Printed Date: 23/01/2018

GLL tops the chart for best London pools

GLL, the charitable social enterprise, were proud to announce today that four out five of London’s best swimming pools are operated by GLL under its ‘Better’ brand, according to results published in the Evening Standard.


The four GLL-run venues include the newly reopened London Aquatics Centre, a former Olympic venue that boasts two 50 metre pools; Crystal Palace National Sports Centre where former Olympian Blake Aldridge provides the demonstration dives for the programme Splash!; Marshall Street Baths, a newly restored Grade II-listed Victorian pool; and the London Fields Lido, the city’s only outside 50 metre heated pool located in London Fields park. Charlton Lido will be London’s only other outside 50 metre heated pool when it is officially reopened this spring, also run by GLL. The fifth venue in the poll was The Berkeley, a privately-run roof top pool in West London.

The Evening Standard poll coincided with the official reopening of the London Aquatics Centre this weekend, since it was closed for refurbishment after the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. The event saw a programme of activities throughout its official opening on 1 and 2 March, such as synchronised swimming from Britain’s Got Talent’s Aquabatix, freestyle stunt diving from Dive Dynamics, and a spectacular ten metre dive from Tom Daley, who won a bronze medal for diving at the venue during the Games in 2012.

Mark Sesnan, Managing Director for GLL, said, “Its fantastic news that four out of five of the best pools in the poll are operated by us, and it’s a testament to the hard work that everyone puts into running our top class facilities. As a non-profit organisation, we are committed to investing back into the facilities that we operate. This ensures that local communities will benefit from the best swimming experience at an affordable price, and to a quality comparable with privately run facilities such as The Berkeley.”

GLL is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise, which runs over 130 sport and leisure centres across the UK, as well as 26 libraries.  Mark Sesnan added, “We are adding services all the time, and expanding into new parts of the country. We are also exploring new ways to improve our facilities for members and communities and intend to carry on making life in our communities even better.”