Serpentine Lido

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Serpentine Lido

Early mornings and the winter months are the preserve of the Serpentine Swimming Club, but from May to September there’s a warm welcome for everyone in this section of the Serpentine lake – although the water is not heated. It’s not chlorinated either, a boon for swimmers who prefer to avoid the stuff, as well as to the wildlife (you may find yourself sharing a dip with the local ducks and swans). The gated family area with a (chlorinated) paddling pool, sandpit and swings means parents can relax while their children play. There's a private sunbathing area and sun loungers for hire and a kiosk within the lido grounds makes it possible to order from the popular Lido Café next door.

Venue name: Serpentine Lido
Address: Hyde Park

W2 3XA
Opening hours: 10am-6pm weekends and bank holidays in May; 10am-6pm daily June-Aug
Transport: Tube: Hyde Park Corner/Lancaster Gate
Price: £4.50, £3.50 concs, £1.50 children (over three), £10 family ticket (two adults and up to four children)
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Sarah J

I came here a lot this summer for open water swim sessions by myself and with Swim for Tri technique sessions in preparation for my triathlon. The downside is there are no hot showers, only one pool-side straight after you get out. In the mornings there are ducks, and you do get the occasional feather or clump of pondweed in your face but it's all part of the natural open water experience. The views are so nice, and the lifeguards and staff are really friendly. There's also discounts for students - which is helpful. 

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coool poool love it so much i cant wait to go back on tues i hope there are no more children around. its so lovely