Swimmers enjoy the world’s first see-through sky pool 115 FEET above the ground in London

Incredible aerial photos show the moment swimmers take to the water – 115 feet above the ground. 

The world’s first floating sky pool opened in London on May 19 and swimmers were seen taking a dip in the vertigo-inducing pool on Bank Holiday Monday, the hottest day of the year so far.

One picture taken from above by photographer Jason Hawkes using a drone show people lounging on the deck chairs near the pool sides as they basked in sunshine.  

The transparent pool sits on the 10th floor and is suspended between two blocks of luxury flats in Nine Elms, south west London. 

The first of its kind and entirely transparent, the 25m-long, 5m-wide and 3m-deep infinity pool, has been hailed as the most exclusive venue to take a dip in Britain as only residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens flats it sits atop are allowed access to the pool.

Not only does it host great views from the pool all the way down to the ground below – it also boasts some incredible views of the capital.  

The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament are some of the major landmarks swimmers can spot when taking a dip in the luxury pool, which also looks out over the city’s skyline and the River Thames.

The world's first floating sky pool was snapped by aerial photographer Jason Hawkes show people lounging on the deck chairs alongside the pool

The world's first floating sky pool was snapped by aerial photographer Jason Hawkes show people lounging on the deck chairs alongside the pool

The world’s first floating sky pool was snapped by aerial photographer Jason Hawkes show people lounging on the deck chairs alongside the pool

The transparent pool sits on the 10th floor and is suspended between two blocks of luxury flats in Nine Elms, south west London

The transparent pool sits on the 10th floor and is suspended between two blocks of luxury flats in Nine Elms, south west London

The transparent pool sits on the 10th floor and is suspended between two blocks of luxury flats in Nine Elms, south west London

It is the first of its kind in the world and the 25m-long, 5m-wide and 3m-deep infinity pool is entirely transparent

It is the first of its kind in the world and the 25m-long, 5m-wide and 3m-deep infinity pool is entirely transparent

 It is the first of its kind in the world and the 25m-long, 5m-wide and 3m-deep infinity pool is entirely transparent

Not only does it host great views from the pool all the way down to the ground 115 feet below - it also boasts some excellent views of the capital

Not only does it host great views from the pool all the way down to the ground 115 feet below - it also boasts some excellent views of the capital

Not only does it host great views from the pool all the way down to the ground 115 feet below – it also boasts some excellent views of the capital 

The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament are some of the major landmarks swimmers can spot when taking a dip in the luxury pool, which also looks out over the River Thames

The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament are some of the major landmarks swimmers can spot when taking a dip in the luxury pool, which also looks out over the River Thames

The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament are some of the major landmarks swimmers can spot when taking a dip in the luxury pool, which also looks out over the River Thames

The Sky Pool has been hailed as the most exclusive venue to take a dip in Britain as only residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens flats it sits atop are allowed access to the facilities

The Sky Pool has been hailed as the most exclusive venue to take a dip in Britain as only residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens flats it sits atop are allowed access to the facilities

The Sky Pool has been hailed as the most exclusive venue to take a dip in Britain as only residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens flats it sits atop are allowed access to the facilities

The pool sits atop two luxury flat high rises  next to the billion-dollar US Embassy building (pictured, the edge of the embassy building)

The pool sits atop two luxury flat high rises  next to the billion-dollar US Embassy building (pictured, the edge of the embassy building)

The pool sits atop two luxury flat high rises  next to the billion-dollar US Embassy building (pictured, the edge of the embassy building)

A floating pool was decided on for the new flats as ait was the only place architects could find space to work a swimming pool into thir building plans

A floating pool was decided on for the new flats as ait was the only place architects could find space to work a swimming pool into thir building plans

A floating pool was decided on for the new flats as ait was the only place architects could find space to work a swimming pool into thir building plans

Swimming 115 feet above the ground: The Sky Pool in numbers

Plans for the Sky Pool on top of the Embassy Gardens’ Legacy Buildings were first drawn up in 2013.   

Here is the incredible swimming pool in numbers:  

  • Is suspended on the 10th flooor
  • Sits 115 feet above the ground
  • Is 85 foot or 35 metres in length 
  • And 10ft deep in places 
  • The acrylic base is nearly 12-inches thick in some sections
  • Holds 375 tonnes of water
  • Is open 24 hours a day 
  • Took three weeks to be shipped to the UK after it was developed in the US.
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Plans for a floating pool, known as the Sky Pool, were first drawn up in 2013 by designers penning ideas for the Embassy Gardens’ Legacy Buildings development.

The pool is the highlight of the development by EcoWorld Ballymore, which includes 2,000 luxury homes apartments, a retail space, office space, bars, restaurants and landscaped gardens.

The buildings sit next to the billion-dollar US Embassy building. 

A floating pool was decided on for the new flats as ait was the only place architects could find space to work a swimming pool into thir building plans.  

The 82ft acrylic pool was developed in Colorado, and was put through ‘extensive strength testing’ before being shipped to the UK – a journey that took three weeks.  

The giant heated tub, which holds 375 tonnes of water, has been developed using special technology that allows it to move in high winds.

The pool structure can deal with these movements by not being rigidly connected at both ends as it can slide while maintaining water-tight integrity. 

The acrylic structure is held up by an invisible steel frame and is fully transparent despite the base of the 10ft deep pool being nearly 12-inches thick. 

