Hello heatwave! When the sun (finally) comes out, you can’t beat a dip in a cool London lido. And luckily, these outdoor pools are allowed to open to the public again. The city is flooded with outdoor options, so when the temperature rises, it’s a total breeze to find a lovely lido or outdoor pool to splash around in.
Things might look a little different now – one-way swim lanes, reduced capacities and plenty of hand sanitiser once you’re out of the water – and you will almost certainly have to pre-book a spot at any of the pools listed below for the foreseeable future. It’s worth checking out all the rules and systems of the lido or pool you want to visit before you get there. It may kill the spontaneity of making a splash, but anything is worth it for that feeling of dipping a toe back into the water.
Whether you’re looking for alternative ways to get fit, family-friendly fun or a body of water to lounge around next to, take your pick from the list below. These are the best lidos and outdoor swimming pools in London.
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