Best outdoor pools uk for a refreshing cold water swim

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From Art Deco lidos to saltwater baths, in this article of best outdoor pools UK, we’ve selected some of the finest examples that really make a splash…

Best outdoor pools uk

London Fields Lido, London

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Best for: Serious swimmers and sunseekers 

Let’s dive straight in at the deep end with this superb 50m Olympic size heated outdoor pool in Hackney. London Fields Lido is open all year round from 6.30am-9pm and has a cafe and plenty of space for sunbathing.

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Photo: London Fields Lido

Tooting Bec Lido, London

Best for: Hot summer weekends 

Here’s a little known fact: Tooting Bec Lido is the largest outdoor lido in the UK and considered the ‘daddy of London lidos’. The main pool measures a whopping 90m and is open for the summer season between May to the end of September.

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Photo: @slsclido

Tinside Lido, Plymouth

Best for: Vintage charm 

Tinside Lido is an Art Deco salt water swimming pool in Plymouth that’s only open in the summer months. It’s s a magnet for people of all ages who come for a refreshing dip or to relax on the sun terrace. Don’t forget to bring your sun cream!

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Photo: Tinside Lido

Shoreditch House, London

Best for: Hipsters and hedonists 

Shoreditch House is an achingly cool spot with a lush open-air rooftop pool lined with striped sunloungers. It offers views across central London and is the spot for people who want to see and be seen.

Photo: @londonstylesisters

Jubilee Pool, Cornwall

Best for: Quintessential English fun 

This lovingly revamped lido sits on Penzance’s Promenade and is one of only a handful of saltwater tidal pools remaining in Europe. It hosts lots of events including an annual ‘dog day’ where you can swim with your four-legged friends. Book a UK staycation and visit one of these coastal hotels in Cornwall.

Photo: Jubilee Pool

Saltdean Lido, Brighton

Best for: Day-trippers and families 

Thanks to a long-running campaign to save this Brighton landmark, Salt Dean lido was restored to its 1930s glory and re-opened to the public in 2017. If you fancy visiting for the day, it can be easily reached by bus from Brighton Railway Station.

Photo: Saltdean Lido

Main photo: Jubilee Pool

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