Wednesday, 19 May 2010
I went for my first lido swim of the year yesterday at Parliament Hill Lido on Hampstead Heath. It's my local lido and I do love it. But I wish it was heated. The water was 14˚ yesterday. Pretty cold, but warmer than Kenwood Ladies Pond where I did my first two outdoor swims of the year, thinking it would be warmer than the lido. It wasn't. It was 11˚ there at the weekend and so cold you couldn't breathe for the first few seconds after getting in.
Still, I'm not complaining. Cold as it is, it's just lovely to swim in the fresh air, in a huge clean pool, with only a couple of other people in it. And I do love the 1930s design of the place.
It doesn't have the facilities of other lidos such as London Fields, where not only is the water heated but they have fancy coffee on sale. But styrofoam cups of builders tea at my lido are only 60p, and you can't argue with that when your toes are freezing.
For anyone shivering whilst looking at these photos, yeah. This is why I'm always banging on about how I'd like to live somewhere like Los Angeles. Isn't being British and having to seek our pleasures in this way a bloody pain in the arse?*
Cool changing rooms, though. All the details about visiting the lido are here.
*Actually, I am complaining, aren't I?