In the reception area of the Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, you’ll spot every type of person… from the 20-something fitness buff to the old man with his badminton racket, mums with their buggies, teenagers with their swimming gear, toddlers running out of the Little Rascals soft-play area, etc. This council-run leisure centre offers something for everybody.
It was voted the best leisure centre in London by TimeOut guide in 2008, and for good reason. But it also deserves a mention for its incredibly kid-friendly atmosphere and programs… ranging from swimming lessons, ballet, basketball, etc. Toddler’s World classes are offered twice a week, and the soft-play area is opened all week long. On a rainy day in London the Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre can be a savior.
There’s also a library adjacent to the leisure centre with a great kid’s section filled with toys and games. And inside the centre is a very kid-friendly café with a relaxed atmosphere and decent food (good brunch on the weekends).
One of our favorite things to do on a rainy weekend is to head over to the centre for an hour in the teaching pool during the family swim hours, and then a lazy brunch afterward.