To celebrate my husband’s birthday yesterday we decided to treat ourselves to a Lido day out. We’ve known about the Lido for a while now but rarely get a whole day to ourselves (work, children, pets etc.!) so a birthday on a beautiful blue skied February day seemed like the perfect excuse to check it out. Look at this pretty pink blossom that we passed on the street: Spring is definitely in the air, don’t you think?
We were very excited about our day out, having looked at lots of pictures of the Lido on the internet and having been inspired by Kate Rew’s book Wild Swim. We planned our visit to include the swim and lunch package. You can read about the history of this once abandoned very special Victorian pool if you are interested here. The Lido is tucked away from view, a hidden gem in the City.
Doesn’t this water look inviting?
There were outdoor changing rooms for those who wanted the authentic Lido experience and some lovely natural body washes to use : the Lido runs a strict policy that requires all guest to wash before using the facilities and by ensuring that all swimmers enter the pool squeaky clean, the need for chlorine has been greatly reduced.
Are you ready to take a dip?
There is something very special and exhilarating about swimming in an outdoor pool or the sea….
Time for a warm up in the outdoor hot tub, then shower and change. There was a lovely little boudoir room upstairs where you could dry your hair, overlooking the pool:
Next, a much appreciated cappuchino to warm up (!) and a fantastic lunch in the restaurant overlooking the pool:
We savoured every moment and hoped fingers crossed for the chance to return another day soon….