London is home to a number of picturesque lidos and, with outdoor swimming pools due to reopen on 12 April, you can bet the capital's top swimming spots will be getting a lot of use this summer. But once you've spent a morning fighting for a sun bed or attempting to navigate the lanes without being kicked, splashed or glared at, a private swimming pool will no doubt seem very appealing. Lucky for the future owners of these homes, then, who will be able to enjoy a gentle dip at their own leisure thanks to their private and residents’ only swimming pools. From recently-renovated heritage homes to sparkling new developments, these properties all boast state-of-the-art leisure facilities.
80 Holland Park, W11
Recently launched to the market, 80 Holland Park is a collection of 25 apartments spread across five villas, with interiors by award-winning designers Nina Campbell and Albion Nord. Ranging from lateral apartments to duplex townhouses and penthouses, almost all of which have access to private outdoor space, the Christian Candy development is fully-serviced, with amenities including a 24-hour concierge, residents’ car park and a private cinema. There are also a range of health and wellbeing facilities, including a performance-driven gym designed by former Olympic coach Tim Weeks, a spa and a 17m swimming pool.
From £2.6m for a two-bedroom apartment, 80hollandpark.com
City Road, ECV1
Six architectural fins staggered along the edge of the Atlas draws your eye to the sky, but even without this clever design feature you’d be hard pushed not to gaze up in awe at this striking building. Designed as a direct response to Silicon Roundabout, a cluster of high-tech companies in east London, the Atlas signifies the start of an up-and-coming area in the city. Penthouse and two- and three-bedroom apartments are arranged over 38 floors, each boasting spectacular views across the capital. Residents have access to a host of lifestyle amenities, including a screening room, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a deluxe mezzanine spa with a large swimming pool, hydro pool and steam room.
From £1.977m, jll.co.uk
South Street, W1K
Set behind a striking red-brick Edwardian facade, this six-bedroom house offers a home of epic proportions in the heart of Mayfair. Spread over five floors, the building’s wide design provides 8,513 sq ft of living space, with the reception areas of the ground and first floors alone able to accommodate more than 100 guests. This is further bolstered by the impressive outdoor terraces on the first, second and third floors. Down in the basement, a wellness suite is complete with a bar, sauna, relaxation zone and large swimming pool.
Holland Park Villas, W8
This three-bedroom apartment is located in the sought-after Holland Park Villas development, a private gated community set amongst two acres of landscaped grounds and overlooking one of west London’s most picturesque parks. The home comprises a fully-fitted kitchen and dining room, master bedroom with ensuite bath and shower, two guest bedrooms, one of which benefits from an ensuite, and a private outdoor terrace. Residents of Holland Park Villas also have access to a series of concierge services and amenities, including an 18-seat cinema and a library. There’s also a private 20m swimming pool, a fully-equipped gym and a spa with treatment rooms serviced by trendy wellness brand Bodyism.
The Bishops Avenue, N2
Known as ‘Billionares Row’, The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead is home to 66 stunning mansions, attracting high-net-worth residents (it was once briefly home to Justin Bieber) with its striking architecture and leafy green setting. This manor-style development has been built to blend in with the grand neighbouring homes, but beyond its elegant façade lies a collection of apartments, one of which has recently hit the market. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home has been designed to optimise the natural light, and as such each room is bright and spacious. Residents here benefit from a 12-hour concierge and night security, as well as a range of spa and fitness facilities, including a gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms.
Coleridge Gardens, SW10
This five-bedroom home was built in the 19th century by the reverend Derwent Coleridge as part of a college that trained teachers, and was later merged with Kings College London. In 2003, Kings Chelsea developed the site into a gated community, combining heritage architecture with modern interior design. Along with access to seven-and-a-half acres of landscaped communal gardens, including a serene lake to the rear, residents can enjoy tennis courts and leisure facilities such as a swimming pool, gym and sauna.
Fulham Road, SW10
Originally designed by Edward Blore, an architect best known for his contributions to the design of Buckingham Palace and Government House in Sydney, the Chapel of the College of St Mark was split and renovated into two contemporary family homes, one of which has recently been listed for sale. Interior design firm Thorp Design has made the most of the building’s original features, creating a home with outstanding volume, light and original period windows. Along with four bedrooms and a kitchen extension, the building boasts a large swimming pool and gymnasium in the basement.
Ilchester Place, W14
This grand seven-bedroom house in Holland Park has recently been refurbished to create a contemporary space for family living. Behind the neo-Georgian façade is a modern home spread over six floors, with four reception rooms, nine bathrooms and a landscaped garden. Relaxation can be sought in the basement, where a large pool area, steam room, sauna and gymnasium can be found, along with several changing rooms.
City Road, ECV1
You’ll be hard pushed to find better views of the capital than those seen from the penthouses at 250 City Road. The new Berkeley development near Old Street is home to five two- and three-bedroom penthouse suites styled by Studio 9 and fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the spectacular vista. So good is the view that there’s a 7th floor rooftop fitness terrace where gym bunnies can work out with a backdrop of the London skyline. Residents are privilege to a host of leisure facilities, including a state-of-the-art gym, a yoga studio, a 20m swimming pool and a spa.
From £2.9m for a two-bedroom penthouse, berkeleygroup.co.uk