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The Serpentine, a lake in the centre of London's Hyde Park, has a marked out lido area and plenty of opportunities for the swimmer. During summer these include morning swims with the Serpentine Swimming Club (no wetsuits), swimming during lido opening hours (10:00 - 18:00)

The annual Christmas Day swim at the Serpentine is open to Serpentine Swimming Club members only. Participation in at least three Saturday swims of the 'winter series' is required.
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  • Added: 29/11/2016

    Located in Hyde Park, the Serpentine Lido has been a Londoner's escape for over 100 years. Come and experience the outdoors in a unique atmosphere and enjoy a relaxing swim in the Serpentine. Or pull up a deckchair and sunbath while children play gleefully in the background. It's all right here in the middle of London.

    http://www.serpentinelido.com

    http://serpentineswimmingclub.com

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  • Added: 22/02/2018

    Even when Hyde Park is packed on a hot summer's day, there's always space on the grassy banks beside the Lido (and the water is rarely packed either!) Swans, Canada geese and moorhens intersect your path as you go up and down and even from the water, surrounded by trees, you can see the city blocks brushing the sky in the distance. Its the best of both worlds - calm within the chaos.

  • Added: 25/06/2018

    t is open on weekends throughout May (including the May Day Bank Holiday) and seven days a week from 1 June 2018 to early September 2018.

    Alongside the Serpentine Lido is the Lido Cafe Bar which has waterside tables and is the ideal place to enjoy a snack, meal or a glass of wine.

    The Serpentine Swimming Club is the oldest swimming club in Britain. They swim every day in the Lido area between 6:00 am and 9:30 am and also during the famous race on Christmas day.

    Opening times

    The Serpentine Lido is open from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (last entry 5:30pm) every day in June, July and August.

    During May it is only open on weekends and Bank Holidays.

    Please note: The paddling pool is currently out of operation while redevelopment works take place. These works are expected to finish around 25 May 2018.

    Pricing

    Adult - £4.80 (£4.10 after 4pm)

    Concessions - £3.80 (£3.10 after 4pm)

    Child - £1.80 (£1.10 after 4pm)

    Family Ticket - 2 adults and up to 2 children -£12.00 (£9 after 4pm)

    Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 2 adults to every 1 under 16 if customers are using the lake.

    Sun lounger - £3.50 rental price for the whole day.

    Facilities

    Sun Terrace, sun bathing area

    Children's play area including swings, slide, climbing frame and paddling pool

    Open water swimming in The Serpentine in area 30m x 100m.

    Kiosk with tea, coffee, cold drinks and sandwiches available

    Wetsuits permitted

    Water tested weekly to ensure quality and safety

    Triathlon training sessions every Monday and Thursday evening with Swim For Tri

    Contact details

    Call 020 7706 3422 for further information and bookings

    DISADVANTAGES...... only 40 lockers, locker key has no band to put on your arm, just a string, very small changing room, and only 2 outdoor showers.....but if you go when not busy for a quick 45 min swim as i do once a week, it is wonderful to swim with the ducks and swans.....on writing this on 25/6/2018 there is a awful art installation made of oil barrels on the lake blocking the view of the other bank...it is a huge monstrosity..but it wont be there forever.

    This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

    the water is quite shallow...no diving allowed because it isn't deep enough...you will get muddy feet if you put your feet down, but soon washes off.

    lifeguards are on duty.

  • Added: 25/06/2018

    t is open on weekends throughout May (including the May Day Bank Holiday) and seven days a week from 1 June 2018 to early September 2018.

    Alongside the Serpentine Lido is the Lido Cafe Bar which has waterside tables and is the ideal place to enjoy a snack, meal or a glass of wine.

    The Serpentine Swimming Club is the oldest swimming club in Britain. They swim every day in the Lido area between 6:00 am and 9:30 am and also during the famous race on Christmas day.

    Opening times

    The Serpentine Lido is open from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (last entry 5:30pm) every day in June, July and August.

    During May it is only open on weekends and Bank Holidays.

    Please note: The paddling pool is currently out of operation while redevelopment works take place. These works are expected to finish around 25 May 2018.

    Pricing

    Adult - £4.80 (£4.10 after 4pm)

    Concessions - £3.80 (£3.10 after 4pm)

    Child - £1.80 (£1.10 after 4pm)

    Family Ticket - 2 adults and up to 2 children -£12.00 (£9 after 4pm)

    Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 2 adults to every 1 under 16 if customers are using the lake.

    Sun lounger - £3.50 rental price for the whole day.

    Facilities

    Sun Terrace, sun bathing area

    Children's play area including swings, slide, climbing frame and paddling pool

    Open water swimming in The Serpentine in area 30m x 100m.

    Kiosk with tea, coffee, cold drinks and sandwiches available

    Wetsuits permitted

    Water tested weekly to ensure quality and safety

    Triathlon training sessions every Monday and Thursday evening with Swim For Tri

    Contact details

    Call 020 7706 3422 for further information and bookings

    DISADVANTAGES...... only 40 lockers, locker key has no band to put on your arm, just a string, very small changing room, and only 2 outdoor showers.....but if you go when not busy for a quick 45 min swim as i do once a week, it is wonderful to swim with the ducks and swans.....on writing this on 25/6/2018 there is a awful art installation made of oil barrels on the lake blocking the view of the other bank...it is a huge monstrosity..but it wont be there forever.

    This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

    the water is quite shallow...no diving allowed because it isn't deep enough...you will get muddy feet if you put your feet down, but soon washes off.

    lifeguards are on duty.

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