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Where to go for a drink around London's Lido's & Outdoor Swimming Pools

By Paul Caffell (12 May 08)

Guide to London's Lido's & Outdoor Swimming Pools
With London weather heating up over the summer months there's nothing better than going to one of the quality Lido's and outdoor swimming pools in London, and afterwards enjoying a cool pint in one of the many pubs & bars. Information below. Or you may wish to head straight to one of the fantastic beer gardens that London pubs and bars have to offer, if so click on Best Beer Gardens in London. Brockwell Park For pubs and bars near Brockwell Park Lido click here Brockwell Park opened in July 1937 and is a Grade II lido, designed by H A Rowbotham and T L Smithson, architects in the LCC Parks Department. Dulwich Road, London SE24 0PA Tel: 0207 274 3088 For extra information and opening hours of Brockwell park lido click here: Charlton Lido For pubs and bars near Charlton Lido click here This unheated lido (excellent for cooling off in London’s heat) was opened on 6 May 1939. The main pool is 165 ft long and 66 ft wide, with the depth varying from 2ft 6ins to 9ft. There is also a 66 x 20 ft children's pool. Hornfair Park, Charlton Park Lane, Charlton, London SE7 Tel: 0208 8567180. For extra information and opening hours of Brockwell park lido click here: Hampstead Mixed Pond For pubs and bars near Hampstead Mixed Pond click here The Hampstead Mixed Pond is the northernmost of the three ponds near the fairground site, off East Heath Road and is fed by natural springs, via the Leg of Mutton (Viaduct) Pond and the Vale of Health Pond. Hampstead Heath, East Heath Road, London NW3 Tel: 0207 485 4491 For extra information and opening hours of Hampstead Mixed Pond click here: Highgate Ponds For pubs and bars near Highgate Ponds click here Men's and Ladies Ponds: Open daily 07.00-21.00 or sunset if earlier (April-October); 07.30-15.30 December and January; November, February-March 07.00-15.00 or sunset if earlier. Hampstead Heath Highgate, London NW3 (access is via Millfield Lane, N6) Tel: 0207 485 4491 Hampton Heated Open Air Pool For pubs and bars near Hampton Pool click here The main pool was built in 1922 and is 40 yards (36.5m) long and 18 yards (14.5m) wide. The smaller teaching pool (12.5m x 7.3m) is usually full of children enjoying themselves, as it is 0.9m (3ft) deep over the whole of its length. High Street, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 2ST It is open 365 days of the year. Tel: 020 8255 1116 For extra information and opening hours of Hampton Heated Open Air Pool click here: Hornsey: Park Road Pools For pubs and bars near Hornsey Pools click here The open-air pool opened in 1 June 1929 and was known as Hornsey Lido. The pool’s are open from May till September. There is an adjacent indoor main, a small pool and diving pools. Park Road, Hornsey, London N8 8JN Tel. 020 8341 3567 Oasis Swimming Pools For pubs and bars near Oasis Pools click here Oasis swimming pool is an outdoor pool, 1.0 to 3.5m deep, 90 ft x 33 ft and open all year round, except Christmas, Boxing and New Year's Days. Central London, Oasis Sports Centre, 32 Endell Street, London WC2H 9AG Tel: 0207 831 1804 For extra information and opening hours of Oasis Swimming Pools click here: Parliament Hill Lido sometimes called "Hampstead Heath Lido" For pubs and bars near Parliament Hill Lido click here Parliament Hill Lido opened on 20 August 1938 and is 200 x 90 feet, 2 ft 6 ins to 9 ft 6 ins deep and set within a 2.5 acre site on the edge of Hampstead Heath, with a large area for sunbathing and spectactors. The pool is unheated. Parliament Hill Fields, Gordon House Road, Hampstead, NW5 Tel: 0207 485 3873 Richmond Lido (Pools in the Park) For pubs and bars near Richmond Lido click here The lido is Grade II listed. The 33 metre outdoor swimming pool has an extensive sunbathing area, plus indoor & learners’ pool. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 6:30am - 9pm, Sat-Sun: 8am - 6pm Twickenham Road, Richmond TW9 2SF Tel. 020 8940 0561 The Serpentine Lido For pubs and bars near Serpentine Lido click here The Serpentine Lido is part of the Serpentine Lake in London’s Hyde Park. The pool is open June to September seven days a week from 10am to 6pm. The temperature can get to a tropical 70oF in the heat of summer and go down to freezing in Winter. When the lake is frozen the swimmers break a hole in the ice to enable them to get their morning constitutional swim. Central London, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH Tel: 0207 706 3422. For extra information and opening hours on Serpentine Lido click here: or here: Tooting Bec Lido. For pubs and bars near Tooting Bec Lido click here Tooting Bec Lido opened on 28 July 1906 and is the earliest purpose-built open air pool in London, it is also one of the largest lido’s in Europe (300ft x 100ft). Tooting Bec Road, London SW16 1RU Tel: 0208 871 7198 For extra information and opening hours on Tooting Bec Lido click here:

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