Brockwell Lido

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Brockwell Lido
Brockwell Lido.jpg
Coordinates: 51°27′11″N 0°06′23″W / 51.453056°N 0.106389°W / 51.453056; -0.106389
Address Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, Lambeth
Postcode SE24 0PA
Opened 1937
Operator Fusion Lifestyle Ltd
Architect Rowbotham & Smithson
Type open air
Status Grade II Listed
Length 50 metres (160 ft)
Gym, hydrotherapy pool, cafe

Brockwell Lido is a large lido in Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, London. It opened in July 1937, closed in 1990 and after a local campaign was re-opened in 1994.


Brockwell Lido was designed by HA Rowbotham and TL Smithson of the London County Council's Parks Department to replace Brockwell Park bathing pond and is almost identical in design to the Victoria Park Lido. It opened in July 1937.

The lido closed in 1990 due to cost-saving measures by Lambeth Borough Council. A Brockwell Lido Users group was established to lobby for re-opening.[1] The lido management was put out for tender and two former council employees won the contract and reopened the lido in 1994.[2]

Lucy Blakstad's "The Lido" was filmed at Brockwell Lido in 1995.[3]

In 2003 it was classed as a Grade II listed building.[4]


Brockwell Lido in 1938

It has recently had a gym added to the building.

In 2001, the Evian logo was painted on the pool floor in a sponsorship deal worth £110,000. In 2005, £500,000 was awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the £2.5 million redevelopment.[2]

In 2012 the 'Brockwell Icicles' winter swimming group reformed and campaigned for all year round swimming... the current operator Fusion agreed and the Lido is now open 7 days a week all year for those who enjoy cold water swimmers. (Membership is not required a new cold water swimmers can turn up and pay on the day)

The Lido Café is an attached café/restaurant looking onto the pool.[5]

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