In August 1932, London's Piccadilly Hotel (now Le Méridien Hotel) installed a swimming pool for their guests on the terrace.
The captions for these photographs state that they were taken on August 3rd, shortly after the opening of the pool. if so this was a prescient move, as on August 19th 1932 temperatures reached 35.6C (96.08F). The last day hotter than this was in 1911.
Drinking water for the hotel came from an artesian well sunk 400 feet down, so that guests did not have to drink the city’s water. Whether this also filled the pool is unknown.
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Text and curation: Amanda Uren