Reopening Dates for London’s Best Lidos & Outdoor Swimming Spots
Fancy a cool dip within the pool after an extended sizzling day on the town streets? Fortunately, London has quite a lot of good outside swimming pools and lidos…
Lead picture: Brockwell Lido
Coronavirus replace: Out of doors swimming is an effective way to get your train in for those who’re worries about COVID-19. In addition to being outdoor, chlorine within the water disinfects micro organism and viruses. Altering rooms and showers are prone to be restricted although, so your greatest wager is to reach ‘pool prepared’ in your swimming wear. You’ll most likely must guide prematurely as capability can be restricted. It is usually advisable to not overtake different swimmers in order to take care of social distancing. Please contact your native lido for additional data.
1 Tooting Bec Lido, Tooting
Coronavirus replace: Because of reopen mid August
The legendary Tooting Bec Lido is each bit as superb as they are saying. These vibrant altering rooms doorways, the glistening blue waters, the plush inexperienced backdrop of mature bushes… And it’s not only a fairly face, it’s the biggest outside fresh-water pool within the UK, measuring 91.44 metres lengthy by 30.18 metres broad. Guests to the pool can chill out within the sunbathing space, splash round within the paddling pool, strap on goggles and swim laps, or seize an ice-cream cone on the café.
Tooting Bec Street, Tooting SW16 1RU; placesleisure.org
2 Beckenham Place Park Wild Swimming Lake
Coronavirus replace: The lake is now open for swimming however periods have to be booked prematurely
The brand new wild swimming lake at Beckenham Place Park, which launched in July 2019, is a 283 metre-long, 45 metre-wide lake created as a part of a £6.eight million park regeneration mission. A recreation of an unique Georgian water characteristic, it has a sloped seaside, creating shallow water areas for youthful kids to play in free of charge (as much as depths of 1-1.2 metres). Grownup open water swim tickets are £5.50 (juniors £three.50). Boat rent and get up paddleboard rent can also be accessible. The lake is open all 12 months spherical.
For full swim information and boat rent, see ptpcoaching.co.uk/beckenham-place-park
three Brockwell Lido, Herne Hill
Coronavirus replace: Brockwell Lido reopened on 15 July for grownup lane swimming solely. E book prematurely
Nestled within the nook of Brockwell Park, Brockwell Lido is one in every of south London’s absolute gems with glistening blue waters, artwork deco surrounds and palm crops giving the place an nearly Mediterranean really feel. The lido, recognized domestically as Brixton Seashore, has set instances for basic swimming and lap swimming, so verify on-line earlier than you go. The stunning poolside Lido Cafe was taken over by south east London pizza maestros 400 Rabbits final 12 months, so pizza and a swim is unquestionably one for these sunny summer season days.
Brockwell Park, Dulwich Street, Herne Hill SE24 0PA; fusion-lifestyle.com
four London Fields Lido, Hackney
Coronavirus replace: Reopening 25 July. Periods have to be booked prematurely
The London Fields Lido in Hackney reopened in 2006 on the location of the unique 1930s pool after locals fought for the ability’s return. The 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool has lane swimming accessible all day, swimming classes for youngsters and adults, one-to-one classes and swimfit periods. There’s additionally a café and huge sundeck and sunbathing space. The heated pool is open all 12 months spherical, so that you don’t want a heatwave to benefit from the swim. London Fields launched floodlights to the pool in 2014, so the lido is open each day from 6.30am to 9pm, all 12 months spherical.
London Fields West Aspect, Hackney E8 3EU; better.org.uk
5 Park Street Swimming pools & Health, Crouch Finish
Coronavirus replace: Reopened on 17 July for grownup lane swimming. E book prematurely
One among London’s largest lidos, individuals have been flocking to Park Street Swimming pools since 1926. However issues are something however drained right here – Park Street Swimming pools underwent an £eight million redevelopment mission in 2016. The Olympic-sized predominant pool is only one of 5 swimming swimming pools – fortunate ol’ Crouch Enders – and there may be additionally a play space, health amenities, altering areas, solar loungers and enjoyable water options.
Park Street, Crouch Finish N8 8JN; fusion-lifestyle.com
6 Parliament Hill Lido, Hampstead
Coronavirus replace: Reopened 18 July. Click here to guide prematurely
Inbuilt 1938 and Grade II-listed, Parliament Hill Lido is the one stainless steel-lined outside pool within the UK. The shiny metallic lining makes the entire pool shimmer with a deep royal blue hue, plus, the water is unheated (helpful, because it’s open all-year spherical. There are additionally splash swimming pools, sports activities amenities, playgrounds and gardens, making this an important household spot for summer season. Plus, if it’s too crowded, the well-known Hampstead ponds are only a stroll away, making the Heath one in every of London’s greatest open-air swimming areas.
