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Barnet Council and GLL would like to apologise to customers for the extended closure of the pools at Finchley Lido Leisure Centre.

We are pleased to announce that essential repair work carried out by Guild Architectural Restoration is due for completion in September 2020.

The Centre will be Covid-secure on re-opening late October 2020 and we look forward to welcoming you back.

The specialist works that have been completed during the closure includes repair, maintenance and strengthening of the roof, beams and steel columns.

Additional items have also included the repair of the glazing panels in the pool hall and essential works within the health and fitness area and studio.


Other improvements during closure to improve the customer experience include:

  • New poolside changing cubicles, vanity area and lockers
  • Installation of a new ventilation system

GLL has developed a re-opening plan to commence upon completion of works which will include:

  • Deep clean of centre
  • Fill main and leisure pool tanks
  • Re-commission plant room
  • Outdoor ground maintenance
  • Centre Covid-secure protocols

To ensure that the centre is Covid-secure - when we welcome you back there will be a number of changes to our leisure centre to ensure safety for all customers and staff including:-

  • New hygiene measures in place including an enhanced cleaning schedule and sanitising stations
  • One way entry and exit system
  • Sessions must be booked in advance via the Better App or online
  • Be activity ready and shower at home if possible, as we’re limiting access to showers and changing rooms
  • Bring your own water bottle, towel and hand sanitiser, if possible

Your co-operation, along with the safety measures and all the efforts from our staff, will help keep our leisure centres safer, better and stronger than ever.

We expect to open our doors and welcome back our customers to both pools & gym, mid-late October.

In the meantime, swimming is currently available within the new facilities at New Barnet Leisure Centre and Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre. For programming and details please visit https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/london/barnet

Please continue to check our web page and social media channels for the latest news and information.