Wild Swimming in the City

Venue: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
Date: 6th May 2015. 18:30 – 20:00

From lidos to ponds, the sea to the mighty Thames, swimmers are returning to the great outdoors.

A new pond is about to open in the Knowledge Quarter, behind the British Library in the King’s Cross development site, while plans are afoot for a floating bath at Temple Stairs on the Embankment.

Why the resurgence in outdoor swimming? Join Caitlin Davies, author of Downstream, a new history and celebration of swimming in the Thames, for a panel discussion on urban swimming past, present, and future.

Panelists include Ness Knight, who in 2013 became the first woman to swim the length of the non-tidal Thames, Anna Strongman from Argent developers who will talk about the new King’s Cross Pond Club, and Chris Romer-Lee, co-founder of the Thames Baths Project.

Before the event there will also be a chance to see a rare 1595 swimming manual, The Art of Swimming, in the Treasures of the British Library gallery.

Cost: Full Price: £8.00, Senior 60+: £6.00, Student: £5.00, Registered Unemployed: £5.00, Under 18: £5.00, Friend of the BL: £5.00

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