Brockwell Lido has been a haven for fans of cold water for many years and our Swimmers Club is an inclusive organisation for people to share their love of this beautiful urban oasis.

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Brockwell Lido, an unheated open air swimming pool situated in South London.

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  • Recruiting for Tooting – 21st June Relays - Tooting Bec Lido are inviting local clubs to their annual Midsummer Relay Races on the evening of Wednesday 21st June at 7:30pm. This will also be the venue for our regular Swim Social evening (normally held at the Prince Regent) so even if you are not swimming please come along and support our teams. Brockwell […]
  • Hastings Swim/Walk 10th June - Brockwell Swimmers are heading for Hastings for our first Swim/Walk of 2017 on Saturday 10th June. We’ll be meeting at Brixton Tube Station at 8:30am then catching the 9:34am fast train from St Pancras to Three Oaks where the walk starts. We would definitely recommend you book your ticket early to ensure you get a […]
  • Swim Walk Diary Dates 2017 - Make a note in your diary because Brockwell Swimmers are heading for the country this Summer for some more jaunts in the fresh air and wild swimming in open water. Saturday 10th June – East Sussex, Three Oaks to Hastings Saturday 22nd July – South Downs, Pells Pool to Saltdean Lido Sunday 20th August – […]
  • More Water Polo Players Please - Our Water Polo Sessions have proved popular, but we need more players to make the Summer Lido sessions financially viable. As well as paying for equipment and our coach, we also have to pay around £300 club insurance to cover the eight evenings we are allowed to play at Brockwell. Please help spread the word […]
  • Swimathon 2017 for Marie Curie - Team Brockwell took part in Swimathon 2017 at the Lido on Saturday 8th April raising £1,407.32 [now risen to £1,662.20] for Marie Curie; an amazing charity who care for people living with terminal illness, offering expert care, guidance and support for them and their families. Our JustGiving page is still open so if you wish […]

History of Brockwell Lido

The Lido was originally opened in 1937 to replace the natural public bathing ponds in the park. The Lido would remain open during the war, though one swimming gala was cancelled in 1944 due to a feared flying bomb attack. From 1947 to 1968 the London Swimming Championships were also held at Brockwell Lido. However, after much neglect and declining usage, the pool was closed by Lambeth Council in 1990.

For 4 years the pool lay empty until two former council employees, Casey and Paddy, won the management contract and reopened the lido in 1994. “It was a time when we let as many things happen as possible just for fun, not necessarily making money, giving people chance to try things out”. However, the future of the Lido again came into question when mounting maintenance costs forced the duo to resign their tender in 2001.

This sparked a strong campaign by local swimmers who produced a survey containing 4,674 signatures from Brockwell Lido visitors that demonstrated the community’s intense attachment to the space. This forced a dialogue with Lambeth Council, resulting in a new three-way framework involving the council, users, and a site management company.

Various management companies were approached and the winning tender was awarded to Fusion Lifestyle who won a 25 year contract to redevelop and run the site (3 million pounds from Fusion and ½ million pounds from English Heritage).

The main alternation to the building was the moving of the south west wall six metres further into the park. English Heritage chose this solution from a number of options developed by Pollard Edwards Thomas architects. Moving this elevation doubled the size of the old changing rooms allowing Fusion to replace these with a new gym and spa complex, ensuring the economic viability of the lido as a whole. The ‘wet’ changing rooms were then moved next to the new entrance on the south east side. Work was completed in July 2007, just in time for the Summer season and the Lido’s 70th birthday.

Present Day

At first the pool was only open during the Summer, but with the increased popularity of cold water swimming, the unheated pool is now open all year round. Hurrah! As well as the fabulous pool, the building also contains a gym, sauna, steam room, exercise studios, a very fine café… and some very, very enthusiastic swimmers.

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