The best parks for swimming in London (Lockdown permitting!)
While a lot of the London’s Lidos remain closed due to the pandemic, there are some that are set to relax their rules as lockdown and more are set to reopen throughout the summer depending on how pandemic progresses.
These parks are home to some of the best outdoor swimming spots in the city. Just be sure to check they’re open before you head their way in your swimming gear!
Clapham Common is home to a lake and a lido, making it a perfect spot for outdoor water fun in London. The Tooting Bec Lido is sadly shut at the moment but may reopen later on in the summer depending on how the lockdown procedures evolve. But either way, it’s always a picturesque place to take a summer stroll by the water.
Also located in London’s chic south, Brockwell park offers an impressive lido that is perfect for summertime swimming. While closed at the moment, keep an eye out for opening times as lockdown measures look to get relaxed.
As well as being the previously mentioned super cool picnic spot, London Fields is also home to an impressive Lido that makes a great place to cool down after a long lazy lunch. While closed at the moment, keep an eye out for re-opening information.
Best parks for outdoor exercise in London
If you’re out and about in London, there’s no need to stay locked up indoors doing your daily exercises. London’s parks are big enough for everyone to find a space to get their blood pumping. In fact, some parks are just meant to be used for exercising…
Victoria Park is London's oldest and most beloved outdoor park. In terms of awards, it’s a well decorated park, to say the least, and has even been voted the nation's favourite park, along with several other prizes and titles.
The park is the perfect place for summer jogging, joint exercise classes (socially distanced of course) and general outdoor frolics. Tall trees are great for shady spots making exercise in the summer heat a bit more bearable. Pre-lockdown, you could even enjoy a spot of rowing, but you'll have to keep an eye out for when that reopens again.
Battersea Park has really evolved over the years. From being the scapegoat of London’s parks, many now argue that recent redevelopment has allowed it to truly flourish into one of London’s most beloved outdoor spaces. Adorned with fountains and home to a quaint boating lake, there’s no denying that it’s an outdoor space with character.
And, for people who love getting hot and sweaty, this park was built for exercise. It’s home to a fitness centre, a cricket pitch and nets, football, rugby, rounders, lacrosse and softball pitches. It even has a netball court and bowling green! While many of these sports facilities are currently closed, you can’t avoid that infectious energetic vibe, with runners and outdoor exercisers on every corner.
Spending Summer 2020 in London’s Parks
Lockdown is slowly lifting, meaning visits to London and its amazing parks are on the table (although not all the amenities will be available!) By taking all the right precautions and continuing to socially distance, 2020 could be an amazing chance to see the quieter side of London.
At Stay Central, we have apartments and rooms that are ideally situated for exploring a number of different parks and outdoor spaces across London. From single, double, en-suite, bed & breakfast rooms all the way to two bedroom flats and larger self-catered apartments - there’s something for everyone this summer.
We are also following all of the government's guidelines around Covid-19 safety and have introduced frequent and thorough deep cleaning processes throughout all of our accommodation.
If you’d like to find out about our accommodation options visit Stay Central now.