May 19, 2016

So you’ve resigned yourself to the British Summer, where 19 degrees is practically a heatwave. You’ve cautiously packed away your jumper in favour of a one-piece and you’re ready to dip your toes into one of London’s outdoor pools and ponds. From art deco lidos to natural swimming ponds, there’s an option for whatever corner of London you’re from.

London Fields Lido

Because outdoor swimming in the UK in a pool that’s not heated, is not the one. Take a trip to London Fields Lido which is heated to a balmy 25 degrees or kick back on the sun terrace under those blue skies.

Brockwell Lido

Brixton’s Beach aka Brockwell Park Lido is a 1930s art deco gem with a 50 metre pool. Closed in 1990 and reopened just four years later, it’s one of our favourite summer hangs at the end of the Victoria line.

Kings Cross Pond

Pitched as an art exhibition / actual swimming pond, Kings Cross Pond is a pretty unique place to take a dip. Right in the middle of tower blocks and construction work, it’s open for two years admitting a limited number of swimmers in every day.

Hampstead Heath

Technically not a lido, we know, but it’s an outdoor swimming space in London and that’s good enough for us. Tucked away in the idyllic surroundings of Hampstead Heath, the park has three different swimming ponds. Pack a picnic and head out for the day.

Serpentine Lido

Take a plunge in a pool that is carved out of the main Hyde Park pond. The water is unchlorinated (and pretty chilly), you might share a pool with a stray duck or two, but it’s an essential summer bucket list activity.