The intricate work to transport and install the Sky Pool involved a team of expert architects, engineers and consultants. 

The pool, which sits 115ft or 35 metres above the ground, has since opened and is only available for residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens flats – who can take a dip 24 hours a day. 

There is also a rooftop bar next to a greenhouse filled with orange trees, while spa facilities are also available for those living at the luxury development. 

Some of those living in the luxury development also have access to a private cinema, indoor pool and gym.

However there are reports that those living in shared ownership flats are not allowed to use the facilities and even have to enter the building by a different door, according to The Guardian

A spokesperson for Ballymore previously told the publication: ‘We aim to create great places and positive experiences for everyone who lives on our sites. All residents at Embassy Gardens receive the same service in terms of estate management, security, fire command and control, general building safety and energy supply.’

The 82ft pool acrylic pool was developed in Colorado before it was shipped to the UK - a journey that took three weeks

The 82ft pool acrylic pool was developed in Colorado before it was shipped to the UK - a journey that took three weeks

The 82ft pool acrylic pool was developed in Colorado before it was shipped to the UK – a journey that took three weeks

The acrylic base is up to 12 feet thick in some places and is constructed in such a way that it can move in high winds

The acrylic base is up to 12 feet thick in some places and is constructed in such a way that it can move in high winds

The acrylic base is up to 12 feet thick in some places and is constructed in such a way that it can move in high winds

Daredevil swimmers were seen in BBC news coverage (pictured) taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday amid soaring temperatures in the UK

Daredevil swimmers were seen in BBC news coverage (pictured) taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday amid soaring temperatures in the UK

Daredevil swimmers were seen in BBC news coverage (pictured) taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday amid soaring temperatures in the UK

The acrylic structure is held up by an invisible steel frame and is fully transparent despite the base of the 10ft deep pool being nearly 12-inches thick

The acrylic structure is held up by an invisible steel frame and is fully transparent despite the base of the 10ft deep pool being nearly 12-inches thick

The acrylic structure is held up by an invisible steel frame and is fully transparent despite the base of the 10ft deep pool being nearly 12-inches thick

The pool, which sits 115ft or 35 metres above the ground, has since opened and is only available for residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens flats - who can take a dip 24 hours a day

The pool, which sits 115ft or 35 metres above the ground, has since opened and is only available for residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens flats - who can take a dip 24 hours a day

The pool, which sits 115ft or 35 metres above the ground, has since opened and is only available for residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens flats – who can take a dip 24 hours a day

A two-bedroom apartment in Embassy costs more than £1 million, according to reports, while the penthouse suite will set buyers back £5 million

A two-bedroom apartment in Embassy costs more than £1 million, according to reports, while the penthouse suite will set buyers back £5 million

A two-bedroom apartment in Embassy costs more than £1 million, according to reports, while the penthouse suite will set buyers back £5 million

Next to the pool, there is also a rooftop bar and a greenhouse filled with orange trees, while spa facilities are also available for those living at the luxury development

Next to the pool, there is also a rooftop bar and a greenhouse filled with orange trees, while spa facilities are also available for those living at the luxury development

Next to the pool, there is also a rooftop bar and a greenhouse filled with orange trees, while spa facilities are also available for those living at the luxury development

Sky-high swimmers were seen taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday - the hottest day of the year so far - with more sun on the way this week

Sky-high swimmers were seen taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday - the hottest day of the year so far - with more sun on the way this week

Sky-high swimmers were seen taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday – the hottest day of the year so far – with more sun on the way this week

Temperatures yesterday outperformed Faro in Portugal, St Tropez in France and Rome - with more hot weather on the way

Temperatures yesterday outperformed Faro in Portugal, St Tropez in France and Rome - with more hot weather on the way

Temperatures yesterday outperformed Faro in Portugal, St Tropez in France and Rome – with more hot weather on the way

A two-bedroom apartment in Embassy costs more than £1 million, according to reports, while the penthouse suite will set buyers back £5 million.  

Sky-high swimmers were seen taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday –  the hottest day of the year so far.  

A maximum temperature of 77.2F (25.1C) was recorded at Kinlochewe in the Scottish Highlands as Britons enjoyed the long weekend and newly restored freedoms following the lifting of many lockdown rules.

This surpassed the previous high for 2021, set on March 30 at Kew Gardens in West London when the temperature reached 75.1F (24.5C).  

Temperatures yesterday outperformed Faro in Portugal (20C/68F), St Tropez in France (22C/72F) and Rome (23C/73F).

England’s warmest place was Northolt, North-West London, at 76.6F (24.8C), while Wales reached a high of 22C (72F) at Trawsgoed, Ceredigion.

Although it was the warmest day so far in 2021, the weather was not especially hot for this time of year.

But after so many damp and miserable weeks, many were keen to make the most of it.

Crowds flocked to enjoy the outdoors despite reminders from several local councils to heed Covid-19 rules including restrictions on gatherings and social distancing.

Warnings about gatherings in the sunshine came amid claims from some scientists that the full relaxation of lockdown rules planned for June 21 should be delayed due to rising cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus. 

Most of the UK will be covered in glorious sunshine again today – beating temperatures on the Algarve – with the warmest weather expected in the Midlands, western England, north and west Wales and western Scotland. 

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