Despite its reputation for rain, London has been experiencing anything but this summer. The relentless heat might come as a surprise for travelers, but thankfully the city is well equipped to deal with it, and it's robust outdoor swimming pools are already reporting a roaring trade. It's only a matter of time before crowding becomes a problem, but those wise enough to pick out a hotel with a pool wont get caught out of water.
Londonís outdoor swimming venues have been doing a roaring trade as people seek a watery escape from the heatwave temperatures of the last week. In the ponds on Hampstead Heath and the many elegant lidos scattered throughout the city - including the newly reopened Charlton Lido - the capitalís sun-starved inhabitants have been rediscovering that when the heat is on, thereís nothing quite like taking the plunge.
Swimming outdoors is not only invigorating and inspiring, it is good for you Ė as the Prime Minister David Cameron demonstrated last month when ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland he let it be known that he had taken a 6am dip in Loch Erne.