As the British weather continues to see prolonged spells of sunshine, we Brits have to make the most of it! If you’re lucky enough to be off work this week and are looking to incorporate your fitness with the great outdoors or just want somewhere to cool down, then head to one of London’s lidos or open air swimming pools this week. From North to South, here are LDN’s top picks –
Three pools for ladies, men and mixed groups. The Men’s and Ladies’ ponds are open all year round. Use of the Mixed Pond is limited in the winter, unless you are a member of the Hampstead Heath Winter Swimming Club.
Man-made fresh water public swimming bath. 40-metre pool with changing rooms, toilets, showers and lockers. Book in advance!
Tapper Walk, London N1C 4BE
This heated 50-metre lido was reopened in 2006. Open year-round and part of Better Health. Unfortunately you aren’t allowed to bring your own food, but there are two cafés.
London Fields West Side, London E8 3EU
Opened in 1996, this 90m pool is the largest in the country. Facilities include colourful changing huts, a paddling pool for kids, a café and lockers.
Tooting Bec Rd, London SW16 1RU
Housed in an art deco Grade II-listed building. Spread over 50-metres. Here you can enjoy a tasty selection of food at the Lido Café.
Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, London SE24 0PA
Nothing better than embracing nature in the Serpentine lake amongst the ducks and swans. The water is not heated or chlorinated. There is a gated family area with a chlorinated paddling pool, sandpit and swings. Sun loungers are for hire and you can enjoy some food at the popular Lido Café.
Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
A 27.5m outdoor pool located in the Oasis Sports Centre, Covent Garden. With a sun terrace and adjacent indoor pool, it’s London’s little secret. It also has a café which serves smoothies and ice creams.
32 Endell St, London WC2H 9AG