The Best Hotels With Pools in London

The Sky Pool in Shangri-La at the Shard looks down on London’s landmarks from 52 storeys up
The Sky Pool in Shangri-La at the Shard looks down on London’s landmarks from 52 storeys up | Courtesy of Shangri-La at the Shard / Expedia
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18 November 2020

Whether you’re looking for an antidote to those fog-filled winter mornings or somewhere to cool down on a scorching summer’s afternoon, there are plenty of hotels with pools in London. Whether it’s a party-ready rooftop pool with cocktails on tap or a sporty two-lane waterway with a lap timer to boot, don your favourite swimsuit and dive into the smartest places to stay in the British capital.

The Ned

Luxury
4.5/5 (386 Reviews)
Rooftop infinity pool with view of St Pauls. The Ned Hotel, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Sir Edwin Lutyens, 2014.
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Price Drop
Now from $358 per night
Soho House and the Sydell Group are behind this behemoth hotel and members’ club in the City of London, housed in an enormous former bank. Hotel guests can slip on down to the neoclassical spa to use the 20m (66ft) pool, Moroccan hammam and steam rooms. Afterwards, take your pick from one of the seven restaurants in the food hall, or head to the top floor, where there’s a rooftop pool that surveys St Paul’s Cathedral, although you do need to be a full member to use it.
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The Curtain

Luxury
4.5/5 (535 Reviews)
The Curtain
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Price Drop
Now from $259 per night
The rooftop pool at hipster haven the Curtain is a year-round destination – it’s refreshing in summer and heated in winter, and there’s a retractable glass roof for when the weather is being especially British. It’s even open late, so you can paddle after dark under the twinkling lights. Don’t expect to swim laps, though, this is a place to see and be seen, or just dangle your feet in. Afterwards, take a seat at the Lido rooftop bar for bubbles, burgers and light bites.
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Corinthia

Hotel
4.9/5 (815 Reviews)
Corinthia
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Price Drop
Now from $798 per night
There are four entire floors dedicated to wellness at the Corinthia Hotel on the Thames Embankment. Come here for everything from personal training sessions to pedicures and laps in the swimming pool. Don’t hurry back to reality too soon, you could spend an entire afternoon on the other-worldly thermal floor, home to a tension-busting hot tub, ice fountain, sauna, heated loungers and private sleep pods.
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Mandarin Oriental

Spa Hotel
4.3/5 (143 Reviews)
Mandarin Oriental
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Price Drop
Now from $804 per night
Gym junkie? The east Asian-inspired spa at the Mandarin Oriental is made for you. There’s an 18m (59ft) twin-lane indoor pool (plus a lap timer so you can beat your personal best), a state-of-the-art gym and a private reformer pilates studio for stretching out afterwards. Recover in style in the soothing vitality pool, the amethyst crystal steam room or the very Zen relaxation area.
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The Haymarket

Chain Hotel, Luxury
4.9/5 (339 Reviews)
The Haymarket
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Price Drop
Now from $575 per night
St James’s can be stuffy, but the Haymarket Hotel feels distinctly down to earth, thanks to designer Kit Kemp’s coordinating clash of bright fabrics. Downstairs, the 18m (59ft) heated indoor pool doesn’t take itself too seriously, either, since it’s housed in a hedonistic grotto with a colourful light installation and a cocktail bar to one side. Rent the whole space for a private pool party of epic proportions.
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  • Shangri-La at the Shard

    Hotel
    4.7/5 (945 Reviews)
    Shangri-La at The Shard
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    Price Drop
    Now from $635 per night
    The Sky Pool at Shangri-La at the Shard looks down on London’s landmarks from 52 storeys up. Officially the highest pool in Western Europe, there’s almost a cinematic feeling to swimming here, which is apt, considering it’s more of a photo opportunity than a place to properly practise your breaststroke. If you can’t take your eyes off the view, get a glass of bubbles at the adjacent Gong bar and watch the city put on a show at sunset.
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    St Pancras Renaissance

    Boutique Hotel, Suite Hotel, Business Hotel, Hotel
    4.4/5 (976 Reviews)
    St Pancras Renaissance
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    Price Drop
    Now from $305 per night
    A grand Victorian-era railway hotel, the St Pancras Renaissance fell into disrepair and languished for decades, before a multimillion-pound makeover restored it to its former neogothic glory. You can still access the station from downstairs, so it’s perfect for a pre- or post-Eurostar pitstop – though once you’ve seen the Moroccan-inspired spa with pool, zellige-tile patterns on the walls and potted ferns, you may want to stay put.
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    The Connaught

    Spa Hotel
    4.8/5 (190 Reviews)
    The Connaught
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    Price Drop
    Now from $684 per night
    Expect nothing less than all-out glamour from this classic Mayfair hotel with ornate ceilings, wood panelling and oh-so sumptuous upholstery. Downstairs, at the Aman spa, the jet set wash away their sins in an enormous black granite swimming pool and a delightfully scented steam room infused with essential oils. Once you’re feeling pure of mind and body, it’s time for a re-tox in the award-winning Connaught Bar – don’t miss the martini trolley, of which Mr Bond would definitely approve.
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    The Bulgari

    Spa Hotel
    4.7/5 (100 Reviews)
    The Bvlgari
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    Price Drop
    Now from $841 per night
    Sleek beyond measure, the spa space at the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge is dominated by a 25m (82ft) colonnaded swimming pool made of Italian limestone. It’s surrounded by sun loungers and cabanas cast in creamy drapes that speak to the calm and collected. This being Bulgari, there’s a blingtastic vitality pool, too, tiled in gold and equipped with powerful massage jets ready to make light of niggles and knots.
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    These recommendations were updated on November 18, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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