London Aquatics Centre

Come and swim in the pools of champions, in one of London 2012’s best-known venues.

The London Aquatics Centre is open. All sessions must be pre-booked via the Better app or website. Please visit our latest coronavirus updates page for more information.  

Designed for swimmers of all abilities, from absolute beginners to Olympic and Paralympic champions. London Aquatics Centre offers a wide-ranging programme of activities; fun family sessions, lane swimming, diving, swimming  and diving lessons, community swim sessions and other aquatic disciplines! The facilities are second-to-none – so much so that the centre is the training ground of Tom Daley! 

In 2012, the spectacular London Aquatics Centre, designed by architect Zaha Hadid, provided the breathtaking backdrop to countless world records and Ellie Simmonds’ dramatic swim into the history books. 

Now everyone can feel the thrill of swimming under that familiar wave-like roof and enjoy some of the best community swimming facilities in the country for the same price as local leisure centre swimming pools. And, with a total seating capacity of 2,500, watch out for world class events taking place in future. More information is available on the London Aquatics Centre website in the link below.


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London Aquatics Centre
  • London Aquatics Centre played host to a number of historic moments during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games including Ellie Simmonds defending her 400m freestyle Paralympics title and smashing the record in the process and Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time.

  • This Olympic-sized, 50-metre pool has ten lanes and is up to three metres deep, making it ideal for confident and experienced swimmers.

    In day to day operation, the competition pool offers lane swimming for competent swimmers only - you should be able to swim 100m in a recognised stroke to use this pool.

  • The training pool also offers an Olympic quality 50 metre, eight lane pool which will often be split in two, creating a safe and fun swimming environment for swimmers of all levels.

    This pool hosts a range of family fun sessions including Aqua Splash inflatable sessions as well as swimming lessons and general swimming.

  • The diving pool is configured for competition level diving, and is often used for coaching, teaching and instructed courses.  

    London Aquatics Centre also contains a separate dry-land training facility with trampoline, springboards, foam pits and harness.

    From spring 2015, British Swimming have run a High Diving Performance Centre at the London Aquatics Centre, with the support of the London Legacy Development Corporation and Greenwich Leisure Limited. The Tom Daley Diving Academy is comprised of a series of diving courses which run on a weekly basis as well as intensive holiday courses for children and adults of all abilities.

    Find out more at Tom Daley's Diving Academy.

  • Get fit at the 50-station gym with state-of-the-art equipment from Technogym.  

    A new gym is also under development and will open as soon as it possible to do so, given the current worldwide health situation.

  • There is spectator seating for 2,500 permanent seats, with the potential to expand to 3,500 with additional temporary seats. For competitions, there is a state-of-the-art touch timing system, scoreboard and starting blocks. International swimming events since reopening have included the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, the 2016 European Aquatics Championships and the FINA World Diving Series.

  • These include a café, changing facilities, crèche, meeting rooms, seminars and sports science space.

    • The three pools contain 10 million litres of water and are lined with 180,000 tiles.
    • There are almost 600,000 tiles in the whole building. Paralympic swimmer Liz Johnson laid the last tile in April 2011.
    • The spectacular wave-like roof is 160m long and up to 80m wide – giving it a longer single span than Heathrow Terminal 5.
    • It rests on just three concrete supports.
    • The building is 45m high.
    • The aluminium roof has 50 per cent recycled content.
    • London Aquatics Centre uses 32 per cent less potable (drinking) water compared to other pools. This is achieved by using low flow fittings and recycling water
    • Over 5 million visits from March 2014 to May 2019
  • Sport England invested £34 million of National Lottery funding into the building of the London Aquatics Centre, including £5 million towards the transformation of the venue which helped us open it to the public. 

    This funding has ensured the two 50m pools as well as the diving pool all have movable floors and booms to enable maximum use of the water space.
  • A lot of ground breaking work has gone into the London Aquatics Centre to make sure the building uses the least amount of water and energy as possible.
    Our energy work includes:

    Turning down all pool pumps

    The training and competition pool pumps have now been turned down to 85% of their power during the day, and 70% during the night, and the diving pool maintaining at 70% 24/7 in line with its use.  This still keeps the pools crystal-clear, whilst saving £35,000 of energy a year.

    Upgrading the heating and cooling systems

    The air conditioning in the building has been upgraded with new controls.  This allows cooling using outside air when cold enough instead of using energy to cool it down, and ensures heating is only used when necessary.

    Recycling hot air

    The main competition pool hall is now kept at 27oC using “destratification fans”.  These fans blow the rising warm air back down to pool level, protecting expensive equipment in the roof whilst making sure swimmers are the perfect temperature whilst at pool side.

    District energy network heat reduction

    The building is connected to the Park’s district energy network, and has significantly reduced the amount of heat it needs.  This helps the whole network run more efficiently, and the wider Park more energy efficient.

    New innovations for energy efficiency

    Our newest innovation will be a variable flow rate chiller, which will use less energy to cool the building down, whilst enabling heat generated through the chilling process to heat the 50m training pool.


    We’re making sure the London Aquatics Centre’s 10 million litres of water is reused as much as possible by:

    Reusing pool water for toilets

    Our backwash recovery system collects water used in the pool, using it to flush all the toilets in the building.  This saves nearly two Olympic swimming pools worth of water every year.

    New innovations

    A new reverse osmosis system will allow us to recycle most of the pools' water, whilst keeping it clean.  This means less new water will need to be introduced into the pools.


    This work has resulted in 601 tonnes of CO2 being saved since 2014  which continues to reduce  equivalent to a 61% reduction in operational emissions intensity. In addition, the London Aquatics Centre has achieved an 18% reduction in water consumption against the 2014 baseline.