LONDON'S TOP 5 LIDOS
London, United Kingdom
‘The UK doesn’t get hot’
Anyone who’s ever spent a summer in London knows that’s a stinking pile of 💩
London heat is a unique sticky, smelly, brain squeezing heat. The Tube is a literal hell on Earth, fans whirrr uselessly in cafes across the city, there’s really only one thing to do…
Dip your whole sweating body into one of London’s Lidos. These 5 outdoor swimming spots will cool you down like a retro coke coke ad...
1. Brockwell Park LidoBrockwell Park’s got it all. The Lambeth County Show (22nd July), a famous brunch cafe in an art deco building and… a super chill lido. Come any time of year to dip your toes but in summer catch special events like film screenings and ‘Lido Lates’. Swim under the moon to the sound of ambient disco or hop on a floating unicorn with a cocktail in hand. Check the website for details.
Lido Late Entry: £20
Day Time Entry: £5.95
Nearest Train Station: Herne Hill
2. Tooting Bec LidoTooting Bec Lido is one of the largest open-air swimming spots in Europe (it’s over 90m long). Lined with colourful changing rooms, it looks like something straight out of a Wes Anderson film. This pool is unheated so even on a scorching day you’ll freeze your nips off.
Nearest Train Station: Tooting Bec
3. London Fields LidoFor Hackney-hipster-Instagrammers look no further. London Fields Lido brings them out of the coffee roasteries and into the sparkling heated waters. It’s just been refurbished so the changing rooms and showers are in very good nick. Go early on a hot day to get towel space.
Nearest Train Station: London Fields
4. Parliament Hill LidoIf the murky waters of the Hampstead Heath ponds fill you with dread, try the nearby Parliament Hill Lido instread. It’s lined with stainless steel so the water glitters in the sun. Unlike the others this guy is never crazy busy, so a good option if the forecast’s looking toasty.
Nearest Train Station Gospel Oak
5. Serpentine LidoBut if you’re happy to swim with ducks, swans and the occasional eel (joking, probably), then get hop into the oldest lido in London. Mad people have been coming here on Christmas Day to swim since the 1800s. It’s also bang smack in Hyde Park, so you’ll get a nice stroll in after.
Nearest Train Station: Lancaster Gate