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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.

Booking a swim online

All lido sessions will need to be pre-booked online or via the Better UK app. If you already have a membership with us but haven't set up your booking account, not to worry, click the link below to view our step by step guide to creating your booking account, FAQs and more.

Booking lido sessions on the Better UK app

Swim in the open air

London Fields Lido

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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Uxbridge Lido

Hillingdon Outdoor Pool

The Grade II-listed, 50m, open-air swimming pool with cascades fountains at both ends and a heated shallow splash pool for children. It is the perfect destination for a cool dip in the summer.

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Jesus Green Lido

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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Stoke Newington West Reservoir

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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Woodstock open air pool

Woodstock Open Air Pool

Please be aware that Woodstock Open Air Pool is temporarily closed. 

Finchley Lido Leisure

Finchley Lido Leisure Centre

Please be aware that Finchley Lido Leisure Centre is temporarily closed. 

Riverside park and pools

Riverside Park and Pools

Please be aware that Riverside Park and Pools will be closed for the season. 

Abbey Meadows Pool

Abbey Meadows Outdoor Pool

Please be aware that Abbey Meadows Outdoor Pool will be closed for the season. 

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