Queen Mother Sports Centre

London - Central, England, UNITED KINGDOM

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Facility Overview

Facility Name
Queen Mother Sports Centre
Address
223 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Victoria
London - Central, England SW1V 1EL
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone
(020) 7798 2040

Adult Admission Price & Policy

Drop-in/Casual
£6.60. [October, 2018]
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Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
25m x 17m, 6 lanes, 0.9m - 1.7m depth , indoors , 27º - 28ºC (81º - 82ºF)
Diving
One 1m diving board.

Location

Location
Behind (and very convenient to) Victoria Station. Nearest tube: Victoria
Historical County
Greater London More Information
GPS
51.493335, -0.140594

Teams That Use This Facility

Masters Swim
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Masters Swim
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Youth Swim
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Water Polo
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Synchro Swim
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Synchro Swim
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Facility Notes

The pool usually has four lanes for swimmers of slow, "getting faster" and two fast lanes.

Facility Reviews

Rating: 6 on a scale of 10. Crowded, many breaststrokers in the freestyle lane, making it hard to swim hard.
Nice facilities, but at 29ºC. (84ºF.), it's too hot for training.
Nice and clean. Not crowded at 8 AM. Two lanes with lane lines, the rest, a free-for-all. Water too warm; probably 86ºF (30ºC).
Busy, especially evenings. Staff laissez-faire.
Not too warm: ~82º F (28ºC). Very crowded at 6 PM on a Monday, but bright, clean, and good for a workout.
The change rooms have been recently renovated; they are pleasant but there are not enough benches, so they get very crowded. Lane discipline has gone downhill. There a lot of very slow swimmers in the fast lane - and aggressive with it! It's getting hotter all the time - 30ºC. This pool used to be a pleasure but is now very disappointing.
[June, 2013]
Swam at 8:30 a.m. on a weekday; the crowd was modest and lane speed was being followed by all. Medium seemed to mean "okay for breast stroke" and I didn't encounter any breaststrokers in the fast lane. Agree on the locker room comment -- much improved.
[May, 2014]
I swam here in October, 2014, in the morning. Eight swimmers per lane. A little cold. But I still got a decent workout.
[December, 2014]
The lap pool is clean, not over-chlorinated, but slightly on the warm side. Between 8 and 9 AM on a Thursday, there were two to four swimmers per lane. Decent speed regulation. Pull buoys and small kickboards are available poolside. The communal shower area is a bit cramped; the showers and changing areas reasonably clean.
[April, 2015]
During a late morning weekday visit, I found the water a good cool temperature for swimming. The fast and medium lanes were not crowded or aggressive.

Towel hire is £2 with a £5 deposit. The changing room is upstairs, then down stairs. It is single sex communal and the lockers take a £1 returnable deposit.
[November, 2017]
I swim here regularly. At 27º - 28º, the pool temperature is better than it was years ago - not too hot for faster swimming. Cleanliness, however, is a problem. This is a council pool managed by a third-party management company that does a terrible job. It has a very high use by many different groups but that is not an excuse. You shouldn't worry about bacteria, as there is so much chlorine in the water that you will be well and truly sterilized by the time you get out. The lanes are often busy but they're a decent width for over-taking, which you will need as the lifeguards, like most of the staff here, have a horrible work-ethic. The lanes are marked slow, medium, etc. but nobody takes any notice - it can get pretty chaotic. The change rooms are in appalling state, as are the toilets (faeces smeared on walls, etc.). It is an OK choice in a city with very poor public swimming options - at least they keep it a decent temperature.
[October, 2018]