Here’s a round up of London’s best lidos with places to work out and brunch in-between…
SERPENTINE LIDO (HYDE PARK)
Travel: High Street Kensington (District & Circle) or Bayswater (District & Circle)
Brunch: Serpentine Bar & Kitchen for scrambled eggs and smoked salmon (expect large portions!) In the summer, a Gin Bar serves up jugs of Pimm’s, draft beers and zesty cocktails. Also check out Lido Cafe Bar or Good Life Eatery in Belgravia.
Swim: Serpentine Lido
BROCKWELL LIDO (BROCKWELL PARK)
Travel: Brixton (Victoria)
Brunch: Brockwell Lido Café for avocado on toast with home-pickled chilli, washed down with a Bloody Mary. Or visit Milkwood Kitchen & Bar for eggs and a Bellini (weekend brunch is served from 9.30am until 4pm).
Swim: Brockwell Lido
PARLIAMENT HILL LIDO OR BATHING PONDS (HAMPSTEAD HEATH)
Travel: Hampstead (Northern) or Tufnell Park (Northern)
Brunch: Ginger & White for eggs and smoked salmon, homemade smoky beans on toasted potato sourdough. Or a coffee and a cake. If you’re on the heath, bring a picnic or pop into Parliament Hill Cafe.
LONDON FIELDS LIDO (LONDON FIELDS)
Travel: Bethnal Green (Central) or London Fields (Overground)
Brunch: Wringer & Mangle for a spicy sweet potato and sweetcorn hash with poached egg washed down with flutes of Prosecco. This is a great party spot that will make you want to linger for hours.
Swim: London Fields Lido