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Follow the river out of London and you’ll find an incredible spot for an aquatic day trip. Thanks to a three-year restoration, Thames Lido in Reading’s King’s Meadow is now a lush open-air swimming pool once more.
The lido was fed by the Thames until the 1950s, but these days the Grade II-listed spot is a lot clearer (and warmer at around 23 degrees) than its namesake.
Float along as trees wave overhead, laze in a hot tub or unwind in colourful saunas and you won’t believe you’re just a 25-minute train ride from Paddington.
Pause mid-swim for a coffee in the sun or treat your taste buds to a post-paddle meal in the relaxed restaurant with the likes of baked scallops in garlic buttered shells and labneh-topped aubergine – the food is reason enough to visit. Pre-book to guarantee your spot in the pool and a table for feasting afterwards.
Swim & Eat package from £35. Find out more here.
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