We're giving London's Lidos some love this summer. We've individually reviewed various lidos in the past (links below) but now we've rounded them up, made sure all details are up to date, and have brought them together in one place for you. Enjoy.
Where: Brockwell Park, Dulwich Road, London, SE24 0PA
When: Open all year round. During the summer months, opening times are 6.30am-8pm on weekdays and 8am-6pm at weekends
How big: 50 metres
How much: £5.90 (adults), £3.90 (concessions), £3.40 (kids) and free for under 5s. Season tickets available
How warm/cold: It’s unheated, so expect the pool temperature to rise to around 20°C come mid-June, peaking at 25°C by July. For the colder months … keep your wetsuits handy.
What else: There’s a fully equipped gym on-site, and the lovely Lido Cafe is available for breakfast, brunch, lunch and tea throughout the day.
London Fields Lido
Where: London Fields West Side, Hackney, London, E8 3EU
When: Open all year round. The centre is open 6.30am-9pm, but check website for specific pool opening times.
How big?: 50 metres long and 17 metres wide
How much: £4.80 (adult), £2.85 (kids)
How warm/cold: It’s heated and kept at a balmy 25°C year-round
What else: There are 2 cafes, one at each end of the pool.
Oasis Sports Centre
Where: Oasis Sports Centre, 32 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9AG
When: Open all year round. 6.30am-10pm on weekdays and 9.30am-6pm at weekends
How big: 27.5 metres long
How much: £5.30 (adults), £1.85 (kids)
How warm/cold: An all year, outdoor heated swimming pool, so hopefully your 'nads should be fine
What else: There’s also a 25 metre indoor pool, rooftop sun terrace, cafe and gym
Hampstead Men's, Ladies' and Mixed Ponds
Note: The Ladies Pond is closed until May 2016. The Mixed Pond is ladies only during this period.
Where: All three bathing ponds are located on Hampstead Heath — Ladies’ and Men’s on the east side and Mixed at the south of the park, see map here
When: Open all year round but times vary so best to look at the timetable here. During the summer season (3 May-21 September), the Ladies’ and Men’s ponds are generally open 7am-8pm, while the Mixed pond is open 7am-6.30pm
How big: We haven't got out our measuring tape, but we can confirm they are all big pond-sized. Not terribly helpful, but honest. Men's is the largest, with Ladies and Mixed both being slightly smaller
How much: £2 day ticket (adult) or £1 (concessions). Season tickets also available
How warm/cold: As of 20 June 2014, temperatures were as follows: Ladies' Pond 20°C; Men's Pond: 20°C; Mixed Pond: 20°C. The City of London publish temperatures on their web page, along with water quality tests
What else: Ok, they’re not technically lidos, but they’re outdoor swimming, so we’re bloody well including them. The Ladies’ and Men’s Ponds are unique in the United Kingdom in being the only life-guarded open-water swimming facilities open to the public every day of the year, although there is a lot of guidance around cold-water swimming so do check the guidelines first
Serpentine, Hyde Park
Where: Centre of Hyde Park
When: Open on weekends throughout May and then seven days a week from 1 June until September. Daily opening times are 10am-6pm in June, July and August
How big: It's a whopper, at 30 metres x 100 metres
How much: £4.80 (adults), £3.80 (concessions), £1.80 (kids)
How warm/cold: In summer the water temperature is forgiving, often settling around 20-24°C, but in winter you may have to break through the ice to access the water. Yikes
What else: The Lido Cafe Bar has waterside tables for those who want to enjoy the proximity of the water, but keep nice and dry
Where: Hornfair Park, Shooters Hill Road, London, SE18 4LX
When: Open 7am-7.30pm on weekdays and 9am-5pm at weekends
How big: 50 metres
How much: £6 (adult), £4 (kids) and discounts for booking online or if you’re a Greenwich resident
How warm/cold: It’s heated, with temperature kept around 25°C
What else: Recently reopened after a fit-out. There’s also a gym, tennis courts and cafe nearby
Where: Hillingdon Sports & Leisure Complex, Gatting Way, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1ES
When: Open from spring to autumn, 7am-6pm on weekdays, 10am-6pm at weekends
How big: 50 metres
How much: £6 (adult), £4.70 (concession), £3.30 (kids)
How warm/cold: Unheated, so can be chilly depending on the weather
What else: There’s a heated splash pool for little swimmers and another 50 metre indoor pool. It’s part of Hillingdon Sports & Leisure Complex so there are plenty of facilities
Tooting Bec Lido
Where: Tooting Bec Lido, Tooting Bec Road, SW16 1RU
When: Open 24 May - 30 September. Opening hours are 6am-8pm during June-August
How big: It has a 91.5 metre pool and 15 metre children's paddling pool
How much: £8.10 (adults), £5.40 (kids)
How warm/cold: Unheated, so you might want to take a few laps around Tooting Bec Common before jumping in during colder weather
What else: There’s a cafe and the Common is lovely for a stroll too
Where: Southeastern tip of Hampstead Heath park.
When: The summer season is from 6 May.
How big: 60 x 27 metres
How much: £6 (adult), £4 (concessions) during summer. Season tickets available
How warm/cold: It's unheated, the temperature was recorded at 20°C as of 20 June 2014
Where: Great North Leisure Park, Chaplin Square, Finchley, London, N12 0GL
When: Usually only opens when the air temperature is 22c+, although rule of thumb is you can swim from May on weekends until the summer holidays, when it then opens every day. When open, swimmers can enjoy the pool between 10am-6pm on weekdays and 10am-4pm at weekends
How big: 25 metres
How much: £5.80 (adults), £3.55 (kids) - the cost covers all pools within the Leisure Park
How warm/cold: It’s unheated, but the indoor pools nearby are heated if you need to thaw out
What else: Gym and 2 indoor pools nearby
Where: Bushy Park, off the High Street, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2ST
When: Open 365 days a year (yes, including Christmas)
How big: 36 metres
How much: There are peak and off-peak and weekend prices, ranging from £4.90-£6.80 (adults), £3.70-£4.10 (concessions) and £3.05-£3.85 (kids)
How warm/cold: Heated and kept at 28°C year-round.
What else: Fitness studio and sauna are close by as well as a cafe
Where: Park Road Leisure Centre, Park Road, Hornsey, N8 8JN
When: Apparently due to open for the summer months but no current information available on the website. Keep your eyes peeled.
How big: 50 metres
How much: We'll update when we know!
How warm/cold: Heated
What else: Children’s pool and a cafe
Where: Pools on the Park, Old Deer Park, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2SF
When: Open beginning of May to end of September, 6.30am-8pm on weekdays and 7am-5.45pm at weekends
How big: 33 metres
How much: £5 (adult) and £3.90 (concessions, kids)
How warm/cold: Heated and kept at 24°C
What else: There's also a 33 metre indoor pool for those feeling less brave
Which of the above is your favourite? Have we missed something? Let us know in the comments below. We can also recommend Swimming London by Jenny Landreth, an excellent guide to both indoor and outdoor swimming in the capital.