Free Swimming for Under 16's and Over 60's

Free swimming is available for all under 18's and over 60's in London Borough of Hackney leisure centre's. To gain access, users only required to have a valid Pay and Play membership for a London Borough of Hackney leisure centre operated by Better.

Disabled users and their carers are also additionally able to use London Fields Lido.

For more information or to join please visit a leisure centre or go online to the Britannia Leisure Centre website.  

The pools eligible for the above are:


Swimming is great at any age. Whether you want to improve your technique, get fit, meet new friends, compete or have fun, you're sure to find a pool session that you'll love. All Swimming Classes can be seen on the weekly programme. 



Booking policy

All of our public swim sessions are booked on a first come first serve basis at reception (this does not include classes or lessons). During particularly busy public swim times, the pool may reach its maximum capacity.  In this case the centre will operate a one-in, one out policy.  If pre-booking of a space is required due to a medical condition, customers should contact the centre by phone in order to avoid disappointment.  

Britannia - 020 7729 4485



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Swim For Fitness

If you’re looking for a low-impact way to get fit and healthy, swimming could be the perfect choice. And whatever your fitness levels, age or level of ability, you’re sure to find a session for you at the Britannia Leisure Centre. Our Swim for Fitness sessions take place in slow, medium and fast lanes, so you can take things at your own pace.

Pool Timetable

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Swim School

Our swim school programme is designed to be flexible and affordable. Our experienced, qualified teachers follow the Amateur Swimming Association's National Learn to Swim Teaching Plan. We support all swimmers to progress and take the plunge, whatever their level of ability. Suitable for all age groups, our classes include:

  • One-to-one sessions
  • Under 5s
  • Junior Learn to Swim Lessons
  • Adult lessons
  • And much, much more...

Lessons are delivered on a rolling programme that allows pupils to join at any stage and progress at their own pace. Our lessons operate for 50 weeks of the year with a gap in lessons over the Christmas period.

On your first visit you can collect your child's membership card from reception. You'll also get a free swimming hat from your swimming teacher, which should be worn for every lesson.


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Better Swim Memberships

If it's just swimming that you're interested in, our single activity swimming membership means you'll get unlimited access to swimming.If you're looking to use the gym and classes too, we offer a wide range of memberships with options to suit every budget. Everything from Pay and Play, to monthly or annual Prepaid memberships. What’s more, we won’t tie you in to a long term contract, giving you greater flexibility.