Tooting Bec Lido - the perfect place to keep cool

Published: Friday 4th May 18

With temperatures set to soar this bank holiday weekend people are being reminded that there is no better place in London to cool off than the much loved Tooting Bec Lido.

The lido, Europe’s second largest open air freshwater swimming pool, will open its doors for the summer season tomorrow morning (Saturday).

"A south London treasure"

Labelled “a south London treasure” by the Daily Telegraph 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, a cafe and extensive space for sunbathing and picnics.

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 council’s environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “With really warm weather expected this weekend, there really isn’t a better place in the city to cool off and enjoy the sun.

“It’s great that Wandsworth residents have such an amazing gem on their doorsteps.”

As well as offering a great outdoor swimming experience the Lido has recently been improved with the construction of a £900,000 pavilion offering space for workout and exercise classes plus new toilets, changing rooms and a first aid room.

This investment came from funds provided by the council, the South London Swimming Club (SLSC) and Sport England.

As well as new toilets, changing facilities and a first aid room, the pavilion houses a multi-purpose exercise room used by the SLSC to enhance and increase participation in their annual programme of swimming and triathlon competitions. It can also be hired for other recreational activities. A new courtyard also provides additional space for sunbathers.

Over the past decade more than £1.5m has been spent by the council in improving the facilities and ensuring the pool's long term future.

The main pool at the lido will open tomorrow morning from 6am until 7.45pm. These daily opening hours will remain in place until August 31.

For more information about the pool and admission prices visit

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