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London Aquatics Centre

Come and swim in the pools of champions, in one of London 2012’s best-known venues.

Designed for swimmers of all abilities, from absolute beginners to Olympic and Paralympic champions, London Aquatics Centre offers a wide-ranging programme of activities, from fun and family sessions, lane swimming, diving, swimming lessons, diving lessons, community swim sessions and other aquatic disciplines. The facilities are second-to-none – so much so that Tom Daley has made it his new training ground.

In 2012, the spectacular London Aquatics Centre, designed by architect Zaha Hadid, provided the breathtaking backdrop to countless world records and Ellie Simmonds’ dramatic swim into the history books. 

Now everyone will be able to feel the thrill of swimming under that familiar wave-like roof, and enjoy some of the best community swimming facilities in the country for the same price as local leisure centre swimming pools. And, with a total seating capacity of 2,500, watch out for world class events taking place in future.

There is plenty of useful information for people planning to come down and swim available on Better's website.

The Competition Pool

This Olympic sized, 50 metre pool has ten lanes and is up to three metres deep, making it ideal for confident and experienced swimmers.

In day to day operation, the competition pool offers lane swimming for competent swimmers only - you should be able to swim 100m in a recognised stroke to use this pool.

The training pool

The training pool also offers an Olympic quality 50 metre, eight lane pool which will often be split in two, creating a safe and fun swimming environment for swimmers of all levels.

This pool hosts a range of family fun sessions includng Aqua Splash inflatable sessions as well as swimming lessons and general swimming.

Diving facilities

The diving pool is configured for competition level diving, and is normally used for coaching, teaching and instructed courses.  

London Aquatics Centre also contains a separate dry-land training facility with trampoline, springboards, foam pits and harness.

In November 2013 it was announced that British Swimming have agreed a deal with London Legacy Development Corporation and Greenwich Leisure Limited to launch a High Diving Performance Centre at the London Aquatics Centre from spring 2014. The Tom Daley Diving Academy is comprised of a series of diving courses which run on a weekly basis as well as intensive holiday courses for children and adults of all abilities.

Find out more at http://www.better.org.uk/promotions/tom-daley-diving-academy

State-of-the-art gym

Get fit at the 50-station gym with state-of-the-art equipment from Technogym.  

Watch world-class swimming

There will be spectator seating for 2,500 permanent seats, with the potential to expand to 3,500 with additional temporary seats. For competitions, there is a state-of-the-art touch timing system, scoreboard and starting blocks.

Other facilities

These include a café, changing facilities, crèche, meeting rooms, seminars and sports science space.

London Aquatics Centre played host to a number of historic moments during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games including Ellie Simmonds defending her 400m freestyle Paralympics title and smashing the record in the process and Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time.

  • The three pools contain 10 million litres of water and are lined with 180,000 tiles
  • There are almost 600,000 tiles in the whole building. Paralympic swimmer Liz Johnson laid the last tile in April 2011
  • The spectacular wave-like roof is 160m long and up to 80m wide – giving it a longer single span than Heathrow Terminal 5. It rests on just three concrete supports
  • The building is 45m high
  • The aluminium roof has 50 per cent recycled content
  • London Aquatics Centre uses 32 per cent less potable (drinking) water compared to other pools. This is achieved by using low flow fittings and recycling water

Sport England

Sport England invested £34 million of National Lottery funding into the building of the London Aquatics Centre, including £5 million towards the transformation of the venue which helped us open it to the public. 

This funding has ensured the two 50m pools as well as the diving pool all have movable floors and booms to enable maximum use of the water space. 

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Opening hours

MON - SUN 6am - 10.30pm

0208 536 3150