Get ready to bathe in art!
Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club is a new art installation in the form of a natural bathing pond – right in the middle of the King’s Cross development site.
It is the UK’s first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pond.
Visiting the Pond Club
The pond is open Monday-Friday from 8am-8.30pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 8am-dusk.
Tickets are available for designated sessions throughout the day, and two weeks in advance. Prices range from £3.50 to £6.50 for peak swims and non-swimmers will be able to visit the pond at a discounted rate.
Full information and tickets are available at the King’s Cross Pond Club website.
Toilets, lockers, changing rooms and hot showers are available, but there are no hair-dryers or vanity areas, so you need to come prepared!
A qualified lifeguard will always be on duty during opening hours.
Eating and Drinking
The pond is a food and alcohol-free zone, however you’ll find lots of eating and drinking options nearby. If you’re planning a picnic, then the green space adjacent to the pond, Lewis Cubitt Park is a great choice. You can pick up lunch at street food market KERB just across the way in Lewis Cubitt Square.
Just next to the pond is the Skip Garden Kitchen, operated by our friends and neighbours at Global Generation. The kitchen serves food made with organic produce grown right there in the Skip Garden. Or check the restaurant listing for details of the many great restaurants, cafés and bars at King’s Cross.
About the King’s Cross Pond Club
The 40 metre long pond has space for 40 bathers and is entirely chemical free.
The water is purified through a natural, closed-loop process process using wetland and submerged water plants to filter the water and keep it clear. The pond is surrounded by wild flowers and grasses that change with the season.
The pond was engineered and built by Europe’s leading natural pool designers BIOTOP and its UK partner, Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd.
The installation aims to make us think about the relationship between nature and the urban environment – the permanence of buildings and the changing nature of undeveloped spaces.
The architects and artist discuss the project in the video below.