The Serpentine Lido

 
 
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Hyde Park, South Kensington, London W2 3XA
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Weekends throughout May (including May Day Bank Holiday) | 1st Jun to 13th Sep: Daily 10am-6pm
 
PRICES
£4 (Adults), £3 (Concs), £1 (Under 16s - must be accompanied by an adult)
 

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The Serpentine LidoA hugely popular swimming venue, every summer Hyde Park's lovely lake invites London folk to plunge into its watery depths. It's a great option for aqua fun in the very heart of the city. The Serpentine itself was created in 1730 by damming the Westbourne - a small tributary of the River Thames - in order that Queen Caroline might have a spot for the royal yachts to mess about on. People have been taking a dip in these regal waters for hundreds of years. Essentially a cornered off area of the lake, the swimming area is found on the south side of the expanse of water and is clearly roped off. This doesn't stop the odd duck roaming among the swimmers. Beside the lido area there is a lovely sunbathing spot where an attractively tiled veranda hosts many a lounging sun worshipper hoping to soak up some rays. They have a fairly decent range of available deck chairs (for a small fee) if you really want to chill-out in comfort. Frazzled parents can enjoy an hour of respite as their inexhaustible tots happily splash around in the delightful paddling pool. If you get peckish, The Lido Cafe next door is a very pleasant little spot for a snack. It really is a great environment for summer fun and surprisingly continental on a warm day.

 

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Underground Stations

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Lancaster Gate Tube Station
 
9 minutes walk
 
Knightsbridge Tube Station
 
13 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Paddington Railway Station
 
17 minutes walk
 
 
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Union Car Parks
 
8 minutes walk
 
Royal Garden Hotel NCP
 
11 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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    The Gore Hotel London
    London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £128  31% off
    190 Queen's Gate, SW7 | 7 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
    A mellow, off-the-wall charm is the key to the success of this pleasantly eccentric boutique hotel located between the Royal Albert Hall and Harrods, and just ... More
     
     
     
    Corus Hyde Park Hotel London
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £71  28% off
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    The glorious expanses of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens form the backdrop for this tastefully decorated, modern, comfortable hotel. Located just down the road from Paddington ... More
     
     
     
    Baglioni Hotel London
    London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £363  28% off
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    Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 | 5 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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    Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 11 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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    London > Entertainment > Classical Music
    Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 5 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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    Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 8 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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    London > Shopping > Specialists
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    189 - 190 Queens Gate, Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 7 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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    23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 15 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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    10a Strathearn Place, Paddington, London W2 | 12 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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    99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 15 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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    London > Nightlife > Bars
    106 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 15 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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    Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Place, Belgravia, London SW1X | 16 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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    London > Business > Venue Hire
    1 Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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    London > Business > Venue Hire
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    London > Business > Venue Hire
    South Kensington Campus, South Kensington, London SW7 | 6 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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