Canary Wharf launches new open water swimming spot in the heart of Docklands

The 220-year-old Middle Dock, where dozens of ships were once loaded with exports, will have 600 square meters of open water to swim against the backdrop of the skyscrapers of One Canada Square and Newfoundland .

It will be open every day until the end of September and supervised by lifeguards.

The initiative was launched in partnership with the Canal & River Trust, swimming operator Love Open Water and NOWCA, the UK’s largest network of safe open water venues.

Canary Wharf CEO Shobi Khan said: “Canary Wharf has over 20 acres of parkland, gardens and plazas and a key aim is to open the water to our residents, visitors and business customers. “

Rick Kiddle, Founder and CEO of NOWCA, said, “Our goal is to help make open water more accessible, to more people, and most importantly, safer. We support over 40 locations across the country with our security systems and have worked with Love Open Water for a decade now.

“We are really excited to be part of this fantastic new venue in Canary Wharf as it will open up more bathing opportunities in the East London area.”

Ros Daniels, Canal & River Trust’s Regional Director for London and the South East, said: ‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with Canary Wharf Group to license an area of ​​London’s Docklands where people can experience wild swimming in complete safety under the supervision of lifeguards and where the quality of the water will be regularly tested.