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Better Lidos and Outdoor Swimming Pools

With many outdoor pools offering sunbathing terraces and continental style cafes, British lidos have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. Following their heyday during the 1920s, a number of art deco buildings have been restored and re-opened to the public, enabling another generation to enjoy the pleasures of open air swimming.

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London Fields Lido

London Fields Lido is a 50m Olympic size, heated outdoor swimming pool open all year round and located in Hackney, central London. The swimming pool has lane swimming available all day, swimming lessons for children and adults, one-to-one swimming lessons and advice and instruction for members and non-members during our swimfit sessions. Facilities also include a café as well as a large sundeck and sunbathing area.

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Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club

Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club in South London, reopened in 2013 following a massive £2 million refurbishment. As well as the heated outdoor pool, this site also features a gym, exercise studio, café, seating and sunbathing areas.

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Jesus Green Swimming Pool

Jesus Green Swimming Pool, situated in Cambridge, is one of the few remaining examples of the lidos built across the country in the 1920s. It opens for public bathing between May and September every year.

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Oasis Sports Centre

According to TimeOut, Oasis Sports Centre is one of London’s best kept secrets! An 27.5m outdoor pool with an unrivalled history, it was first recorded as a bathing destination in the form of a Turkish Bath in 1728.

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Woodstock Open Air Pool

Woodstock Lido, located in Oxfordshire, consists of a main 25m swimming pool with a diving board and a toddlers’ paddling pool. The pools are heated to a very comfortable 29C. Facilities include indoor changing rooms with hot showers, a café and a large grassed picnic area.

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Finchley Lido Leisure Centre

Finchley Lido Leisure Centre, located in Barnet, includes a seasonal open air swimming pool, indoor pool, wave machine, fun spraying air jets, manoeuvrable water cannons and a rolling rapids feature.

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Riverside Park and Pools

Adjacent to the River Thames, between Crowmarsh Gifford and Wallingford, Riverside's campsite and heated outdoor pool is an ideal location for a family day out. Facilities include a 23m heated pool, interactive water feature, campsite boasting 18 pitches, shower and washing facilities. Swimming season passes are available.

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West Reservoir Centre

West Reservoir is a manmade lake in the heart of Stoke Newington. It’s also London’s foremost Open Water Swimming venue. While wetsuits are compulsory, there is a stunning waterside café situated in what was once a pumping house – the ideal location to soak up the sun’s rays afterwards.

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Abbey Meadows Outdoor Pool

Abbey Meadows, in Abingdon, has a heated outdoor pool, splash park with spray fountains, plus there's a play park and crazy golf course to keep the whole family entertained.

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