13 wild swimming spots and lidos near London

When you’ve butterflied your way through all of London’s lovely outdoor pools and lidos, it’ll be time to venture out of the city for a day trip to get your fix of alfresco swimming. If the prospect of trekking to the beach, only to fight over sunny spots and queue for cones of pricey ice cream doesn’t fill you with enthusiasm, why not try one of these lidos or wild swimming spots on the outskirts of London instead?

Whether you’re after a wild swimming adventure or a quiet place to cool off after a long week of work, we’ve gathered a list of some amazing swimming spots near London, where you can make a getaway without going too far away. Better dig out those speedos…

the best lidos and swimming spots near london

Thames Lido

Thames Lido, Reading

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.

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