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Work to build an open-air pool on the River Thames in central London could start this year as more Britons dip their toes into the waters of outdoor swimming.An online campaign to raise 125,000 pounds ($200,000) to build a pool in the Thames fed by filtered river water, downriver from the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, has already exceeded its target on funding platform Kickstarter.Artist Amy Sharrocks, who has spent a decade studying the relationship between people and water, wants to organize an annual swim in the Thames for around 100 people.It is not only in London where wild swimming has taken off.The improving quality of water in the Thames is one reason why Londoners can now dream of notching up lengths in one of the world's iconic rivers.
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