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29 Jul 2013

Our Favourite Lidos in London & Nearby


Summer has reared its beautiful head this year and London is going through its hottest spell in temperature since 2006. Beach holidays are once again on the agenda, and who needs the Mediterranean, the Caribbean or the Indian Ocean when you have an array of seaside offerings within a two hour train ride of the British capital?

While you enjoy the comfort of your London holiday apartment, there is plenty of ways you can also enjoy cooling off in the city. There are a range of outdoor swimming pools (lidos) that are open throughout the summer.

Here are our favourite Lidos in London:

1. Brockwell Park Lido

This lido is known affectionately as "Brixton Beach." This Olympic-sized pool caters to serious swimmers in training right the way through to families and friends looking for a splash in the sun. It is set in beautiful Brockwell Park, a 125-metre park with views into the City of London and Canary Wharf. However, this pool is not heated, so make sure you brace yourself before taking the plunge!

Entrance fee: £3.50 adults, £1.90 children
Transport: Brixton (Victoria Line) - 15 minutes walk; Herne Hill (Overground) - 3 minutes walk
More info: http://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/Brockwell_Lido/facility/Outdoor_pool


2. London Fields Lido

A 50-metre heated open-air pool that was renovated in 2006, this lido is located in a pleasant park and is immensely popular with East London locals. It is one of the few heated lidos in London, and therefore can be recommended all year round.

Entrance fee: £4.65 adults, £2.80 children
Transport: London Fields (Overground) - 5 minutes walk; Bethnal Green (Central Line) - 25-minute walk
More info: http://www.better.org.uk/leisure/london-fields-lido


3. Parliament Hill Lido

Parliament Hill Lido is tucked away in the quiet Gospel Oak suburb of North London. It is an enormous 60 metres long and 27 metres wide and contains stainless steel lining, which gives the water a unique shimmer and retains the natural heat to warm the water.

Entrance fee: £4.30 adults, £2.70 children
Transport: Tufnell Park (Northern Line) - 8 minutes walk
More info: http://www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/contacts/non-council-contacts/contact-parliament-hill-lido.en


4. Serpentine Lido

A great example of open water swimming in the heart of the capital. There is a "fenced off" area of the famous Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, which played host to the Olympic 10km Open-Water swim. Water is tested weekly to ensure quality and hygiene.

Entrance fee: £4.50 adults, £1.50 children
Transport: Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line) - 5 minutes walk
More info: http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park/sport-in-hyde-park/serpentine-lido



Or, if you fancy exploring the quintessential English seaside (buckets, spades and ice creams in hand), here are some nearby traditional seaside resorts that work perfectly as a day out from the big city to cool off.


Here are our favourite Lidos near London: 



1. Bournemouth

Located on the south coast of England, Bournemouth is a long-standing favourite with its sandy beaches, cliffs and fun-filled pier including a theatre. Many different bars, restaurants and nightlife lie in wait for when the beachtowels are rolled away.

Getting there: Train from Waterloo Station in 1 hr 50 mins; approx £49 return; www.swtrains.co.uk

2. Brighton

The closest of its kind to London, Brighton is an immensely popular seaside resort and cultural base on the Sussex Coast. If you don't mind the stoney beaches and large crowds, the never-ending entertainments on the seafront and the charm of "The Lanes" shopping area make for a spectacular day out.

Getting there: Trains from Victoria, London Bridge, Blackfriars or Farringdon take around 1 hour. Price from £16 return; www.thetrainline.com

(On hot days, trains to Brighton can get extremely busy - get to the platform early to get a seat.)


3. Whitstable

Whitstable is a small seaside town in Kent, famous for its oysters and upmarket seafood restaurants. There is a small castle, a charming shingle beach and a lower-key alternative to the more lively Kent coastal resorts of Margate and Ramsgate.

Getting there: Trains from Victoria take around 1 hour 25 minutes; approx £25 return; www.southeasternrailway.co.uk


4. Eastbourne

The town of Eastbourne is complemented with a laid-back seaside resort that is quieter than nearby Brighton. The stoney beach enjoys a spectacular backdrop of the cliffs at Beachy Head, and the 1930s bandstands on the seafront hold daily summer concerts

Getting there: Trains from Victoria take around 1 hour 30 minutes; approx £30 return; www.southernrailway.com


If you are visiting London soon and want to book London accommodation or want some advice on your nearest Lido, speak to a customer advisor now. Call us on +44 843 289 8820 or email us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.