This weather. Can you believe?
Now, getting dressed up in your best swimwear and heading down for a dip in one of the country’s lidos feels like an activity reserved for our grandparents generation, right? Wrong. The lido is back. And we’re here for it. Taking their name from the Lido di Venezia (the lagoon just outside of Venice, Italy) the lido movement had its heyday in the thirties…thankfully, however, they’re on the rise once more.
Only a 25-minute jaunt from our Bristol store, this lido in Clifton combines two of our favourite things; exercise and food. With Freddy Bird as head chef, the Mediterranean-inspired food is ‘unpretentious’ and utterly DELICIOUS.
Built in 1935, this grade-two-listed building reopens for the summer season on Saturday 26th May 2018. Plenty of insta-appropriate content opportunities lay ahead, complete with tanning deck and art deco vibes.
We couldn’t talk about lidos without mentioning the OG – Bath. Since Roman times, lucky bathers have enjoyed the naturally-heated waters (it’s the only place in the UK that you can). Towel togas and spa treatments abound.
After sitting derelict for years, and thanks to the same regeneration team from the Clifton lido, the Thames lido had its grand opening late last year. Same great food, same 20-24 degree water, same 100% rating from us.
Also reopening on May 26th (clearly a big day for lidos), this modernist masterpiece had it’s pools renovated last year and the next stage is to refurb its buildings (help them raise the funds here). Get on down to B town.
This 50m (that’s Olympic-sized!) pool reopened earlier this year after a full renovation. The people of East London rejoiced and the facilities, complete with cafe and warm showers, make this a morning haunt for the many.
Home to the horse racing, jazz and literary festivals, the cultural capital of the Cotswolds also boasts a fabulous lido (who knew?). Open from March until mid-October, their triathlons and aquathlons are a must for the fitness fans amongst you.