Crystal Palace Pool

I think Crystal Palace Pool might be my favourite place in London. Despite being in zone 43 and not particularly easy to get to I love going there. I'm sure lots of people hate the building, its very brutal and unforgiving but I love it with its wooden floors and huge concrete girders and massive windows letting the light stream in.

 If the building and 50m pool wasn't reason enough to go the Brazilian Olympic swimming team are using the pool for practice at the moment. They're swishing about, arriving in blacked out vans like the good people of Penge have a clue who they are. I keep hoping a member of staff might mistake me for a lost Brazilian but sadly not yet.