Record numbers cool off at the Tooting Bec Lido
Published: Thursday 25th July 13
Record numbers of people have been cooling off at the Tooting Bec Lido during this month’s heatwave.
Over the past three weeks, more than 30,000 people have taken a dip in the historic lido - Europe's second largest freshwater open-air pool.
Visitor numbers for the first three weeks in July were more than ten times higher than the same period last year.
Environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: "With the sweltering temperatures we've seen over the past few weeks it's no surprise that the Lido has proved so popular. When it's as hot as it has been recently there really isn't a better place in the city to cool off and enjoy the summer.
"It is great that Wandsworth residents have such an amazing open air pool so close to home."
Earlier this month The Daily Telegraph named the lido as one of London's best outdoor pools - labelling it "a south London treasure" which had been "a popular spot for bathers and leisure seekers since 1906".
It is one of only a handful of surviving open air swimming pools in London. It measures a colossal 91.5 metres in length and also boasts a separate pool for toddlers and extensive space for sunbathing and picnics.
Over the past decade £1.5m has been spent by the council in improving the facilities and ensuring its long term future.
In recent years it has been named by Time Out magazine as the best in place in the capital for 'uninterrupted swimming' and as the 'Best Outdoor Swim in London' in The London Pools Campaign's Golden Goggles Award.
The lido is open to the general public from May 29 to the end of September. Opening hours are 6am to 8pm until August 31 and 6am to 5pm from that date until September 30.
Admission charges are adults - £6.20 (£3.80 after 6pm); OAP's/children/students - £3.80; children under five - free; families (two adults and two children) £16.25.
For more information about the lido visit www.tootingbeclido.co.uk