As the weather reaches scorching temperatures, we're dreaming of considerably more exciting weekend activities: picnics in the park, rooftop drinks and, of course, cooling off poolside. With your towel and a summer read packed and ready to go, it's probably time to start thinking about where you're going to show off your front crawl.
Obviously, this is no ordinary summer – after months of working from home and strict lockdown conditions, the desire to go to the lido is stronger than ever but the rules are tighter than you may be used to. Pools and lidos were understandably closed during lockdown and only began to reopen in July (as long as they have plenty of COVID-ready precautions in place). What this means for you, intrepid swimmer, is that they are reducing numbers and spacing out swimmers, and booking a slot is essential.
London is still overflowing with incredible lidos to dip all 10 toes into – whether you're looking for a kid-friendly watering hole or somewhere to hang all day with friends, this city is a treasure trove of outdoor swimming options. From art deco beauties to 1970s restored gems via Bloomsbury-era natural ponds, there's a pool for everyone. All you need to do is make sure you have all the latest information (and have booked ahead) before setting out and diving in!