Hillingdon Outdoor Pool
Time Out says
Formerly known as Uxbridge Lido, the Grade II-listed, 50m, open-air swimming pool reopened in 2010, restored to its 1930s glory, complete with cascades (fountains) at either end and a new, heated shallow splash pool for children. The outdoor pool is now part of a new leisure centre that includes an indoor pool of the same size. Out in the open, there’s space to chill by the pool and café for post-swimming snacks.
Hillingdon Sport and Leisure Complex Gatting Way
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Users say (5)
Average User Rating
2.3 / 5
- 5 star:1
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:3
Biggest issue with this pool is it is hardly ever open. Even on a sweltering day like today it is not open past 6pm. And if you go at 5pm it is overrun by teenagers who take over the pool and have failed to remember that life isn't all about them. Disappointing and not worth the effort.
Swimming here made me realise there is a big difference between a facility and community. Sure it's unheated, but that's the deal.... the problem isn't apparent, this place has everything needed to make it a fabulous place, but it just isn't. Complete lack of interest from the pool staff, no outdoor cafe, and no vibe. If you want to swim outdoor, find a lake. There are now more in the area which are opening up for patrolled open water swimming sessions.
I love this place. I'm not sure why some of these reviews are so bad, it feels more like they had a one-off bad experience or didn't do their research properly. The information on the website has always been accurate and the staff are most definitely not moronic!
Yes, it can get busy, but everyone who attends (all the times I've been) are happy and having a good time. There is a great energy about the place, it definitely is a no-ego facility. It's one of the larger outdoor pools in London, so plenty of space for the kids to splash around (with a separate pool for parent and baby) and for adults to swim lengths in the sunshine.
The pool is not heated, but once you're in it's absolutely fine! When it's hot out and you've been sunbathing, the pool is the perfect temperature to cool off. You might just need to brace yourself for that first dip ;-)
They have lockers poolside so you can keep your belongings safe, as well as music playing and a BBQ by the pool.
I don't know about you, but for £5 I think all of that is pretty bloody fantastic! Ignore the moaners below, this really is a great place to cool down during those hot hot hot days of summer.
Horrible customer service, swimming pool was not actually available as it was all taken by classes. Poor information on the website... Avoid.
Avoid thie gym and pool at all costs. It's run by morons for morons. Ok if you want to catch something nasty in the sweaty gym or filthy changing rooms. The classes are run by illeterate bored staff and the management are the dregs. I won't mention the queues or the unattended phone line directing you to the tired website. Save some time and money and either buy a home workout video or go to a specialist instructor in your discipline of choice elsewhere.
its frrrrreeeezing as not heated!!!! Even the kids didnt want to go in. On a hot day it was 16c!!! indoor is ok but forget the outdoor one unless you have a wetsuit...
Had a great time here with my 4 children and friends during the hot weather. Although we enjoyed our time here there were a few things that definitely could of improved it ... 1st being there are only 4 toilets 2 for females and 2 for males they were disgusting and didn't have toilet paper, this leads me to thinking that the pools sanity will be affected by this! Secondly people could basically do what they liked once in and I saw parents putting babies in the pool for long periods of time without swim nappies and nothing was said, whilst swimming I was frequently passed by rubbish that had blown in, the bins were over flowing, the childrens pools had a slimey bottom and looked murky I suspect this is a combination of lots of sun cream and babies in without swim nappies! In conclusion could be a very nice day out if steps were taken to improve the hygeine of the place.
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