Early mornings and the winter months are the preserve of the Serpentine Swimming Club, but from May to September there’s a warm welcome for everyone in this section of the Serpentine lake – although the water is not heated. It’s not chlorinated either, a boon for swimmers who prefer to avoid the stuff, as well as to the wildlife (you may find yourself sharing a dip with the local ducks and swans). The gated family area with a (chlorinated) paddling pool, sandpit and swings means parents can relax while their children play. There's a private sunbathing area and sun loungers for hire and a kiosk within the lido grounds makes it possible to order from the popular Lido Café next door.
|Venue name:||Serpentine Lido||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||10am-6pm weekends and bank holidays in May; 10am-6pm daily June-Aug|
|Transport:||Tube: Hyde Park Corner/Lancaster Gate|
|Price:||£4.80, £3.80 concs, £1.80 children (over three), £12 family ticket (two adults and up to four children)|
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Well the swimming is nice and the small pool and play facilities for the kids are good. Location is great and there's a nice café next door.
There are nowhere near enough lockers for the amount of people that use the facility. I went last week and there must have been around three or four hundred people there. There are approximately 40 lockers provided. And there is no elastic band or wrist strap on the locker keys to let you wear it on your arm whilst you swim. What do they expect you to do with the key ? Why do the management consider it acceptable to run a facility with inadequate places to leave your valuables ? It really isn't good enough. Also, shower and changing facilities are dreadful. 2 open air cold showers by the lake - with the use of shampoo prohibited as the shower water drains back into the Serpentine. Why couldn't they construct a small shower block nearby ? There is plenty of room. There are exactly 3 cubicles in the changing rooms (which is also the toilets) and the door opens right into the reception area - so if the changing cubicles are occupied and you have to get ready in the main room - every time someone opens the door, the whole queue at reception gets a view...
This place could be so much better if the people that ran it paid a bit more attention to the situation with the lockers, showers and changing areas. All it would take is a little money and some common sense...
coool poool love it so much i cant wait to go back on tues i hope there are no more children around. its so lovely