Oasis Sports Centre

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Popular pool scene
A gay-friendly but not gay-gay Covent Garden gym run by the local council. Not as swish as other places, but popular and decent, with indoor and outdoor pools, the latter of which attracts body-conscious sun-worshippers when London is not being its customary greyish. The Oasis was rebooted in January 2014 following a major £800,000 upgrade, including modern gym equipment, changing facilities and studios, plus makeovers to both the indoor and outdoor pools. Day passes are available. Closest tube stations: Tottenham Court Rd and Covent Garden.


    • ukflyer
      ukflyer Over a year ago
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      Popular pool facilities & has recently received a welcome refurbishment
      This is a sports facility with a gym and indoor/outdoor pool and its proximity to Soho means it does attract a substantial gay clientele. I can't comment on the gym but the heated outdoor pool is open all year and the indoor pool and changing rooms have just received a welcome refurbishment. The outdoor pool also benefits from a sundeck which is popular in the summer months. Serious swimmers should be aware that whilst the outdoor pool is open all year, at weekends on hot summer days most of the outdoor pool is reserved as a splash pool leaving only one lane for swimming which can be quite chaotic during busy times and will test the patience of fast swimmers. The pool can be accessed on a pay per visit basis, club membership, or the Swim London scheme which gives access to many pools across London for a monthly fee. Visitors to the indoor pool in the evenings are advised to check listings in advance as it can be used for lessons/clubs. The indoor pool is also used by the popular gay swimming group "Outswim" on a Thursday evening.