Posted by: brigid benson | November 13, 2014

Postcard from: The Serpentine Lido

 

Capital swimming in the heart of London!

Capital swimming in the heart of London!

As someone who loves to swim, I am always excited by inspirational swimming places.

I’ve even dedicated a chapter of my book  52 Weekends by the Sea to one of my favourites: the unique heated seawater Olympic size experience of  Stonehaven open air Art Deco pool.

Here’s another favourite: the Serpentine Lido in London’s Hyde Park.  The beautiful 110 yards open water swimming area was created in the Depression of 1930 by George Lansbury. His vision for healthy recreation was also the first opportunity for mixed bathing and sunbathing in the Royal Park.

Check out this wonderful Pathe clip of swimmers in caps and costumes diving in with delight on the opening day.

Thanks goodness the rowing boats are no longer permitted in the swimming area!

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The Lido and lovely children’s paddling pool are open through weekends in May and seven days a week from June 1 to September 12. You’ll find all the details here: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park/things-to-see-and-do/sports-and-leisure/serpentine-lido

A great place for summer refreshment whether or not you are a swimmer

A great place for summer refreshment whether or not you are a swimmer

 

Occasional visitors to the swimming area

Occasional visitors to the swimming area

The  experience of swimming in Hyde Park is spectacular, the environment is beautifully maintained and I am especially impressed by the new wildflower plantings; a conscious move by the Royal Parks to reverse the decline of Britain’s wildflowers and to create beautiful bumble bee feeding stations. The park gardeners have done a spectacular job!

Hyde Park wildflowers

Hyde Park wildflowers

 

 


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