Things To Do in Barnes, Battersea, Cheam, Clapham, Epsom, Fulham, Kingston, Putney, Surbiton, Sutton, Wandsworth, Wimbledon

Top 6 leaders of the lido

The sun continues to blaze down on London and Surrey and there is no sign of it abating. The lucky ones among us will be jetting off to some exotic location where the scorching heat is easily combatted with a plunge in the clear blue waters of some foreign land. However, if you don’t have this luxury, and are melting in the heat of the city, then we’ve got the antidote - London has a plethora of oasis’s where you can escape the heat. Just close your eyes and pretend you are in the Mediterranean…

Tooting Bec Lido
Europe’s biggest outdoor freshwater pool opens its doors to the public for the summer months. At just over ninety metres long, the pool is so vast that even when the sun is shining and the poolside is packed with sunbathers, there is always room to swim without getting jostled. The pool’s iconic multi-coloured changing huts are reminiscent of the traditional English seaside, and as the water is unheated so you really can imagine that you’re taking a dip in the brisk English sea. There is a new inflatable obstacle course coming to Tooting Bec lido this summer that is sure to provide endless fun for all ages. Come and see if you have the balance and agility to conquer the course without making a splash. Keep an eye on the lido’s website where the finalised dates and times will be posted for this exciting new launch.

Brockwell Lido
Brockwell lido is more than a pool, it’s a dynamic facility nestled in the corner of Brockwell Park that hosts eclectic events with everything from film nights to furniture fairs. The local community are kind enough to share it with the wider public, but word about this urban sanctuary has spread, so make sure you get there early to ensure the best sunbathing spot. Once you’re in, you’d be foolish not to spend the whole day at the lido. Drop the kids off at the crèche if you fancy doing some serious swimming, and enjoy a well-earned lunch at the award-winning Lido Café. Behind the doors of the art deco Grade II-listed buildings which surround the pool, you will find wet and dry side changing rooms, a superb gym, three exercises studios and fantastic spa and sauna.

Pools on the Park
The Richmond pools offer a more affordable alternative to the area’s exclusive Riverside Club. Combine your visit with a walk along one of the most attractive stretches of the River Thames and cool off in the outdoor pool while enjoying the gorgeous views of grassy Old Deer Park. The pools offer swimming lessons and float sessions to keep the kids busy and give you an hour’s peace over the long summer holidays. If you are inspired by your summer swimming sessions, there is both an indoor and an outdoor pool, so you can carry on pursuing this healthy habit in the comfort of a warm leisure centre during the cold winter months.

Hampton Pool
Make the journey to Hampton Pool located in the woodland area of Bushy Park and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to the luscious English countryside. Equipped with a children’s pool ideal for little ones still in armbands, as well as a large grassy area, and a rooftop café selling everything from breakfasts to delicious homemade bakes, it’s a great spot for a family day out. There is a self-cook barbecue on Tuesday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday evenings and members are encouraged to bring their own food and join in the fun. The pool even runs a series of sell-out concerts during the summer, as well as moonlight dips – a swim under the stars a great way to cool off after a hot summer’s day.

Guildford lido
Whether you’re after some serious swimming, looking for a place to unwind with friends, Guildford Lido is a Surrey spot to suit you. Water slides and toddler pools will keep the kids occupied for hours on end while you can enjoy lounging on the grass or taking a dip.  The Lido is one of Guildford’s biggest attractions, with families flocking from all areas of London and Surrey to this sanctuary, so make sure you get there early to find a parking space. The Lido also hosts screenings and events, with family favourites like Finding Nemo and Pitch Perfect being screened this August. Guests are welcome to enjoy an evening swim and slides from 7pm – 8pm before settling down for the films at 8.30pm. Come equipped with a picnic of your own, or treat yourself to a cocktail and some delicious Mexican snacks from the Burrito Loco shack on site.

The enticingly-named Neverland is England’s most unlikely beach club located in Fulham, giving Londoners a chance to feel the sand in-between their toes without even venturing out of the M25. Although Fulham’s white sands lack a sparkling blue sea lapping on the shore, the club offers other ways to cool off and entertain yourself. If you’re looking to stay out of the sun, groups of six or more can hire out a beach hut for the day, and equipped with two bars and the option of a personal ‘beach butler’, the ice-cold drinks do not stop flowing in Neverland. Food-wise, the beach has a BBQ club and pizza shed right on the sand. For you competitive spirits out there, croquet, shuffleboard and table tennis are all on offer at the beach club, not to mention the boozier beer and prosecco pong. The beach also puts on events including yoga, cocktail masterclasses and sand sculpture lessons if you fancy getting creative.