Brockwell Lido

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Herne Hill

The 50-metre pool is surrounded by art deco Grade II-listed buildings which house the Lido Café (winner of a Time Out Eating and Drinking award for 'Best park cafe' in 2011) and exercise studios, offering year-round dance and pilates classes and activities for pre-school children. An eclectic range of events are organised on the site, from film nights to furniture fairs, and the Brockwell Lido Users' Group ( is active in ensuring the facility meets the needs of the community. On weekdays before 10am admission is free to people over 60. 

Venue name: Brockwell Lido
Address: Brockwell Park
Dulwich Rd
SE24 0PA
Transport: Rail: Herne Hill
Price: £5.65, concs £3.90, child £3.40; early swim (6.30-10am) £2.85, concs £2.20; evening swim (5-8pm) £3.15, concs £2.65
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The thought of donning a swimming costume at any of London's outdoor swimming venues fills me with dread, however slightly less so at this one.  Maybe it's because there's a few less hipsters which makes it less busy and more spacious than London Fields (for the sum of a quid extra).  Great showers and decent changing rooms equipped with hairdryers, however don't do what I did and forget your towel, there's no renting one.  Slightly off putting by the spectators spilling out from the poolside cafe but if you can get over this it's worth the (very cold) plunge. 

Staff Writer

The best of all the Lidos, much less queuing, really cheap, all year round opening times and an amazing cafe which is worth a visit alone.

Such a relaxing way to spend an afternoon and a balanced crowd too (not too many boozy posers, not too many families).

Breakfast at the cafe is one of the best in London and they also make a mean cocktail, no reason to leave all day.

Ellie Whittaker

The pool is open all year round for 2013 with both Summer and Winter Timetables in place. Membership for use of all facilities is also good value! A beautiful setting with great historical value


I think it's a great place to go swimming - it's only £3.10 for a swim, there are showers inside and out. There are small lockers by the pool and the pool is much bigger than most of London's indoor pools! There's a little bit of grit and leaf litter in the pool but -hello!- it's OUTSIDE. This is to be expected. It is open until 8pm every day in summer.