Tooting Bec Lido
71 locals recommend ·
Why locals recommend it
The largest freshwater pool in England is 90m by 30m and has a thriving local community of swimmers. Open since 1906 and surrounded by trees and red, yellow, or green changing cubicles, it makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. When the sun is out, the water is dazzling. There’s a decent café too. The lido is open to the public in the summer months, but only open to members October through May. In January, you can watch, or even sign up for, the Cold Water Swimming Championships—a real spectacle. Brad Pitt’s even visited.
Tips from locals
Fancy an outdoor swim? The Lido is now open until 30th September. Open 06:00am to 7:45pm every day until 31st August. From 1st-30th September, closes at 4:45pm, weather permitting.
This is an amazing lido - it's so massive it doesn't feel crowded even if it's full of people. It's not so easy to get to from here if you don't have a bike or car, but worth the trip if you love swimming!