We might not all have gardens and we definitely don’t have our own swimming pools, but the good news is, London is the UK’s lido mecca.
Ok, so the weather’s not quite made up its mind yet, but we’re remaining hopeful. There’s nothing better than lounging poolside on a sunny day, cooling off with a dip, and showing off your tan lines (or burn lines?) with a ‘hot dogs or legs’ snap. We’re all super excited for the sun, so we’ve put together a list of the best outdoor pools to enjoy this summer… Weather permitting!
Hampstead Heath Pools, Hampstead
Three natural pools make up the Hampstead Heath outdoor swimming collection. You can choose to strut your stuff at the mixed-sex pond or keep things a little more modest at the male-only and female-only equivalents. The two single-sex swimming ponds are open every day of the year. They’re both monitored by lifeguards and only cost adults £2 to enter. The mixed bathing pond is open for the summer season until 24th September. You can find more information about opening hours and charges here.
Parliament Hill Lido, Hampstead
If you’re looking for a slightly less au naturale swimming option in North London, your best bet is the Parliament Hill Lido, also located in Hampstead. A day ticket costs £7 for adults, but there are other options available for off-peak times and you can check that information out here. Be warned: this pool is unheated so if you’re hoping for a pleasantly warm pool we strongly suggest that you travel elsewhere!
London Fields Lido, Hackney
Ok, this one is currently closed, but it’s due to reopen this summer after extensive refurbishments that started on 10th April, so, fingers crossed, you’ll be able to jump in soon. The lido will return like a phoenix from the ashes, with new tiles, a renovated reception area and changing room facilities. When it does return, you’ll be able to enjoy the heated pool, large sunbathing area and café. Get more information here.
Brockwell Lido, Dulwich
This pool is also unheated, apparently due to the many ‘health benefits’ of cold water swimming. A dip in their ‘refreshing’ pool can apparently boost your immune system, provide stress relief and promote well being. Errr, if you say so. We’re not sure we’re buying it but you’ll be able to use the swimming facilities for £6 for adults during the summer, or £3 in the winter. I wonder why. For more information visit their website.
Serpentine Lido, Hyde Park
Swimming in the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park will definitely have you feeling closer to nature, if that’s what you’re into. It’s open seven days a week from now until 12th September. It’s £4.80 for adult entry or £3.50 to rent a sun lounger for the entire day if sitting in the sun sipping drinks is more your thing. Yeah, ours too!
Pools on the Park, Richmond
The charming Richmond Park not only offers you herds of deer and gardens galore, it also gives you the chance to splash your troubles away in their outdoor pool. It’s £4.90 for entry and we reckon a swim in their outdoor pool followed by a picnic and a stroll around the park is the perfect sunny day plan. Find more information here.
Oasis Sports Centre, Covent Garden
Located right in the centre of London this pool is tucked away from the busy streets, hidden from view by office buildings and flats. It’s open all year round and is heated, so no need to worry about the weather. For £5.80 adults can access the pool, the sun terrace and the sauna. This place is the whole package. Get more information on their website.
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