Saturday, 5 June 2010
Clean, open air pool in the sun for less than a fiver? On your doorstep. A few weeks ago, on one of the hottest days of the year so far, I discovered the Hampstead Heath Lido. And my word is it good. An undiscovered treasure of North London which is within minutes of the Bush courtesy of the Overground to Gospel Oak.
Think simple, think cheap and cheerful, but think hot weather plus huge olympic sized outdoor swimming pool with plenty of space round the pool for sunbathing. And you've got the measure of it.
Its £4.50 to get in for the day and my word its worth every penny.
You do have to share it with lots of teenagers trying to flirt with each other all the time and some extremely tattooed gentlemen that parade around the pool showing off their biceps but its a real mix in there with bookish types perched next to the beefcakes.
You can leave your valuables in a free cloak room thing and just take in the day enjoying a retro 1930s establishment that was put there so that the common man could enjoy the delights of swimming.
Not much good came out of the 30s if you think about it - Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Great Terror and the second World War put a significant damper on things, but the Lido was something really good - and I highly recommend it to fellow Bushers!
Posted by Chris Underwood at 00:34