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The 2017 Suunto Great London Swim on Saturday 1 July is now open!

Whether you're dipping your toe into open water swimming for the first time, or you're searching for the ultimate challenge, the Suunto Great London Swim offers you a selection of distances to suit your particular ability.

The event takes place on Saturday 1 July in the Royal Victoria Dock and with swim distances ranging from a half mile right up to the newly added 5k and 10k, there really is something for everyone!

We hope to see you at one of our open water swims in London this summer!

The Course

The Suunto Great London Swim course map is shown to the left, which includes the selection of distances ranging from 1/2 mile right up to the 10k marathon swim challenge. Which one do you fancy?

Course Map


It’s important to be aware of the Suunto Great London Swim 2017 event timetable prior to the big day. Familiarise yourself with the information below and ensure you leave plenty of time to drop off any baggage, travel to the start line and get warmed up. You must check-in 30 minutes before your start time. If you miss it we may not be able to move you to another wave, so please don't be late.

Please see below for the 2017 event day timetable:

Time Swim Hat Colour Distance
Saturday 1 July 2017    
08:00 RED 5K swim
08:05 GREEN 10K swim
09:00 PINK 2 mile swim
10:00 YELLOW 2 mile swim
11:00 ORANGE 1 mile swim
11:30     WHITE 1 mile swim
12:00 RED 1 mile swim
12:30 GREEN 1 mile swim
13:30 PINK 1/2 mile swim
14:00 YELLOW 1 mile swim
14:30 ORANGE 1 mile swim

*NB. All times and hat colours are subject to change in the lead up to the event

Saturday 1 July 2017

Event location

The Suunto Great London Swim is located at the Royal Victoria Dock, which is located right next to ExCeL London. Make sure you take a look at the ExCeL London website for fantastic information on travelling to the area. We love this interactive tube map!

Emirates Air Line:
The Suunto Great London Swim start area is next to the Emirates Air Line Cable Car. Why not ‘fly’ into your swim from North Greenwich Tube?

On foot:
From Canning Town, the Swim Village is only a 15 minute walk, just follow the signs for ExCeL London.

By car:
From the West (City Centre): Head along the A13 (East bound) and then follow the signs to the ExCeL London. From the East head along the A13 (West bound) and then follow the signs for the ExCeL London. From the South (M25, jct 2) follow the A1012 until signs for the Royal Victoria Dock/Docklands to lead onto the A1261. Then follow signs to the ExCeL London.

Parking is available at ExCeL London for a flat fee of £20 for up to 24 hours. 

By air:
If you are coming from further afield, the London City Airport is only a 5 minute taxi journey from the Royal Victoria Dock.


After your swim, why not stick around and make the most of your visit to the area? There are plenty of places to choose to eat and refuel, and numerous options if you're looking to go for a celebratory drink!

Click here to view a list of recommendations, which have all been tried and tested by our friends at ExCel London!


After hours

The UK's capital city offers visitors an endless supply of things to see, activities to try, museums to visit, west-end shows to watch and restaurants to sample.

Make a weekend of it and visit a selection of London's tourist hotspots such as Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Madame Tussauds or the world-class sporting facilities of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Visit London's Royal Docks
Before and after your open water swim why not explore the dockside area where there are a number of things to see and do for all the family.  Built in the 19th century, London's Royal Docks are a shining example of Victorian engineering, and have been developed by the Royal Docks Management Authority Limited (RoDMA) to become a popular place to live, work and visit. Find out more >

For more details of what to do in London click here

About London

There are plenty of accommodation choices to suit all budgets. For more information visit: or check the hotel options on the ExCel London website.



Click on the links below to download useful event information: