The lido is located in the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park and is open to the public during summer. Members of the Serpentine Swimming Club may swim all year.
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I was planning on spending a day here since July but then the Olympics started and my kid got the chickenpox blah blah blah so basically, yesterday was the first , danger free and sunny day we could all spend outside. Yay!
So! not surprisingly, the place was packed! There was a long queue for the tickets but they moved quite fast (no more than 10-15 minutes).
The prices are reasonable: £4...more
While you can swim in the freezing lido, if you have children (10 and under, maybe 7 and under), you can't beat the children's paddling pool and play area overlooking the serpentine. Four pounds for an adult, one pound for 3-5s, and free for under 3s. There are life guards, bathrooms, and a sandwich shop. And most of the mummies there are very nice and friendly.more
The Serpentine Swimmers club are famous for braving the cold and duck-infested waters here in almost any weather or season. I know this mostly because in the changing room of my local outdoor pool in Hackney, braggadocio Serpentine club members (sometimes old enough to be my grandfather) often cajole us weaklings for swimming in a lukewarm bath. Eager to see what the fuss was about, myself...more