Parliament Hill Mansions, Lissenden Gardens NW5 1NA; parliamenthilllido.org
7 Hampstead Heath Ponds, Hampstead
Coronavirus replace: Reopened for swimming periods from 18 July, bookable as much as seven days prematurely
Hampstead Heath’s well-known ponds are legendary. Locals have saved match and wholesome splashing about within the ponds since means earlier than open water swimming grew to become a factor, however now that it’s, effectively, the place to go… It’s ‘chilly, muddy and superb’, as one native places it. The combined pond is on the Hampstead aspect of the Heath, close to Hampstead Heath overground station, whereas the women’ and mens’ ponds are on the Highgate aspect. The combined pond is simply open to the general public in summer season, whereas the women’ and mens’ ponds are open all 12 months spherical.
eight Serpentine Lido, Hyde Park
Coronavirus replace: Serpentine Lido is at present open to members of the Serpentine Swimming Membership solely
The Serpentine Lido and its accompanying paddling pool is positioned within the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park and open to the general public in the course of the summer season months. It’s residence to the Serpentine Swimming Membership, which is the oldest swimming membership in Britain. Members of the membership might swim all 12 months spherical on the lido and are well-known for his or her loopy Christmas day race. You may even end up sharing a lane with swans or geese. There’s a gated household space with a chlorinated paddling pool and swings, in addition to a personal sunbathing space.
Hyde Park W2 2UH; royalparks.org.uk/serpentine-lido
9 Hampton Pool, Hampton Court docket
Coronavirus replace: Reopened for lane swimming and household swim periods in the primary pool for households with babies within the learner pool. Health courses are being added. E book prematurely
Hampton Pool – one in every of south west London’s greatest saved secrets and techniques – is a 36-metre lengthy open-air pool. The lido is heated to supply for 365 days of outside swimming, break up in half always to permit for lane swimming on one aspect and household swimming and enjoyable on the opposite. Hampton Pool has a fair hotter paddling pool for newcomers, and a big grassy space for picnics or lazing within the sunshine. As soon as inside, you’ll be able to keep all day, or observe your swim with a stroll or cycle journey at Bushy Park subsequent door.
Excessive Road, Hampton TW12 2ST; hamptonpool.co.uk
10 Charlton Lido, Greenwich
Coronavirus replace: Reopen for grownup lane swimming solely. Have to be booked prematurely
Positioned in Hornfair Park, the Lido at Charlton Lido & Life-style Membership is the capital’s second 50-metre, Olympic-sized heated outside pool after London Fields. It reopened in early 2013 after an in depth £2 million refurbishment. Whether or not you need to enhance your freestyle approach, get match, compete, meet fellow swimmers or have some household enjoyable, you’re positive to like splashing about within the Charlton Lido. Health lane swimming is at all times accessible, however water video games and enjoyable with noodles are additionally inspired.
Hornfair Park, Shooters Hill Street, Charlton SE18 4LX; better.org.uk
11 London Royal Docks Open Water Swimming
Coronavirus replace: Reopen for 150m and 400m loops solely, plus an informal dip space. Wetsuit rent is at present unavailable. E book prematurely
Open water swimming is basically taking off in London as metropolis dwellers try and reconnect with nature. Give it a whirl at London Royal Docks, the place the Summer season Season runs from March till late September, with 400m, 750m and 1000m loops accessible for swimming. Security is paramount, with fortnightly water exams and a NOWCA security tagging system in place. Periods run 5 instances every week – Tues, Weds and Fri evenings 5pm-8pm, and Sat-Solar 9am-12pm – for £eight a session. For those who’re just a little nervous, the Open Water Swim Squad meets each Wednesday at 6pm, the place you’ll be assessed and put within the appropriate potential group (£15 a session). There are additionally plans to create a permanent lido right here following profitable pop-ups for the final two summers.
Waterfront Studios, 1 Dock Street E16 1AG; loveopenwater.co.uk
12 Thames Baths
Thames Baths is a proposal to launch a collection of pure swimming baths. Particularly the group goals to reintroduce swimming within the river Thames to spice up public use by Londoners. The concept was launched in 2014 as a part of a London As It May Be Now programme and a Kickstarter marketing campaign helped raised £142,000 for a Pre-Planning Report back to assess the varied websites alongside the Thames. Positive, this one doesn’t exist but, however we’re excited to see the place this mission goes and, for now, the opposite London lidos ought to hold us cool for the summer season. For those who like a group mission, try the plans for Peckham Lido, too.
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