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Top 5: London Lidos

Top 5: London Lidos

11 August 2016 Stephanie Brandhuber

Whether work is making you want to plunge your face in cold water, or the slow summer holidays means you need some family-friendly entertainment, dive into our list of London’s best lidos that are making a splash this summer.

London Fields Lido
 
This Olympic-size, heated outdoor swimming pool is located in Hackney, and offers year-round swimming for those needing to entertain their inner water baby. With fitness and swimming lessons aplenty, this lovely lido is a popular swimming destination for people wanting a fun way to fit some exercise into their hectic schedules. It was renovated in 2006 after an 18-year campaign to save the space from being demolished. Facilities include a café, as well as a sizeable sundeck area.



It can be found at London Fields Westside, London E8 3EU. £4.50, child £2.65 (6-16), under-5s free.

Tooting Bec Lido
 
This South London lido is not only one of the city’s oldest open-air pools, having first opened to the public in 1906, but it is also the biggest swimming pool by surface area in the UK, measuring a whopping 91m by 30m. If you visit Tooting Bec’s lido and you find yourself wondering why it looks a little familiar, you’ve probably seen it before. Because of the changing cubicles’ alternating red, yellow, and green doors, the lido is a popular location for promotional filming, and was featured in Guy Ritchie’s hilarious dark comedy Snatch as part of Brad Pitt’s boxing “pool” scene. Although we can’t guarantee you’ll be sharing the exact water that Brad bathed in, you can rest easy knowing he was there. Who knows, maybe he’ll turn up again.



It can be found at Tooting Bec Rd, London SW16 1RU. May 18-Aug 31 2012 6am-8pm daily; Sept 1-30 6am-5pm daily.

Parliament Hill Lido
 
Located on picturesque Hampstead Heath, this gorgeous pool was recently upgraded with a new stainless steel lining, meaning that on cooler days it can retain the heat and on those rare but wonderful scorchers, it’ll cool you down when you’re all hot and bothered. With its 60m by 28m area, it’s loved for its sense of space, a luxury not many London pools can claim to have. Because of its elevated spot on the Heath, you can lounge by the poolside and take in amazing views of the city, content in the knowledge of being far away from the maddening crowd.
 
It can be found at Parliament Hill Fields, Gordon House Rd, London NW5 1LP. Early morning and evening £2, concs £1, under-16s and over-60s free; daytime £5.50, concs £3.50, family £14.50 (two adults and up to three children); season tickets available

Serpentine Lido
 
For those of you looking for a more natural water source to do your dipping, the Serpentine Lake is the perfect spot to break in your backstroke. Located in beautiful Hyde Park, the Serpentine Lido has been a beloved escape for Londoners for over 100 years. The gated family area with its children’s playground and child-friendly paddling pool means parents can take it easy while the children play, and afterwards the whole family can enjoy some refreshments at the popular Lido Café. Looking for some downtime? The lido has a private sunbathing area and sun loungers for hire, making it a perfect place to enjoy a good book or lay back and soak up the beautiful surroundings.



It can be found in  Hyde Park, W2 3XA. 10am-6pm weekends and bank holidays in May; 10am-6pm daily June-Aug. £4.50, £3.50 concs, £1.50 children (over three), £10 family ticket (two adults and up to four children)

King’s Cross Pond Club
 
Looking to put some culture in your crawl? The King’s Cross Pond Club is part art installation, part leisure project, and is the UK’s first ever man-made fresh water bathing pond within a working construction site. This piece of “Land Art” offers visitors a pool of naturally filtered water in which to swim while also gaining an unusual perspective on a rapidly changing area of London. The project-piece, called “Of Soil and Water” encourages swimmers to enter the water and engage with the installation as a piece of experimental art. But let’s be honest, it’s a pond near a construction site – so don’t be disappointed if the closest thing to experimental it offers you is a builder in a bikini. 
 
It can be found at 20 Canal Reach (entrance on Tapper Walk), London N1C 4BE. £6.50 peak, £3.50 off peak. Book online here.

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