Cool off at Canary Wharf with Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming in Canary Wharf's Middle Dock

If you’re feeling the heat in the capital at the moment, make your way to Canary Wharf’s Middle Dock and take the plunge into its cool waters.

London’s newest and most iconic swimming venue is open from now until the end of September, and is set to attract hundreds of swimmers of all abilities over the summer, including newbies, open water swimming enthusiasts and triathlon competitors.

Love Open Water

The scheme has been launched in partnership with swimming operator, Love Open Water, the Canal & River Trust  and NOWCA, the UK’s largest network of safe open water venues. It’s Love Open Water who are operating a team of highly qualified lifeguards and safety crew at every swim session. And they’re also carrying out regular water testing to ensure the 600-metre course is clean and safe to swim in.

How do I get there?  

To get to Middle Dock, access the pontoon across from the Humble Grape on Mackenzie Walk. You’ll also find changing huts there too.

What are the costs?  

To enjoy a swim in Middle Dock, simply purchase a NOWCA membership for £15.00 per year, which grants you access to over 40 NOWCA affiliated UK locations. Then pay £8 per three to four hour session or take part in the free NOWCA Swim event.

“Our aim is to help make open water more accessible, to more people, and most importantly more safely…We are really excited to be part of this fantastic new venue at Canary Wharf as it will open more swimming possibilities in the East London area.” Rick Kiddle, Founder and CEO, NOWCA


What else is on this summer?

As well as open water swimming, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy over the summer at Canary Wharf.

There are also hundreds of cafés, bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a post swim recovery meal (or drink), including Hawksmoor Wood Wharf, Caravan, Seoul Bird, Marugame Udon and Gallio.   

“Canary Wharf has over 20 acres of parks, gardens and squares and a key objective is to open up the water for our residents, visitors and business customers to reconnect with nature.” Shobi Khan, CEO, Canary Wharf Group.