to be closed in 2018 and replaced with a 50m x 10 lane facility in 2021.
Gurnell 1

The four lidos are unsuitable for competition but no less valuable and valued by London Swimming and their communities.
Lido Photo


There is a significant gap in supply as Swim England analysis shows Greater London needs at least one more 50 metre Regional Competition Pool with a swim down pool and spectator seating for 450 spectators.   In addition to staging swimming competitions, these pools will be capable of supporting regional water polo competitions

There is no recognisable 50-metre competition swimming pool provision in the south-west quadrant of Greater London.   And the London Boroughs of Kingston-upon-Thames and the London Borough of Sutton each have significant water deficits which each equate to a 50-metre 8-lane swimming pool.