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Parliament Hill Lido

Sport and fitness Gospel Oak
4 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
Parliament Hill Lido
Andrew Brackenbury

Built in 1938 and refurbished in 2005, the Grade II-listed Parliament Hill Lido measures a generous 60 metres by 28 metres. It has a stainless steel pool liner (the only one in an outdoor pool in the UK) which gives the water a metallic shimmer – not that you'll be able to tell when it's packed full of people on a sunny day. The lido is unheated, but wetsuits are permitted at the lifeguard’s discretion. There are two sessions a day (7-9am and 10am-6pm) with an additional adults-only evening session on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. There's a paddling pool for under-fives and a cafe.


Venue name: Parliament Hill Lido
Address: Parliament Hill Fields
Gordon House Rd
Transport: Gospel Oak Overground
Price: £2.50-£7
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Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:6
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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I'm not a London (or U.K.) native. I didn't grow up going to lidos. So for me the facilities (changing rooms without doors, showers, lockers, restrooms) seemed generally lacking. There's a faded glory feeling about the whole place. And what's up with those unbreakable stainless steel mirrors? With a day ticket priced at £7, I think people who can afford to pay it can be trusted with not vandalising the first mirror they see? I guess what I’m trying to say is that steel mirrors to me comes across as medieval as the amalgam tooth fillings I keep on seeing on NHS victims.

I also for the life of me don't get it how so many people (I went on a super sunny Sunday afternoon) could be seemingly enjoying lying on that extra hard flooring. There's no grass, no recliners, nothing, so maybe double up on your beach towels. My bones were aching after 15 min. Another case of 'you have to be born here to get it?'

I came in the afternoon, and there was a lot of rubbish left behind (seriously, people!)

But the lido itself is rather glorious. It's 60 meters long (that's longer than the standard Olympic size of 50 meters), has dedicated swimming lanes and is well maintained. It's also very petty to look at thanks to the shimmer (apparently it’s got a new silver lining that catches the light beautifully).

The lido is also less than 5 min walk from Gospel Oak station - that's the only lido I've been to in London where you don't need to spend forever walking to, so I will definitely be back for a swim (and then will do my sunbathing on the grass in Hampstead Heath instead).


Admittedly tend to swim here at times that are usually quiet but it's a great pool. Really clean and beautiful on a sunny day. Deduction of a star for the shallow end being so shallow to the point that your arms hit the floor as you swim at that end

Absolutely amazing place for a sunny day in London. Spent all day here on Sunday from 10am-6pm. 

Such a nice pool and plenty of space to lie around without being bothered. Only thing that lets this place down is the kiosk. Not great food and definitely a good options to pack a lunch if you plan to spent all day. Can get pretty busy to earlier is better for a good spot! Really clean also with lots of changing rooms. Get a group of friends and get down there on the next sunny day! See you there!

Staff Writer

My absolute favourite place to spend a morning in the winter, at least. Summer sounds like it gets a bit manic, but if you want that wintry lake plunge feeling in beautifully clean, not-too-chlorinated-water right on the edge of the Heath, there's no better place for it. Check the timings online or give them a call because I've made the 'what do you mean I can't swim with the wetsuit clad triathletes' mistake before in the evenings (and it's super long, so beware starting a length of butterfly and then being surprised you're nearly drowning), but other than that you're good to go!

This is the best pool ever. Sun July 14th was the hottest day ever and the first time the pool has ever been closed due to overcrowding. I am going on this Sunday with some friends....

This is one of the worst pools I have ever been. Overcrowed until the point to be dangerous, no space to spread the towell, 6 police officers, 2 with dogs!!!... due to the masification we decided to leave in less than 10 minutes, no refunds at all. We have asked for a claim form as it was not normal the amount of people inside and the queue outside. No claim forms were provided saying that they did not have claim forms at the customers dispossal. It is mandatory by law to have claim forms... three people asking us why we wanted the claim forms... it is obvious!! to claim that a maximum aforo must be respected, even in a sunny day where everybody is wishing a bath and pay for it... if the swimming pool is full, they must not allowed more people... dangerous and bad. I do not recommend at all this place, specially in sunny days... very money driven without respect to law and common sense.

The pool is very clean, huge, perfect for summer, good for open water swimming / triathlon training (there are often people in wetsuits). The best time to go is for early session between 7-9am just for £2. The only snag is, that at one end the pool is quite shallow, people with long hands will touch the bottom while swimming crawl :c).

Really good, clean and relaxed - the pool is big enough to contain the children at one end allowing others to splash in peace the other.

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