Lidos in London for a refreshing dip
The very best lidos and pools in London and Surrey where you can escape for an al fresco swim
A local favourite, Hampton Pool (pictured top) is located in the woodland area of Bushy Park and a trip here transports you 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 all the family. Book through their app and be sure to also book the poolside swim and BBQ club. The pool runs a series of events throughout the year including the ultimate poolside night out – enter solo or as a pair and challenge yourself to swim one mile on the hour every hour of the night on June 17 2023.
Brockwell lido is more than a pool, it’s a dynamic facility nestled in the corner of Brockwell Park hosting a range of fitness classes and events. The local community is kind enough to share it with the wider public, but word about this urban sanctuary has spread, so make sure you book a swim slot early so you don’t miss out. Once you’re in, reap the health benefits of some serious swimming in the unheated pool, then 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 a superb gym, three exercises studios and a fantastic spa and sauna. Afterwards, stretch out on the grass in Brockwell Park and enjoy the sunshine.
Pools on the Park
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. If you are inspired by your summer swimming sessions, there is an indoor pool too, so you can carry on pursuing this healthy habit in the comfort of a warm leisure centre on colder days.
Tooting Bec Lido
The lido is currently undergoing renovation works and is due to reopen around August/September time.
Europe’s biggest outdoor freshwater pool opens its doors to the public from April to September and is one of the most popular lidos in London. At just over ninety metres long, the pool is almost double Olympic proportions, leaving lots of room for each swimmer to bask in the sunshine whilst they bob up and down the lanes. The pool also has iconic multi-coloured changing huts and they provide the perfect backdrop reminiscent of the traditional English seaside, and as the water is unheated you really can imagine that you’re taking a dip in the brisk English sea. Make sure to arrive swim ready and book in advance on the Places Leisure website or app to ensure you get a spot in the water.
Whether you’re after some serious swimming or looking for a place to unwind with friends, Guildford Lido is a Surrey spot to suit you. The Olympic-sized pool and paddling pools are now open for the Summer 2023 Season from 29 April, keeping 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 book in advance and get there early to find a parking space. The Lido also hosts screenings and events. In the past, guests have been welcome to enjoy an evening swim and slides before settling down for a film screening. 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.
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