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London’s biggest lido reopens with free tickets for locals

  • May 30, 2024
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London’s biggest lido reopens with free tickets for locals

With warmer weather on the way Wandsworth Council Leader Simon Hogg has formally reopened the Tooting Bec Lido following its £4m refurbishment – a project which safeguards its future for the next 50 years.

The much-loved lido – the oldest in London and also the largest open air freshwater swimming pool in the UK – has undergone a comprehensive upgrade designed to ensure it remains fully operational for decades to come.

To mark the successful conclusion of the refurbishment scheme five-time Paralympic gold medal winner Ellie Simmonds will be joining the celebrations while more than 1,000 local residents have booked free tickets to a huge family funday celebrating the historic pool’s formal reopening.

And as part of the day’s events the council’s ‘Access for All’ initiative is being extended to include the lido – enabling 250 residents to visit free of charge every day as part of the council’s commitment to supporting its residents through the cost-of-living crisis. Wandsworth’s “Access for All” initiative is aimed at lower income families on a range of benefits who would not otherwise be able to afford admission fees to sports and leisure facilities. It forms part of the council’s cost-of-living support fund, worth £15m and the biggest in London.

The 90-metre-long lido dates back to 1906 and occupies a unique position in the history of British open-air pools due to its size and the era in which it was built. It is regularly described as the “jewel in the crown” of south London’s sports facilities.

The refurbishment has seen the replacement of its pumphouse, which controls the water supply, and the construction of a new electrical sub-station to power the pumps as well as the pool’s modern new UV filtration and water purification system. Other works have included new pipework and a new pool lining, plus new landscaping around the water’s edge.

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