Take a dip outdoors in one of London's many lidos

By Rachel Bishop on July 5, 2014 9:00 AM |



As the weather warms up, why not go beyond the confines of indoor pools and check out some of London's impressive lidos?

■ Tooting Bec Lido
This is London's longest lido at 90m (almost two Olympic length pools) but warm it ain't. Even on a sunny day it can get a little nippy after about 10 minutes. Post swim, why not head to south Deli restaurant Dosa and Chutny or peruse the market in Tooting Broadway?
Open May; 6am-6pm, June-August; 6am-8pm, September; 6am-5pm, Tooting Bec Road, £6.
Go to placesforpeopleleisure.org.

■ Hampton Open Air Pool
Spend the entire day as there's an on-site sauna, cafe, grass for lounging and a gym. There are even concerts throughout the summer. There's not a lot beyond the pool though. After a swim, take a stroll through Bushy Park and go deer spotting.
Open all year, 9am-5pm, High Street, Hampton, £3-6.70.
Go to hamptonpool.co.uk.


■ Shoreditch House
From its privileged perch there are views of the City and across London. But it's expensive. To get into this exclusive venue you must be a member of Shoreditch House, which costs £900 per year. Post swim, enjoy the rest of the club - after all, you're paying for it.
Open all year; 7am-10pm, Ebor Street, Shoreditch, £900.
Go to shoreditchhouse.com.

■ Charlton Lido
This lido underwent a £2million refurbishment in 2013. It now offers a new gym, cafe and terrace. But it's not easy to get to. The nearest station is Westcombe Park, which is a 30-minute walk away. After a swim head to Greenwich Park and into Greenwich Town Centre, where there's the Cutty Sark, Old Royal Naval College and the Royal Observatory.
May-September, Monday-Friday; 7am-7.30pm, Saturday-Sunday; 9am-5pm, Hornfair Park, Shooters Hill Road, non-members £6.
Go to better.org.uk.