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The wild swimming lake where you can kayak and paddle board on a hot summer day

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With the heat upon us in London, staying cool and hydrated while enjoying the sunshine is key.

As temperatures are set to reach as high at 32C in the capital, it’s important to be prepared and plan ahead.

With most lidos and pools set to be rammed with Londoners and their children looking to cool off in the hot weather, those in search of an alternative swim are in luck.

Beckenham Place Park offers a beautiful lake where Londoners can take part in wild swimming and escape from inflatable toys and uncontrollable splashing.

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During the heatwave what better way to cool off than in open water

Swimmers must be over the age of eight and are advised to wear a wetsuit in the open water as temperatures can reach as low as 14C, which is perfect when you need to cool down from a 32C heatwave.

The 285m-long swimming lake reaches 3.5m deep in some parts, so those looking to take a dip must be able to confidently swim 25 metres and wear a tow-float.

This South East London gem resides in Lewisham’s largest green space spanning over 237 acres of land.

Not only is the lake great for swimming, it is also a unique place to paddle board and kayak right in the heart of the capital.

The lake is quietly nestled in Beckenham Park which means visitors can enjoy both the lake and the park in one day.

The park has so much to offer including a tour of the historical mansion

Majestic trees are dotted around the open green space providing a scenic view across the stretches of land.

This makes Beckenham Park a great place to lay a picnic blanket and crack open a refreshing drink.

If you fancy a bit of history, then look no further than Beckenham Place Mansion right on the green.

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Beckenham Place Park is Lewisham’s largest green space

This beautiful Georgian mansion functions as an arts, culture and community centre.

The mansion was built for John Cator who was an English timber merchant, landowner and politician

He became a landowner with estates in Blackheath, Beckenham, Addington, Croydon and Waltham Forest.

So forget your local lido and head over to Beckenham Place Park where the lake is one of the many things you can experience.

How do you plan on enjoying the heatwave? Let us know in the comment section here.

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