EAST HAM LEISURE CENTRE
324 Barking Road East Ham
London E6 2RT
020 8548 5850
Question: Is this place twinned with anywhere in Germany?
Answer: Why yes it is. Kaiserslautern, which translates as Chief Dump.
Why the hell did I choose East Ham? Because back in the mists of 2008, Time Out published a list of London’s best pools (once I have my archiving sorted, this blog is a far superior product) which included this one in the East section, under London Fields and a Virgin Active pool which, as it’s private, makes a nonsense of a publicly-published list, as far as I'm concerned. Aaaaanyway, I thought, if it’s made a ‘best of’, I better get down there. So off I trogged, passing, on the way, my current favourite derelict pool building, Poplar Baths, on the A13.
I’d love to get in there, one day. Maybe Time Out will do a ‘best derelict pools’ list? Or maybe I will …