Being an Aussie, I enjoy swimming. Hampstead Heath has a public lido lined with aluminium rather than tiles. The aluminium creates a beautiful shimmering effect making the water shine. Nearby lies another swimming hole which seems more interesting. From a distance it looks quaint, inviting and very cold. The entrance looks innocuous enough.
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Body of young man pulled out of Hampstead Heath bathing ponds - MyLondon
Hampstead Heath Ponds are a series of some thirty bodies of water on or adjacent to Hampstead Heath , a vast open area of woodland and grassland in north London. The main ponds were originally dug in the 17th and 18th centuries as reservoirs to meet London's growing water demand. Both sets of ponds are officially numbered incrementally from South to North, the southernmost pond being Hampstead no. The majority of the ponds on Hampstead Heath are fed by the headwater springs of the River Fleet. The bathing ponds are not the only special-use ponds, however: Highgate no.
Hampstead Heath to Lose Scenes of a Sexual Nature?
The first time a friend took me "up the Heath", cruising in the woods at the top of London's Hampstead Heath, I was terrified and turned on in equal measure. Being summer, it was still quite light, but most people have had a lifetime of being warned about men lurking in the woods - and here I was taking two buses to get to them. Going "up the Heath" is a bit of a rite of passage for many gay men, often the first time you've done the anonymous sex thing, and it's something you are usually initiated into by a friend who already goes up there.
Not registered? Register here. Still home to a large collection of clubs and pubs, of course — the Admiral Duncan , Shadow Lounge , G-A-Y — and therefore still a mecca for tourists and out-of-towners. The Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been a welcoming destination for gays since the Second World War, and the adjoining Pleasure Gardens contain a popular canoodling hummock more recently dubbed Brokeback Mountain.