London is home to a number of picturesque lidos and other swimming spots which will no doubt be getting a lot of use this summer. But once you’ve spent a morning fighting for a sunbed, or attempting to navigate the lanes without being kicked, splashed or glared at, a private swimming pool will probably seem rather appealing.
Lucky for the future owners of these homes, then – who will be able to enjoy a dip at their leisure thanks to 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.
Fulham Reach, W6
The Thames-side apartments at Fulham Reach have exclusive access to a 15-metre swimming pool as part of a spa suite that includes a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. The development’s Tamesis Club also has a gym, private treatment rooms, a 12-seat cinema room, a snooker room, a virtual golf simulator and a wine cellar. Inside the two-bedroom apartments, marble finishes mix with Herringbone flooring in vast, open-plan spaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the development’s award-winning landscaped gardens and courtyards.
Prices start from £999,000 for a two-bedroom property, fulhamreach.com
Sky Villas at Battersea Power Station, SW11
The Sky Villas in Boiler House Square are the jewel in the crown of Battersea Power Station. Set atop the Grade II* listed building, right between the iconic chimneys, these duplex apartments feature private gardens, balconies and roof terraces offering 360-degree views of London’s skyline. Residents also have access to The Spring, which contains a three-lane pool, a gym, treatment rooms, wellness suites and a sauna, in addition to a 5,000 sq ft private residents’ club featuring a bar/restaurant, a screening room, and rooms for private hire.
Prices from £7,000,000 for a three-bedroom property, batterseapowerstation.co.uk
Ennismore Gardens, SW7
This substantial home has been completely rebuilt behind its period façade. It now boasts voluminous proportions, with twin elevators connecting the main house to the ancillary accommodation, which includes a cinema room, gym and exercise pool. The house has eight bedrooms, two reception rooms, and a balcony overlooking gorgeous communal gardens. As if that’s not enough, the Ennismore Gardens property also comprises an interconnecting mews house with further bedrooms and reception rooms – this is a family home and then some.
Guide price: £23,950,000, struttandparker.com
The Westin Residences, EC4V
The Westin Residences by Marriott is a collection of nine contemporary homes located in the historic Queenhithe Dock. These three-bedroom apartments take inspiration from the river, with floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise views, and interiors that mirror the textures and tones of the water. The Residences are separate from The Westin Hotel by Marriot, but, as with most branded residences, the apartments will have direct and private access to the hotel’s facilities, which comprise over 3,500 sq ft of spa and wellness amenities including a swimming pool, exercise studios, a TRX workout space and therapy rooms.
Prices from £4,230,000-£6,250,000, jll.co.uk
Oakley Street, SW3
This unique property has been cleverly redesigned by the owner to create a bright and airy double-height living space set around a central courtyard, which is perfect for year-round al-fresco entertaining. The garden is particularly special, stretching 40m in length (which is rare for such a centrally-located property); it boasts a 12m heated swimming pool and west-facing terrace, beautiful landscaping with specimen planting, and a summer house complete with a kitchenette, shower-room and sauna. Inside, find a formal double reception room overlooking the dining area, a separate sitting room with a feature window, and a principal bedroom occupying the entire first floor.
Guide price: £9,350,000, tedworth.co.uk
80 Holland Park, W11
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 gym designed by former Olympic coach Tim Weeks, and a 17m swimming pool.
Prices from £5,950,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, 80hollandpark.com
250 City Road, EC1V
You’ll be hard-pushed to find better views of the capital than those from the penthouses at 250 City Road. The Old Street development is home to five two- and three-bedroom penthouse suites fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the spectacular vista. There’s even a seventh-floor rooftop fitness terrace, where gym bunnies can work out with a backdrop of the London skyline. Residents are also privy to a host of leisure facilities, including a gym, a yoga studio, 20m swimming pool and spa.
Prices from £817,000 - £1,995,000, berkeleygroup.co.uk
Riverside Quarter, SW18
The Borough of Wandsworth, despite playing host to a fair few affluent areas, had plenty of room for regeneration. Now, the area's potential has been realised with the development of a new living quarter right on the Thames. The ten buildings across Riverside Quarter, spread over ten acres, contain 554 private apartments surrounded by manicured gardens and boasting waterside views towards Hurlingham. The leisure facilities are also second-to-none, including a lap pool and gym on top of the family pool and gym in Coptain House.
Prices start at £795,000, riversidequarter.com