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Best Lidos & Outdoor Swimming Pools in London

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Best Lidos & Outdoor Swimming Pools in London

Make the most of the summer sun in one of London’s most appealing outdoor swimming pools


Soak up the last of the summer sun with a spot of alfresco swimming. Avoid the duds and don your finest swimwear at one of the finest lidos in the capital; with our guide to the best lidos and outdoor pools in London.

Shoreditch House Pool

Shoreditch House Pool

Best outdoor pools & lidos in London

Shoreditch House

This members-only open-air 16-metre pool is fully heated and open all year round. With a poolside bar, blue-tiled décor and Gatsby-esque red and white striped loungers, if you’re not in the club, be sure to start buttering up your member mates now for that coveted +1 spot. You’ll want to find your lounger and stay parked for the foreseeable.

Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds

Probably one of the most picturesque swimming spots in London, if not the UK. Set amongst 800 acres of Hampstead Heath parkland, the ponds are open from 7am and cater for both ladies, men and mixed swimming groups. Open until sunset, you’ll have to arrive early if you want a weekend pitch for all the family.

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Parliament Hill Lido

Built in 1938, this Grade II-listed Parliament Hill Lido is one of the biggest lidos in London at 60 metres by 28 metres. Unheated, you might want to consider a wetsuit on cooler days, and like all public outdoor pools in London you’ll have to arrive early during a heatwave. This pool’s USP is its stainless steel pool liner (the only in the UK), but if this doesn’t impress the kids, the under-5’s paddling pool and onsite café should please them.

Tooting Bec Lido

The second-largest outdoor freshwater pool in Europe (and the UK’s biggest), this 90 metre outdoor pool is the Londoners’ choice. With its iconic changing huts lining the sides, it’s a picturesque spot for an energetic morning swim, or a poolside bathe. Despite its 14-hour opening hours, you’ll struggle to find a quiet time on a hot summer’s day.

The Berkeley Hotel

A luxury London hotel with a rooftop pool is a rare gem; and the Berkeley’s offering should be top of your wish list for a hot summer’s day in the capital. With panoramic views over Hyde Park, a Tuscan-style terrace and a retractable roof, this is one of the best places for an alfresco swim. The roof is scheduled to remain closed this summer, but it’s still well worth a visit and worthy of booking in to your plans for summer 2018.

More fantastic London hotels in our Great British & Irish Hotels Guide 2017