Swim Serpentine postponed to 2023

Swim Serpentine 2022, scheduled to take place in London this Saturday, has been cancelled due to preparations for the State Funeral of HM The Queen

It has recently been announced that Swim Serpentine, which was due to be held in Hyde Park, London on Saturday 17 September, has been postponed to September 2023.

The event, which in previous years has seen some 6,000 participants take on half-mile, one-mile or two-mile swims in Hyde Park’s famous Serpentine Lake, will no longer take place this weekend due to the preparations for the State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II on Monday. Hyde Park, along with the other Royal Parks in central London, will be a public viewing location for the ceremony and procession.

Defer or full refund

All entrants for Swim Serpentine 2022 are being offered the choice to defer their entry to 2023 or receive a full refund.

Hugh Brasher, Event Director for London Marathon Events, the organisers of Swim Serpentine, said, “We know this will be very disappointing for everyone who has trained so hard for the event, but we hope everyone will understand the reasons it cannot take place next Saturday.”

Swim Serpentine will now take place in September 2023 – an exact date is yet to be confirmed. For more information visit

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Abi writes swimming news stories and features for the Outdoor Swimmer website and manages the social media channels. She loves to swim, run, hike and SUP close to her home in Herefordshire. While she’s a keen wild swimmer, Abi is new to the world of open water events and recently completed her first open water mile. She has previously written for The Guardian, BBC Countryfile Magazine, BBC History Magazine and Ernest Journal.