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The Good Times: Get Wet

Posted in London Pools, Tooting lido with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2012 by Rejoice & Be Cleansed

“Feeling gloomy? There’s nothing quite like an invigorating swim to put you in a good mood, especially with the open sky above you. Simon Murie, founder of specialist swimming holiday operator SwimTrek, talks us through London’s best spots for an al fresco dip,” says The Good Times, a magazine designed to have steered us through the (official!) most depressing day of the year, Jan 16th. The Good Times is The Church of London’s (a Shoreditch-based creative agency) response to the January blues and the result of a week-long project to write, design and print a one-off newspaper which celebrated only good news.TCoL rallied writers, designers and illustrators together to produce a newspaper which exclusively featured ‘good news’ stories. Copies were distributed in London and available direct from the TCoL office on Leonard Street in east London. And seeing Tooting Bec Lido, The Serpentine, Hampstead Heath Lake, and London Fields Lido being written about as a natural antidote to the trials and tribulations that January did put a smile on my face. There is a link to the full text in the picture above. Enjoy!

Life & style Swimming New year swimmers – in pictures

Posted in Abroad, Around the UK with tags , , , , on January 3, 2012 by Rejoice & Be Cleansed


A lovely piece in the Guardian online about swimmers around the world taking part in a traditional New Year’s Day dip. You have to the love how inventive everyone is. Hats off to Angela McClements from Ballymena who makes a graceful entrance at Carnlough Harbour, County Antrim. Pic by Pacemaker/Charles McQuillan.

Saundersfoot New Year’s Day swim’s 1,657 record turnout

Posted in Around the UK with tags , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by Rejoice & Be Cleansed


According to the BBC’s website: ‘More than 1,600 have braved the cold sea in a record turnout for a Pembrokeshire New Year’s Day swim.The 28th year of the fancy dress event in Saundersfoot took an Olympic theme to celebrate the 2012 London games.’ Love the outfits. Love the turnout. Nothing better than a good swim on New Year’s Day to start the January purge. Amazing.

Speedo Unforgettable Swims: Golden Years

Posted in London Pools with tags , , on November 8, 2011 by Rejoice & Be Cleansed


Today one of my colleagues at work told me about this website that Speedo has set up about Unforgettable swims. It is lovely. I particularly like this blog about Cyril and Yvonne Wood pictured, and filmed at Tooting Lido. They have been in love for 63 years. But it’s not just their love for each other that keeps them together: there’s also a special place in their heart for water. Their unforgettable swim is one of hundreds they’ve shared in their long life together. It is lovely, and it made me smile even more knowing that Cyril won the Sunday race held at Tooting Lido (albeit with a huge head start!!).

Marshall Street Baths

Posted in London Pools with tags , , , , , on August 12, 2010 by Rejoice & Be Cleansed

This morning I had the absolute pleasure of my first swim at the Marshall Street Baths in the heart of London’s Soho. It was shut down over a decade ago, in 1997, for health and safety reasons after it fell into a state of crumbling disrepair. In fact the last time swimmers took the dip in this architectural gem Elton John’s Candle In The Wind topped the charts, John Major was still in power, and Princess Diana was still alive. Although, it first opened in 1932 there have been public baths on the site since 1852.

Well, the Grade II listed building famous for its stunning barrel-vaulted roof and Sicillian marble-lined pool has just reopened as part of a £25million refurbishment job. The rest of the project includes a gym, sauna and exercise studios as well as 52 apartments, 15 of which will be part of an affordable housing scheme. So that’s nice.

I got there at about 7.30am, and to my complete surprise there was only about 6 people in the pool. The first thing that grabs you, apart from the amazing paint job, are the green Swedish marble walls and glimmering white marble lined pool. I have never seen anything like it, it is what I imagine a swimming pool in one of the royal palaces might look like (are the any?).

The next thing is the original bronze fountain depicting a merchild and two dolphins, designed by the sculptor Walter Gilbert, watching over the lucky swimmers. Everything has been so lovingly restored. It makes every stroke and every turn a joy as something new catches the eye. But all of this comes at a price., in fact £5.25 which is a lot for most people. But as they say, you’re worth it. Every penny of it.