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London Fields Lido

Sport and fitness Hackney
4 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)
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Jonathan Perugia

Time Out says

A dogged 18-year campaign by the London Fields User Group saved this 50-metre lido from demolition, and it reopened in 2006. After a nine-month refurb in 2017, it's looking swanky once again. Open year-round, it’s heated and well used: during busy holiday periods it closes at lunchtime between sessions to make sure as many people as possible can enjoy it. Picnicking is off-limits but there are two cafés.




Address: London Fields Westside
E8 3EU
Transport: London Fields Overground
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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As a member of the better Gyms across hackney this place is a real treat in the summer as entry is free. It does get busy during heatwaves but you can always find a spot and skip the queue as a member and the atmosphere of a packed swimming pool feels exciting and vibrant anyway. At less busy times it's also nice to have a quite read and picnic in the sun before several leisurely dips! Worth taking the day off and having some time out from the bustling city.


With this unusual summer heatwave it appears all of London sets out for open water at any available opportunity, so prepare for the place to be packed on a hot weekend. The lido is incredibly good value at just £5 for an adult entry ticket and you can bring in your own food and water – there's a water fountain too. The 'sunbathing' space isn't that large and be prepared to lie down on hard concrete but for those hoping to get in the lengths, the swimming lanes are very well organised. There are slow, medium and fast lanes with a clockwise swimming system. The changing and shower facilities are great and the whole pool is very clean. There is a cafe too serving hot drink and sandwhichs although there isn't much in the way of variety. Overall a great place to spend a hot day! 


What a great refurb, this is by far the best better org swimming pool in London. (Bar the Olympic pool when it's not full with competitive swimmers). Great facilities and enjoyable for all levels from beginners to pro lane swimmers. Friendly staff, warm-ish pool even on winters evenings and generally a great atmosphere.


Despite being managed by Better this place is really well run. It's Olympic sized (50m) so you can get some proper swimming in, plus a bit of sunbathing on the side if the weather is right. They have a snack/coffee bar too. Indoor and outdoor changing rooms, plus showers. Gets crazy busy if its really warm, but is best in the freezing cold with steam rising from the water, so you're swimming in a cloud!

Love this place so much that I'm secretly hoping for not too much sun this summer, so I don't have to share it with the fair-weather swimmers. Great staff, nice lido-ers, and nothing more beautiful on a cold winter's day than the steam rising off the water and the icy tree branches against the sky.

I be been swimming for years and I have tried several pools in London . By far the best in London in terms of length &size of lanes, facilities, water temp, people, price (it counts as gll-better', if you have the £30/month option) and opening hours . To avoid only in hot summer days;it fills up with people who don't know how to swim or to behave when swimming . Also sometimes the indoors changing rooms are really busy - the ones outside though are great .

Really really dirty, dunno how many time they clean the pooll, but in my opinion it is very dirty. cheers

Went swimming there whilst visting from Ireland on a saturday morning in the depths of winter. Best hangover cure in London! :)

Swimming there on a crisp winter's day is amazing. I definitely swim further and faster just through being there. Combine it with a brisk bike ride to get there and you're in exercise heaven.

Really clean and good condition pool. Wide so lots of lanes for all different levels of swimmer

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