the best lidos and swimming spots near london
The Thames usually conjures up images of murky, dirty water – the last place we’d like to take a dip. But cast those nightmares aside, because this restored Edwardian bath is as lush as they come, and much clearer than its namesake. Slip into the gently heated open-air pool at Thames Lido and soak up your surroundings: trees wave overhead, beach-hut inspired curtains hang lazily across the entrances to the changing areas and the glass walls scatter light across rippling waters. After you’ve done your lengths, head to the hot tub and sauna for some post-workout relaxation or take a seat at the spacious restaurant to refuel.
Getting there: by train in 26 minutes from Paddington to Reading.