Friday is set to be a scorcher in London, with temperatures apparently hitting a glorious 31°C. SO, in the fleeting moment of British Summer Time, let’s get outside and make the most of it.

Lidos (outdoor swimming pools) aren’t just for families and kids, although like me, I’m sure loads of you frolicked about in lidos when you were a kid and now they’re something of a distant memory. But fear not, a lido is for all ages, all shapes and sizes! So get your kit off and take a dip in one of the top ten lidos we’ve picked out, all across the UK!

1/ Wycombe Rye Lido


Wycombe Rye Lido - heated most of the year
Wycombe Rye Lido – heated most of the year

2/ The Bristol Lido – a pretty snazzy looking place, accompanied an even snazzier poolside bar and restaurant


3/ Brockwell Lido – The Olympic size 50 metre pool is surrounded by a superb Grade II listed art deco building housing a state-of-the-art gym and studios


4/ Tinside Lido Plymouth – An absolutely stunning semi-circular lido, set in 1935 art-deco architecture upon the waterfront, which was voted one of the top 10 outdoors pools in Europe. Breath taking views makes this one you wouldn’t mind travelling to

Fresh salt water is pumped continuously, so you have fresh water every 4 hours
Fresh salt water is pumped in continuously, so you have fresh water every 4 hours


5/ Pells Pool East Sussex – the oldest outdoor pool in Britain and always looking to improve itself. It’s huge as well which means you won’t be brushing past any old guys in their budgy smugglers…

6/ Parliament Hill Fields – The super trendy one and the one I used to go to as a kid. So I love it! Even if it is a little hipster…



7/ Jubilee Pool Penzance – If you’re looking for regal. This is it. Stunning art deco, literally built on the sea with views of the promenade and a cafe which serves lunch and dinner.

Grandeur at it's finest
Grandeur at it’s finest

8/ Ilkley Pool and Lido – freshwater with a large grass area for picnics and sunbathing

9/ Woburn Lido – heated, olympic sized and right next to the wildlife park, an easy day out



10/ Sandford Parks Lido Cheltenham





If you’re planning a day out this summer and you’re looking for a change from the seaside, why not check out your nearest outdoor pool? Visit for a list of more than 100 sites throughout the UK.