Love it or hate it, the heatwave is upon us, and what better way to fill those summer holidays than with a trip to your local Lido? London can be decidedly sticky in the summer, which is no fun with kids , so an outdoor pool is the perfect way to keep them cool and channel some holiday vibes too. Whip out the latest novel and a cold drink and you might just be able to steal five minutes peace, and pretend you’re in the south of France!
1. Serpentine Lido, Hyde Park
Take the kids to one of London’s most famous Royal Parks to paddle in the Serpentine, which has a gated family area with a paddling pool and play area, plus sun loungers to hire so you can catch some rays. The lido area is open for swimming from June to September. Be warned, the water is cold and you may find yourself sharing a dip with the resident ducks and swans!
Address: Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
2. Oasis Swimming Pool, Covent Garden
This hidden gem slap bang in the middle of Covent Garden is a real find in the summer heat. Cool off after a day’s sightseeing in the capital, at this heated outdoor pool which is open all year round. There’s also a 25m long indoor pool, a sun terrace and patio area.
3. Tooting Bec Lido
Tooting Bec Lido is a historic part of the local community, first opened in 1906 it’s one of the oldest lido’s in London, and the largest outdoor freshwater pool in the country. Open to the public from May to September, the huge 90 metre pool is surrounded by colourful changing huts, which make for some great snaps. Facilities include a children’s paddling pool and a bustling café. Tooting Bec Lido is one of the most popular London outdoor pools.
4. Brockwell Lido, Herne Hill
South London families flock to Brockwell Lido at the first hint of sunshine, to enjoy its 50 metre pool surrounded by stunning art deco architecture. The Lido Café serves delicious vegan and vegetarian food, and there are loads of events and activities held here throughout the year, from toddler dance classes movie nights.
5. Park Road Leisure Centre, Crouch End
This much-loved lido in Crouch End is fab for kids, offering a separate children’s pool, a soft play zone (indoors) and lots of open green space for them to run around. The main pool is 50 metres long and dates back to 1926. One of the most favourite London outdoor pools among locals. Pack a picnic and find a shady, grassy spot beside the pool to refuel hungry little tummies.
Address: Park Rd, Crouch End, London N8 8JN
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