Brockwell Lido | 30s Open-Air Pool
We could tell you there were no great outdoor swimming pools south of the river…
That would be a lido.
There’s one in Brixton, in Brockwell Park – close to Herne Hill overground if we’re being exact.
Brockwell Lido is an Olympic-sized unheated swimming pool, that after 80 years of business (it opened back in 1937) has become something of a South London institution.
Whether you’re a dedicated all-seasons swimmer, or your only dedication is waking up early on a suggested heat wave with an extra large towel and a picnic breakfast, lunch, and dinner, if you’re a South Londoner you’ve paid your six quid and made a visit.
The pool’s also surrounded by a Grade II listed art deco building in which you’ll find a fully-equipped gym; fitness studios for spin classes, body pump, pilates, and more; a spa area with a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi; and The Lido Cafe.
It’s actually a really nice space – it’s bright and airy, and full of plants. Plus they have a terrace that looks over the pool for mid-summer al fresco dining. It’s open for breakfast until about three, seven days a week, serving mostly brunch food – scrambled eggs, smashed avocado, and shakshuka – as well as the odd salad bowl. Plus they do cocktails (good ones) for after swimming, of course. Although be careful how many you drink…
…before you’re left front crawling home.
NOTE: Brockwell Lido opening times vary according to the time of year, but see them all in full, plus entry fees, on their website here.
Brockwell Lido | Brockwell Park, Dulwich Road, SE24 0PA
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