This time last year only a brave few had dipped their toe into the King’s Cross Pond Club for the very first time. A year on, the Pond Club project has blossomed into one of London’s most-loved amenities, and is ready for a whole new batch of summer swimmers.
This month, Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club, the UK’s first ever public swimming pond and wackiest bit of public art, has its first birthday. Run by Fusion Lifestyle, the pond is in fact a giant art installation, designed by architects Ooze and artist Marjetica Potrč.
In 2015 over 20,000 people braved the unheated temperatures to experience the fresh-water bathing pond in the heart of the King’s Cross neighbourhood. This year life at the pond is looking even better, with a summer events programme and a host of plant species springing into life, ready to be explored.
Those coming to visit the pond this summer will be able to bathe in the 40-metre long pond, surrounded by wild flowers, grass and deck chairs.
With space for 40 bathers, the pond is entirely chemical-free, purified through a natural, closed-loop process using wetland and submerged water plants to filter the water and keep it clear. 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.
Speaking about the summer of fun at the Pond, Ian Freshwater, Argent, said:
“We’re delighted the pond was such a success last year and the introduction of a hot water shower is making it even more popular. One of the most special things about the pond is that it is ever-changing, adapting to its surrounding and forming new life as it grows. We hope visitors will be as excited to visit the pond this year, as they were dipping their toe in the pond for the first time last year.”
Talking about the Pond a year on, Penny Arnold, Commercial and Operations Director from Fusion Lifestyle said:
“The installation has been a huge success and provides a unique, accessible and affordable swimming experience to the local community. The innovative plan to create something so natural in such an urban environment was something we were incredibly excited to be a part of and the benefits it has brought to the area in the past year is testament to the quality of its creation.”
The pond is open Monday-Friday from 7am-dusk, 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.