Free Swimming As Brockwell Lido Reopens This Weekend

By Londonist Last edited 85 months ago
Free Swimming As Brockwell Lido Reopens This Weekend

It’s a sign as clear of any that spring has arrived – Brockwell Park lido is about to open for business. The Olympic-sized outdoor pool is running a free weekend to mark the start of the six month swimming season on the weekend of April 2 and 3.

Situated in the underrated Brockwell Park, which is nestled between Brixton and Herne Hill, the lido is much loved by both the local community and Londoners from further afield. With its classy poolside cafe, modern gym facilities (open all year round) and sun-lounging area, Brockwell lido is better equipped and more intimate than its local rival, the massive pool (91 metres) in Tooting Bec Common.

The lido management work hard to provide for different users. As well as being home to a number of clubs and classes, the pool is open outside office hours. Serious swimmers can get in at 6.30am on weekdays, while for those who want to unwind after a hard day’s work, the pool stays open until 8pm in the evenings.

“Seeing it now it’s hard to believe that a few years ago there was a question over the Lido’s future, but thanks to local residents working with Fusion and Lambeth Council, it’s now firmly established as one of the best places to swim in London, and getting more and more popular each year,” said Cllr Florence Nosegbe, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the 2012 Games.

By Tim Woodall

Read Jason Cobb's Love Your Lido tribute from last summer.

Last Updated 28 March 2011


Do you love Brockwell Lido? I'd love to hear from you. Would be interested in running an article about the lido. Email


There's an interesting community page i found on facebook called brockwell lido gym & spa forum, looks like more about classes (which i am interested in) and the gym than just the pool but it does the pool too, lots of photos and instructor descriptions, lots of info


Thanks for that - will seek it out.

Rosemary Smith

That picture brings back fond memories of when I was a child, living in London & spend many happy hours in the Lido. Cant believe that was 58 years ago. Well done to  Lambeth for keeping it going.