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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  • Studland Seahorse Swim 2nd July - East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club is organising its eight Seahorse open water swim across Studland Bay, near Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. This very popular annual swim is by kind permission of the National Trust and in support of the Seahorse Trust. The event will be held in affiliation with the BLDSA […]
  • New indoor Winter Water Polo - Brockwell Swimmer’s Water Polo is back for an indoor winter event at Alleyn’s School pool in East Dulwich, just a stone’s throw from our normal home at the Lido. Thankfully the water will be a little warmer! Like the Summer evenings, this will be open to all abilities with the emphasis on fun rather than […]
  • Henley Classic 25th June 2017 - The organisers of the Henley Classic 2.1K endurance swim (wet suit optional), happening on Sunday 25th June 2017, have agreed a 10% discount for Brockwell Swimmers. The event is a celebration of mid-summer, providing a unique opportunity to swim one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of open water in the world at the […]
  • Happy New Year 2017 - Hoping everyone had a swimmingly good Christmas and we look forward to a New Year packed with more fun aquatic events, both at Brockwell Lido and beyond. PS. We have a couple of places available for Team Brockwell at the Tooting Cold Water Swimming Championships happening Saturday 28 January 2017. CLICK HERE for more details. […]
  • Team Brockwell win medals in Poland - Brockwell Swimmers traveled to Poland to take part in the Fourth International Winter Swimming Championships. This year’s venue was the beautiful and historic port of Gdansk with the 25 metre course positioned at the marine in the centre of town. Following a welcome meeting at the ancient Merchants’ Hall, teams paraded their colours through the […]

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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