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Brockwell Lido

Sport and fitness Herne Hill
4 out of 5 stars
(12user reviews)
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Time Out says

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. 



Address: Brockwell Park
Dulwich Rd
SE24 0PA
Transport: Rail: Herne Hill
Price: £6, concs £3.95, child £3.45
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4 out of 5 stars

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Brockwell Lido is the perfect destination on a sunny London day. The pool is 50 metres long which means you can really enjoy a decent swim at this outdoor pool. The water is clean and the lanes are split well. You can drop by the Lido cafe on the side of the pool afterwards for a lovely breakfast and some people watching. Be sure to get there early though as the pool gets super busy during the summer.


It's a goodplace to go for a quick dip when its hot. Getting into the lido on a hot day was tedious though, as we had to wait for approximately 45 minutes to get in. Once we were in, it was really packed and we couldnt really find a decent spot. The pool is clean, however the pool railings in the pool needed some cleaning from some sort of buildup. We didn't stay long because it was too busy. The architecture is art deco and quite modest. The cafe is really cool but you have to be patient - we waited for quite a while to be seated, to order and to get our food. The staff are super chilled. Worth checking out, but dont expect all the frills. 


A lovely pool with great adjoining cafe means that Brockwell lido gets packed as soon as the sun comes out. You'll need to get there early to bag a prime spot on the decking. Decent changing facilities, and a paid car park that, again, often gets packed, but is super convenient if you're coming with bags packed for a day of swimming and lounging. 


I have heard much about Brockwell Lido and it's adjoining cafe but not even the hottest of heatwaves could tempt me into an outside pool. 

However, after signing up for a triathlon and needing an outdoor pool to practice in in my wet-suit, I succumbed to the charms of the lido. Even in a wet-suit the water took my breath away so I have great respect for those in normal swimwear. Not all outdoor pools allow wet-suits so this is certainly a USP of the lido and there are plenty of people in wet-suits as well as normal swimwear so if you do happen to use one, you'll blend right in.

I found £6 for a swim expensive especially as it's too cold to spend very long in the pool. There are seperate changing facilities for use of the spa and swimming only. The swimming facilities are small with no individual shower cubicles which I wasn't impressed with. The sauna, again in my opinion, is expensive at almost £13. These changing facilities are quite small but in good condition and the new fangeld lockers use a code and do not require a pound so that's one less thing to remember. It also solves the issue of where to keep your key.

The cafe is nice with a good selection of snacks, hot and cold drinks and full meals.

Edited 26th May


There is no escaping the fact that this pool is on the chilly side, letting nature do the heating, or not on most days. However, once you can breath again there is something exhilarating about a cold swim even if you are providing the live action for the onlookers sipping their coffees in the adjoining cafe. The setting itself is just beautiful and for some reason it feels healthier being able to see trees and clouds when you swim. And, once you are done with your swimming efforts there is no end of treats waiting for you in the cafe to reward yourself for a job well done. 

This is a gem of a lido, situated on the edge of the beautiful Brockwell Park. This non-heated 50m pool is popular all year round. Many people who brave the water during winter without a wetsuit can go and thaw out in the sauna afterwards. Also, highly recommend the lido cafe for a well deserved post swim coffee and cake. Food is a little expensive but the ingredients are organic/locally sourced and tasty.


Great Lido situated in the gorgeous Brockwell park. Also has really good gym facilities and nothing better than a hearty breakfast in the Lido Cafe after a hunger inducing swim! With lots of timeout awards been giving to this eatery it is easy to see why, great brunch selection. Also a lovely spot to just drop by for a coffee and a slice of cake!


I like this lido as a relaxing place to swim when cold. However if it is a weekend and the sun is peaking through it gets packed. Still fun but unfortunately it is too busy for my taste.


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. 

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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.

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.

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