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London Fields Lido ~ the only heated outdoor Olympic pool in London.

London Fields Lido SignWhile outdoor swimming in London could be viewed as a bit of a novelty (think Hampstead ponds!), the heated Olympic pool at London Fields is an historic venue and worth a visit.  Summer is officially here whether or not the weather cooperates.

Source: Borough of Hackney archives

Source: Borough of Hackney archives

History:  Records show that London Fields park has been around since at least 1540.  Today this 30+ acre park just a few miles from central London has something for everyone – including grassy areas, a pub, tennis courts, a BMX area, bicycle paths, a well used cricket pitch and a lido.  The Lido originally opened in 1932 but was closed in 1988.

London Fields Pool

Today:  After saving it from the wrecker, restoration and renovations have returned the Lido to a better version of its former self.  Reopened in 2006, it is now open year-round and is heated – making it the only outdoor heated Olympic size pool in all of Greater London.  The restoration conducted by Cypress swimming pool contractor retained some of the architectural style and feel of a 1930’s Lido.  Run by Greenwich Leisure Ltd it is now a popular place justifying its renovation.   In addition to the pool, there is also a sunbathing terrace and a cafe.

London Fields Lido 3

Organized Events:  During the middle of the day (usually 9:30am – 6pm or later on Fri-Sun) the pool is open for general swimming.  In the early mornings and at other times there are structured programs for those who would like water based workouts or training.  For example the Swim Fit program (most mornings at 6:30 – 9:30 am) is aimed at swimmers who want to swim in a lanes to get more of a workout.  See their website for a full calendar of events:


While swimmers should bring their own towels, accessories such as googles, armbands and floats are available to purchase at reception.  They are changing and shower facilities as well as onsite lockers available (bring 20p’s or £1.00 coins). the showers will now have LED shower head systems which will surely please the kids.

Anyone can use the Lido.  Admission is £4.50 (16+) or £2.70 (under 16).  Frequent users should consider a membership.

Located at:  North-west corner of London Fields Park, London Fields Westside, London E8 3EU.

Closest Rail:  London Fields (direct trains to Liverpool Street)

3 comments on “London Fields Lido ~ the only heated outdoor Olympic pool in London.

  1. inspiringcity
    June 29, 2013

    Not too far away from me this. Have to agree London Fields in the summer is a great place to go always a good atmosphere with everyone chilling out. Had no idea that their was an Olympic size pool there though 🙂

  2. itwonthurt
    July 23, 2015

    Came from Putney to try it out. Excellent temperature, good lanes, great swimming manners, laid back atmopshere,a perfect swim and must be the best value cafe in London.

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