Our top 5 urban swim spots

Helsinki Sea Pool

You don't necessarily need to travel to remote spots to enjoy outdoor swimming. There are many great urban swimming destinations that you might have never considered. Here are our top 5 urban swim spots.

1 - London

Discover urban swimming at its finest at the Royal Docks. Swim past the huge cranes and skyscrapers as planes take off overhead. A real London experience. Open all year round.

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Royal Victoria Dock London

2 - New York

Join the Brooklyn hipsters and Russian immigrants at Brighton Beach, also the home of legendary open water swimming club Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers.

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Brighton Beach Ny

3 - Helsinki

The Allas Sea Pool has three outdoor pools, including one fed with sea water. Or head to Löyly for a suana and a dip in the Baltic, followed by a cocktail on the rooftop bar.

allasseapool.fi

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Helsinki Sea Pool

4 - Greater Manchester

The Salford Quays make for another thrilling urban experience as you swim past huge buildings and under an iron footbridge.

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Salford Quays From South Bank Of Msc 2008

5 - Copenhagen

As well as beaches, Copenhagen is home to outdoor pools, harbour baths and sea pools - many open all year round for winter swimmers.

visitcopenhagen.com

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