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‘There is now a stampede’: it’s all kicking off at London’s lidos

Isabelle Aron

Unless you’ve taken up residency in a freezer or have fashioned a very small plunge pool out of an ice bucket, you’re probably very, very hot right now. In fact, it’s officially the hottest July day on record in the UK.

So, what to do when you’re in a state of perpetual sweating? Hit the lido, of course! Sadly, everyone else has had the exact same idea, which means London’s lidos are in chaos. As always, there are massive queues:

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But it seems the nearly 40-degree heat is really getting to people. Over at London Fields Lido, one person commented: ‘There is now a stampede on the pool. Security has been called out.’

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Summer queueing. we must be mad. Lido Love in Hackney

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While the police have been called in at Brockwell Lido...

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Today’s “beach”

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...and at Parliament Hill Lido
So if you were thinking of going for a post-work dip in your local lido, it’s safe to say you should probably just chuck a bottle of water over yourself instead. You’re welcome.

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