Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Feb 17, 2015.
Earlier this month I went to Portishead Lido. Some pretty good views from there.
Has anyone been to one of the lidos by the sea? They always look spectacular. Ovingdean maybe? Portsmouth I think.
I love lidos. I'd like to do a tour of lidos in much the same way that couple are touring railway stations. Christ this is like proof that I'm middle aged now.
Well that one I just posted is by the sea - hence the views over the sea (you need to click on the thumbnails really to see the sea in the background - I've got some better pictures but they've also got me/kids in them so don't really want to post them up).
I've swum in a few sea pools like the one in Margate (which I visited on my anniversary with my husband last year).
There used to be on in Dun Laoghaire which I'd swim in as a kid which is now derelict.
I'll do a lido tour with you. I love them too. In half term I managed a 3 lido week (Portishead, Brockwell, Serpentine). Two weeks ago was a lake (Shepperton) and a lido (Brockwell). Last week was a pond and 2 lidos (Hampstead Ladies Pond, Brockwell, Tooting). I've got a reservoir lined up for later this month and a river swim or two coming up too.
Girl after my own heart.
Without wishing to piss on brockwell lido's chips, Charlton Lido is a delight and has WARM water. yes, WARM
I swam there quite a lot over winter this year - suuuuch a long shallow end. I do like it, but in all honesty it doesn't really have the same character as Brockwell and the park beside is not a patch on Brockwell Park. Also in this weather the temperature in Brockwell is far too hot 25.2 degrees today - definitely wouldn't want it to be heated! As I recall, Charlton was heated to about the same temperature over winter (apart from when the boiler broke).
But I don't want to do it down - all lidos are a good thing imo and I enjoyed my swims there.
Wtf do they do this...
Brockwell Lido forced to close after vandals trash poolside
A popular lido has been forced to close as London basks in 26C heat.
Brockwell Lido in south London was targeted by vandals who threw items into the pool hours after events were held to mark its 80thanniversary.
The lido said it was shut because of a “poolside break-in” which damaged its alarm system.
Pictures from the site in Brockwell Park showed wooden benches and a gazebo in the water.
Historic London lido forced to close after vandals trash poolside
It's open again now.
Having waited for it to open yesterday morning, I've gotten up for my pre-work swim this morning and it's happened again! Can't wait today. Paving torn up, lifeguards chair tossed into the water, the alarm system damaged again.
I can't believe it tbh. I'm wondering if it's someone with a grudge.
Seems to have been fixed now - life guards are wandering around prepping for re-opening.
Yes, that was my thought yesterday - no theft (they've had the takings targeted on busy days before), not enough real damage to be mindless vandalism, & with enough savvy to damage the pool alarms meaning they have to delay opening until they're fixed - plus seemed oddly spiteful to target the day after the 80th anniversary.
All very strange, & then to happen again next day...
Lifeguards & Lido staff working really hard to keep everything going after a busy weekend for them.
I've spent about an hour on the people for leisure or whatever website it is trying to find ticket prices for Tooting Lido. Can anyone let me know how much an afternoon ticket is for a 13 year old?
It seems to be classified information??
There are prices on this page. Not sure how accurate they are though.
Tooting Bec Lido
Cheers that's more than I could find. I imagine it's quite recent.
There's an all out Twitter war going on:
There's a bit of a debate raging about heating the lido (although there have also been some hints about lighting which would be excellent). There has also been a long-running feud between the self-styled Brockwell Swimmers and the official users group BLU which seems to have raised its ugly head here.
It's a terrible shame. I wish it could all be resolved.
Free Brockwell Lido pass up for grabs: Chase the autumn and winter blues away – win a free six month guest pass to Brockwell Lido, gym and spa!
So Tim (Brockwell Swimmers) is pushing for x4 of their candidates to be voted onto the BLU committee. He seems to make an assumption that if you're a BS member you're also supportive of him. gaijingirl - do you know any more?
A book and now a film about Brockwell Lido. I wonder if they will film on location ?
Libby Page's book will be published in May 2018.
"Set in south London, The Lido tells the story of an unexpected friendship between a lost and lonely 26-year old woman trying to find her place in the U.K. capital and a local widow and pensioner who has very much found her place, but risks losing it to modernization and development. The two join forces to save the iconic Brockwell Lido, under threat of closure by the council, in a poignant and life-affirming tale of contemporary loneliness and unlikely friendship."
Brilliant. What's the betting the film will be set in California?
Well, the producers, Catalyst Media, are based in London, so perhaps it won't be transplanted.
Water Polo Winter/Spring 2018
Brockwell Swimmers have now finalised dates and prices for their Winter/Spring Water Polo sessions at St Josephs College, Beaulah Hill SE19.
These coached sessions are for all abilities of swimmer, whether you are a seasoned player or an absolute beginner. Everyone is welcome.
Their first 2018 session will be on Sunday January 14th at 4:30pm and run every week until Sunday 27th May.
More details at brockwellswimmers.com
Get Swim Fit for 2018
Brockwell Swimmers are starting indoor Swimming Sessions at the JAGs Sports Club every Tuesday evening 7:30pm starting 16th January. The first ten sessions will concentrate on improving freestyle technique and will be led by coach Stephen Baker.
Stephen has won medals at national level in both freesytle and fly, he has been National Universities UAU winner twice, held a long distance world record for team 24 hour swim, played water polo at all international levels, won British and English titles on no fewer than 19 occasions and coached world masters champions at 50m through 1500m swims. Safe hands indeed.
All sessions are for adults 18+ and for insurance purposes you need to be a Brockwell Swimmers club member (membership is currently free). Drinks at the Crown and Greyhound afterwards.
More details at brockwellswimmers.com
An interview with Libby Page, author of The Lido
This is about London Fields Lido that I found interesting. I haven’t been in Brixton Lido for 10+ years. I was always very inclusive then as I remember. Is it still the same or is it more like described here: London Fields Lido: did saving a pool mean losing a community?
FWIW the Sunday times had a damning review of The Lido book this weekend. I haven't read it so have no idea what the book is actually like
There are some parallels at Brockwell, but it's not quite as extreme as The Graun describes the London Fields situation. I think that this has more to do with the hyperlocal demographics.
London Fields is located in Hipster Central UK. Brixton is being gentrified, but Brockwell is not in the heart of Brixton. There certainly isn't a hipster scene at Brockwell...
What has changed in the 25 years that I have been swimming there is the use of the pool for sport, rather than for leisure. Windrush Triathlon are decent folk. It is their training base all year round. You also see non-club members swimming for fitness, rather than for leisure. This is a description I recognise in myself.
There's also much more of a younger feel around the lido. I don't think this is a lido phenomena in itself. It's just than more young people live in the area compared to 25 years ago.
Cost has to be considered. Fusion charge £6.10 for a swim during the day time, with a £4 concession price. This is still a lot for a swim. The pricing reflects more an afternoon at the lido, rather than a swim itself.
The ethnicity is interesting. You can't generalise, and any observations are just that. The lido doesn't reflect the appearance of the wider community during the winter months. This changes slightly on the heatwave summer days. But yes - it can be a white environment. It is still very welcoming.
The Graun piece tended to focus a lot on the role of the nearby shops at London Fields. I don't think that you can compare this to Brockwell. The location of the lido means that you are unlikely to see a chi chi scene springing up.
The Lido Cafe - which I kinda like - might fall into the chi chi description for some. It is certainly not a place that I could afford to use when I swim day in, day out.
It's pretty cool down at Brockwell right now. We've had a few little local problems with some personality issues over recent years. But it's open - and not only during the summer months. This seemed highly unlikely 10 years ago.
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