Swim­ming in the great out­doors


Uxbridge Gazette - - What’s On - By FREDERICA MILLER frederica.miller@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Fred­diAMiller

THE sum­mer hol­i­days are edg­ing ever closer and out­door swim­ming pools can be the per­fect places to keep your kids cool and happy, splash­ing around over the long break.

Whether you fancy loung­ing by the pool or plung­ing into a park lake, you can’t beat swim­ming al fresco on a swel­ter­ing sum­mer’s day.

West Lon­don has a hand­ful of child-friendly li­dos and out­door pools per­fect for fam­i­lies who fancy a dip.

From a Grade II listed lido to a leisure cen­tre pool with sun­bathing decks and saunas, these are the places you can swim out­doors in and around west Lon­don. Ser­pen­tine Lido

The Ser­pen­tine Lido and its ac­com­pa­ny­ing pad­dling pool in Hyde Park are great for both adults and chil­dren. It is open seven days a week from June 1 to Septem­ber 12. Along­side the Ser­pen­tine Lido is a café, sun ter­race and chil­dren’s play area.

Hyde Park, S Car­riage Drive, Lon­don W2 2UH

Hilling­don Out­door Pool For­merly known as Uxbridge Lido, the Grade II-listed, 50m, open-air swim­ming pool was re­opened in 2010 and is now one of the best li­dos in the coun­try.

The out­door pool has been re­stored to its 1930s glory, com­plete with cas­cades (foun­tains) at both ends and a new heated shal­low splash pool for chil­dren.

The out­door pool is now open for the sea­son through to the au­tumn.

Gat­ting Way, Uxbridge UB8 1ES

Oa­sis Sports Cen­tre

Oa­sis Sports Cen­tre, lo­cated in the heart of Covent Gar­den, is a de­light­ful heated out­door swim­ming pool. The pool is open all year round and is sur­rounded by pa­tio ar­eas, a sun­bathing deck and sauna. Even Prince Wil­liam is par­tial to a swim!

32 En­dell Street, Lon­don WC2H 9AG

Pools on the Park, Rich­mond Since 1966, Pools on the Park has pro­vided count­less peo­ple with one of the most holis­tic leisure fa­cil­i­ties in the area.

Lo­cated just a min­utes’ walk from Rich­mond train sta­tion, Pools on the Park lido is a great spot to watch life go by and en­joy a cool­ing swim on a hot sum­mer’s day. Rich­mond Coun­cil be­gun man­ag­ing the pools in April last year and has in­vested sig­nif­i­cantly to im­prove both in­door and out­door swim­ming pools, in­clud­ing in­tro­duc­tion of the sur­round lights to en­able evening swim­ming.

Old Deer Park, Twick­en­ham Road, Rich­mond TW9 2SF

Toot­ing Bec Lido

Built in 1906, Toot­ing Bec Lido is one of Bri­tain’s old­est li­dos.

It is also the big­gest open-air fresh­wa­ter pools in the coun­try, mea­sur­ing 91.44 me­tres long by 30.18 me­tres wide.

The al­ter­nat­ing bright red, yel­low, and green doors of the chang­ing cu­bi­cles seen above the turquoise wa­ter make the Lido a pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion for film­ing – Brad Pitt’s box­ing scene in Snatch was filmed there.

Toot­ing Bec Lido, Toot­ing Bec Road, Lon­don SW16 1RU

Hamp­stead Heath Swim­ming Ponds

Hamp­stead has three dif­fer­ent ponds for swim­ming – one for men, one for women and one mixed.

The men’s and ladies’ ponds are open all year round, but to use the mixed pond in the win­ter sea­son you must join the Hamp­stead Heath Win­ter Swim­ming Club.

The ponds can be chilly, even in the sum­mer.

Hamp­stead Heath, Lon­don NW5 1QR

The Ser­pen­tine Lido; (bot­tom left) Hilling­don Out­door Pool; (bot­tom right) Oa­sis Sports Cen­tre

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