We all love the summer, but what if the heat gets too much? There is something quite special about a beautiful sunny day spent in the city but, it can be equally nice to pass a few hours somewhere a little cooler. If the heat is rising and you find yourself longing for refreshing dip, then it’s time to head to one of these hip London lidos to cool off. When you’re staying at the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch, one of the top hotels near Old Street Station, you’ll be within easy reach of these trendy summer hangouts…
London Fields Lido - Hackney
London Fields Lido is a 50m outdoor pool in central London, providing swimming lessons for all ages. Having been saved from demolition just over a decade ago, this much-loved lido is now in regular use, with a heated pool and all the facilities you would expect. It closes during busy periods at lunchtime to ensure maintenance, but with a huge sundeck (complete with dedicated sunbathing area!) there’s nowhere in the capital quite as chilled out. Plus, it’s in a great location near the popular independent bars, shops and eateries of Hackney.
Where is it? London Fields West Side, Hackney, London, E8 3EU
Serpentine Lido - Knightsbridge
A delightful offshoot of Hyde Park, the Serpentine Lido (and its paddling pool) is ideal for adults and kids alike. Open seven days a week from June – September, the lido offers comfort-led sunbathing and 110 yards of swimming facilities. The lido even has its own swimming club (the oldest in Britain), and a snack bar for reclining poolside with a glass of wine.
Where is it? Hyde Park, S Carriage Dr, London W2 2UH
Tooting Bec Lido - Streatham Park
Taking a dip in this enormous pool, you could be forgiven for forgetting that this venue originally opened back in 1906. The base of the South London Swimming Club, the lido includes a café, paddling pool for smaller children and lockers for keeping your belongings safe. At 90m, it’s the UK’s largest outdoor pool, slavishly attended by fitness fanatics all year round.
Where is it? Tooting Bec Rd, SW16 1RU
Charlton Lido - Charlton
Having undergone extensive renovations to the tune of £2m, Charlton Lido was reopened in 2013. With a 50m pool, two sun decks, a fully-fledged fitness centre and a cheery café on site, it has everything guests need for relaxing by the water’s edge.
Where is it? Hornfair Park, Shooters Hill Rd, London, SE18 4LX
Brockwell Lido - Herne Hill
Built in the grounds of an Art Deco, Grade II listed building, the Brockwell Lido has undergone a recent extension, and appeals to devoted swimmers and hobbyists alike. As a registered charity, the Lido encourages support for open-air swimming and boasts fantastic facilities including an on-site gym and spa.
Where is it? Dulwich Road, London, SE24 0PA