There's lots to do at our healthy living centre in Southwark.

Darwin Court is a healthy living centre which is open to the public, and a housing scheme for the over-50s.

This means that the local community can join residents in enjoying a range of health, fitness and relaxation activities.

Please note that Darwin Court's telephone number has changed to 020 8054 0627

Darwin Court Food Hub

Drop into the Darwin Court Food Hub to pick up your free food parcel.  

Tuesdays: 9.30am – 12.30pm 
Thursdays: from 3.30-6.30pm. 

The food hub is open to all Peabody residents. You don’t need a referral or food vouchers but bring something to show you’re a Peabody resident. Learn more on our events calendar. 

Safe space available

Are you experiencing domestic abuse? Visit our safe space.

Ask at reception and someone from the team will show you to the safe space room where you can:

  • Use the telephone to contact whoever you need.
  • Find information about domestic abuse support services.
  • Use the internet to look for help.

Visit our domestic abuse page to learn more about how we can support you.

Swimming pool (depth 1.3m, length 15m)

Sessions for different groups: over 50s, women only, schools, parents with children under 5, as well as open public sessions. Swimming lessons can also be arranged.

About the pool

  • 15m long, 5m wide, 1.3m deep, (ideal for children and beginners).
  • Hoist available.

About the changing rooms

  • Male, female, and disabled.
  • Baby-changing facilities are available.


  • The pool is always supervised by qualified lifeguards. Please tell them if you or anyone in your group has any medical conditions.

Safety with children

  • Under-fives must be accompanied by a responsible person aged 17+, on a one to one basis. For under-eights, it's two children per responsible person.

  • Children who aren't toilet-trained must wear swimming nappy (these are for sale in our reception).


  • £3 per 45-minute session.

Before you enter the pool...

  • Please help keep the pool fresh for everyone by showering beforehand.
  • If you want to take photos, please check with reception first.

Exercise classes

These include yoga, relaxation, fitness for the over-50s, stretch, women-only keep fit, Pilates, t'ai chi.

Therapy room

Offers treatments such as massage and reflexology, plus a hairdressing salon.

Employment and training

Trained advisers are available to help you find work or training. More information.

Conference room

Spacious air-conditioned room, with overhead projector, smart board system and Wi-Fi facilities. Available for hire on request. Catering available on request.

Hire a room: download the booking form

Birthday parties

We can organise birthday parties for your family and friends.

This offer at Darwin Court in Southwark includes one-hour swimming sessions, with floats and games provided, under the supervision of lifeguards. Everyone can also spend an hour in the bistro area, with lunch, drinks and party bags. We do all the work for you so you can relax and enjoy your celebrations.

The cost is £250, everything included (there's a £20 discount for Peabody residents). Up to 20 children are allowed.

For more details and booking information, please call Darwin Court on 020 8054 0627

Meeting space for hire at Darwin Court as well as sports facilities for meetings, events and parties.

Conference room


This light-filled, modern room has everything you'll need for meetings, presentations or training sessions. Facilities include:

  • Interactive SMARTboard
  • Wi-fi
  • Flipchart
  • Catering available on request


£30 per hour, £70 per half day, £120 per day

Room size

8.6m x 6.4m, capacity for 30 people

Training room


For smaller meetings, informal get togethers and break out sessions. Facilities include:

  • Projector
  • Wi-fi
  • Flipchart
  • Laptop
  • Catering available on request


£25 per hour, £50 per hour, £100 per day

Room size

7.2m x 3.6m, capacity for 10–12 people

Swimming pool

The pool is 15m long x 5m wide and, with a depth of 1.3m and it’s particularly safe and fun for children.


£100 per hour, lifeguard included.

Dining area


Price on application

Cancellation fees

  • More than two weeks' notice: no charge
  • Less than two weeks’ notice: 20% of fee
  • Less than one week’s notice: 40% of fee
  • Less than 24 hours: 100% of fee

Car parking

There are pay and display car park bays around Darwin Court.

Room booking

Darwin Court
1 Crail Row
London SE17 1AD

Tel: 0203 828 4818


Opening times
Darwin Court is open Mon–Fri 8am–8pm, Sat 9am–4pm (last swim ends at 3pm)

Darwin Court works with partners such as Southwark College, Sports Action Zone (SAZ), Fusion, and the Aylesbury Healthy Living Network

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