Brockwell Lido – a swimming paradise in South London.
Brockwell Lido has been a haven for fans of cold water for many years and our CASC registered Swimmers Club is an inclusive organisation for people to share their love of this beautiful urban oasis.
To sign up for your FREE membership click here (currently 437 members).
- Win a pair of Maru Goggles - Those lovely people at Swimming Times have given us a fabulous pair of Maru Competition Swimming Goggles for you to win in our November competition. The Maru‘s Pulse Mirror Goggles come in a lightweight design making them ideal for competition or training. They have a mirrored lens with a stylish gold tinted finish which reduces […]
- AGM Wednesday 15th November - This is a quick reminder of the Brockwell Swimmers AGM Annual General Meeting happening Wednesday 15th November at the Prince Regent pub, opposite the Lido, starting 7:30pm prompt. You will find us at the big table to the right of the bar. Lots to talk about including Water Polo, ASA Affiliation, Swim Sessions 2018, Planned […]
- Crisis Relay Swim 9th December - Brockwell Swimmers are putting Relay Teams together for the Crisis Mid Winter Swim happening at the Lido on Saturday 9th December at 11am. Four members per team each swimming one width. Great fun for a great cause. The registration fee is £26.08 (per person) which welcomes someone who is homeless in from the cold at […]
- It’s a Hoot at Parliament Hill Lido - Our sister North London sister Lido will be holding their annual Parliament Hill Icy Swim Hootenanny, PHISH for short, on Saturday 20th January. This is always a pilgrimage for cold water swimmers from across the UK and beyond and always good fun. Swimmers can enter as a team or individually. To join Team Brockwell book […]
- Club Swim Sessions 2018 - We will be running some pilot indoor Club Swim Sessions starting January 2018 and would like your feedback on what you would like to learn or practice? Please complete this short survey… Club Swim Sessions 2018 was last modified: October 27th, 2017 by brockwellswim_adminshare on...
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.
Rebirth of the Lido
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.
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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