East London Lidos and Outdoor Swimming
16th June 2023
16th June 2023
East London has plenty of remarkable options for those brave enough to get their open-air swim on. From glowing lidos to choppy waters, there is something for everyone. To ensure you get the best outdoor swim fix, booking ahead is key - don't rely on luck!
My list of East London's best lidos and pools has something for everyone, from fitness fanatics to those just wanting to lounge in the sun.
London Fields Lido is a 50m Olympic size, heated outdoor swimming pool open all year round and located in Hackney, central London. The swimming pool has lane swimming available all day, swimming lessons for children and adults, one-to-one swimming lessons and advice and instruction for members and non-members during our swimfit sessions. Facilities also include a café as well as a large sundeck and sunbathing area.
Address: London Fields West Side, London E8 3EU
Hours: 6:30 am - 9 pm
Phone: 020 7254 9038
Nestled in the corner of Brockwell Park, the lido is a 50m pool flanked by sun bathing terraces and fully enclosed by a boundary wall and long, low, flat-roofed pavilion buildings in a moderne style. These have been sensitively restored and extended to provide new health and fitness facilities alongside the pool.
Address: Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, London SE24 0PA
Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30 am–7 pm Saturday - Sunday 7:30 am–6:30 pm
Phone: 020 7274 3088
Parliament Hill Lido, located in Hampstead Heath, north London, is next to Gospel Oak railway station. The lido, also known as Hampstead Heath Lido, is a public unheated open air swimming pool, open for 12 months a year. It first opened in 1938.
Address: Parliament Hill Fields, Gordon House Rd, London NW5 1LT
Hours: 7 am - 8 pm
Phone: 020 7485 575
Dive headfirst into the Royal Docks in safety thanks to these open water Swimming sessions, which run four times a week. Swimmers are tagged to make sure nothing goes wrong and qualified coaching is available should you feel you've thrown yourself in the deep end. Race distances are marked to help those training for competitive events. Children aged six and over are permitted but they must be able to swim 200m without stopping, wear a wetsuit and a tow float and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Address: Victoria Dock, London, E16 1AG
Opening Hours: Wed 4pm-8pm, Thu 6am-9.30am, Fri 4pm-8pm, Sun 7am-10am
Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club is South London’s premier fitness destination. The Lifestyle Club boasts the latest state-of-the-art gym Technogym artis equipment, along with dedicated Fitness and TRX classes in our deluxe studio. Also available is an open air Group Cycle Studio which is one of a kind! During the summer months their sun terraces are a great place to soak up the sun whilst sipping a cool drink from their seasonal Coffee Corner, which is open from June to September.
Address: Hornfair Park, Shooters Hill Rd, London SE18 4LX
Hours: Monday - Friday 6 am–8 pm Saturday - Sunday 8 am–4 pm
Phone: 020 8856 7389
I hope this helps!