The Central London swimming pool hosted the Queen, The Beatles and naturists during its near 50-year run
One of London’s most historic swimming pools is set to close in April, it has been announced.
The University London Union (ULU) swimming pool is located at the University of London on Malet Street and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Among those who enjoy its services are Naturist London – a community of volunteers who promote and organise social naturist activities in London.
In a statement released on social media the group described the pending closure of the swimming pool as “extremely sad news” and believe that “Central London will lose a special piece of its heritage” if plans go ahead.
The venue is home to the largest indoor pool in Central London. It is 33 metres long and has a maximum depth of 3.4 metres at its deepest point.
The Sunday Naturist swim has been running at the ULU swimming pool since 2012. Before the nationwide lockdown, the group held weekly two hour swim sessions that regularly attracted an average of 70 people in the first 10 weeks of lockdown.
Remarkably, the highest attendance that the group ever had in a single day was a staggering 122 people in February 2017.
However, it will be a tall order for the group to find an alternative location after lockdown restrictions are lifted and their home of nearly 10 years is no longer an option.
Source: My London
Original publication 24 March, 2021
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