A Dip in The Dock: Open Water Swimming at Canary Wharf Opens for Summer – 11.07.22

  • Londoners can enjoy safe swimming in the Thames at Middle Dock
  • 600 metres of swimming space open until the end of September

Canary Wharf has opened its first open water swimming venue as London heats up for summer, residents, visitors and workers can take a dip the Middle Dock waters and enjoy views of the iconic One Canada Square and Newfoundland whilst swimming.

Open until the end of September, the initiative has launched in partnership with established swimming operator, Love Open Water, and the Canal & River Trust who are celebrating 10 years of bringing the UK’s waterways to life. With a 600-metre course to explore, the new spot is expected to be used by swimmers of all levels, from triathlon trainers to those just starting to dip their toes into the world of open water swimming, which is now one of the fastest growing activities in the UK.

Supported by NOWCA, the UK’s largest network of safe open water venues, Love Open Water ensure that the water at Canary Wharf undergoes comprehensive testing twice a month to meet an ‘Excellent’ rating level according to EU Bathing Standards criteria, meaning it is clean and safe to swim in. Every session is lifeguarded and can be enjoyed by all abilities and skill levels over the age of 10.

To access the Middle Dock, would-be swimmers should access the pontoon across from Humble Grape on Mackenzie Walk, where they will find changing huts to get ready ahead of their swim.

To enjoy the new spot, swimmers just need to purchase a NOWCA membership for £15.00 per year – granting them access to over 40 NOWCA affiliated UK locations – with sessions running throughout the week including weekends. Open water swimming sessions are charged at £8 per three- four-hour session, or you can take part in the free NOWCA Swim event that will be offered regularly. Members can also benefit from the ACTiO app which allows swimmers to book and pay online, check their swim stats and update emergency contacts and medical information.

Ros Daniels, Canal & River Trust Regional Director for London & Southeast said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Canary Wharf Group to licence an area of London Docklands where people can experience open water swimming safely under the supervision of lifeguards and where the water quality will be routinely tested.

“Unless taking part in a supervised event with all the safety measures in place, our advice is to stay out of the water. The risks of going in unsupervised are very real – the water can be far colder than expected, even on the hottest of days, and objects submerged below the surface can present a very real risk.”

Shobi Khan, CEO, Canary Wharf Group, said: “Canary Wharf has over 20 acres of parks, gardens and squares and a key objective is to open up the water for our residents, visitors and business customers to reconnect with nature. We launched electric GoBoat London here last year and we are hosting the paddleboard APP World Tour in August. This is an exciting time for Canary Wharf with incredible events, arts exhibitions and new restaurant openings planned for this Summer including Festival14 from 21st – 24th July.”

Rick Kiddle, Founder and CEO of NOWCA said: “Our aim is to help make open water more accessible, to more people, and most importantly more safely. We support over 40 venues nationwide with our safety systems and we have worked with Love Open Water for a decade now. We are really excited to be part of this fantastic new venue at Canary Wharf as it will open more swimming possibilities in the East London area.”

Love Open Water operates a team of highly qualified lifeguards and safety crew at every swim session, whilst also running regular water testing using independent experts to deliver a safe swimming environment using the latest cutting-edge technology.

Swimming is a welcome addition to the Estate’s huge mix of summer activities including GoBoats, free to play minigolf and Canary Wharf’s dazzling Summer Lights exhibition – a trail of 17 artworks which come to life during sunlight hours.

With hundreds of cafés, bars and restaurants, Canary Wharf offers plenty of options to choose from when it’s time to refuel post swim. New restaurant openings include Hawksmoor Wood Wharf, Caravan, Seoul Bird, Marugame Udon, Gallio and Emilia’s Crafted Pasta.

Click here to find out more about swimming at Canary Wharf this summer


For further information, please contact:

Press Office
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166
E: pressoffice@canarywharf.com

Notes to Editors

About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) is the developer of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. CWG develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 9 million square feet of mixed-use space and over 1,100 Build to Rent apartments. 

CWG is the largest sustainable developer in the UK and also excels operationally as it has purchased 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2012 and sent zero waste to landfill since 2009. 

CWG has created a 24/7 city where people can live, work and thrive on the Canary Wharf estate and enjoy all the benefits: great transport links, access to green spaces and waterside living; and a wide range of amenities including an award-winning arts and events programme. Canary Wharf’s retail offering comprises over 300 shops, including grocery stores, pharmacies, health clubs, bars and restaurants, all within 15 minutes’ walk. 

The Company’s current £2bn construction activity and pipeline includes more than 500k square feet NIA of commercial properties and over 2,300 new homes for sale and rent.

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About Love Open Water

Love Open Water has a group of eight open water swimming locations across England. A team of highly qualified lifeguards and safety crew are available at every swim session and water quality is tested regularly using independent experts. They are part of the NOWCA affiliated venue network, delivering a safe swimming environment using the latest cutting-edge technology.



NOWCA is the UK’s largest network of safe open water venues with over 40 locations and 35,000 members nationwide. Their integrated safety system is tailored for open water activities and demonstrates a venue’s commitment to swimmer safety. Using their unique and robust technology, venues are able to manage swimmers more safely and efficiently.


About Canal & River Trust

The Canal & River Trust cares for and brings to life 2,000 miles of canals and river navigations across England & Wales.  We believe waterways have the power to make a difference to people’s lives and that spending time by water can make us all healthier and happier. By bringing communities together to make a difference to their local waterway, we are creating places and spaces that can be used and enjoyed by everyone, every day.