The Serpentine Lido

ADDRESS
Hyde Park, South Kensington, London W2 3XA†
TELEPHONE
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)

Nearby

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

Underground Stations

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

Railway Stations

West Brompton Overground Station
29 minutes walk
Paddington Railway Station
17 minutes walk
Car Parks

Car Parks

Q-Park Kingston House
6 minutes walk
Union Car Parks
8 minutes walk

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Corus Hyde Park Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £67† 31% off
1-7 Lancaster Gate, W2 | 9 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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 £237† 24% off
60 Hyde Park Gate, SW7 | 9 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
You can really tell the Italian influence on this London branch of the Roman boutique hotel group. Not only is it located a short step from ... More
Eden Plaza Kensington Hotel
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
68-69 Queens Gate, SW7 | 10 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
In the heart of Central London, the Eden Plaza Hotel sits closely to the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, as well as being near ... More
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Kensington Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Princes Square, Bayswater, London W2 | 9 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
Technically two different parks, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are in practical and historical terms one huge, merging expanse. Almost every kind of outdoor pursuit takes ... More
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Hyde Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London W2 | 9 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
Technically two different parks, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are in practical terms one huge, merging expanse. The 'split' dates back to 1728 when Queen Caroline, ... More
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Pensioners' Playground
London > Leisure > Activities
Hyde Park Pavilion Tennis and Bowls Centre, Hyde Park, London W2 | 9 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
It's not just kids who get a playground all to themselves. The over-60s can enjoy their own dedicated space in Hyde Park where London's first ever ... More
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Prom 55: Tchaikovsky, Debussy & Unsuk Chin
London > Events > Concerts †Dates: Wednesday 27th August 2014 - 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 | 5 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Debussy's La Mer, Unsuk Chin's Su and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6 In B Minor 'Pathetique'. With Wu ...More
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Science Museum's Lates: Explore The Science Of Hedonism
London > Events > Tours †Dates: Wednesday 27th August 2014 - 6.45pm-10pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7 | 10 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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Hidden Universe 3D
London > Events > Film Events †Dates: 25th to 28th Aug 2014 - Various Times
Science Museum IMAX, Exhibition Road, Knightsbridge, South Kensington, London SW7 | 10 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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Royal Albert Hall
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 5 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
Classical music, rock, pop and jazz, sporting events, galas, banquets and balls and the world-famous Proms series all take place within the Royal Albert Hall's ... More
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Royal College of Music
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 8 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
The Royal College of Music is the school where Gustav Hoilst, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Benjamin Britten, James Galway, Joan Sutherland and Ralph Vaughan Williams learnt their ... More
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Science Museum IMAX
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Exhibition Road, Knightsbridge, South Kensington, London SW7 | 10 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
The huge IMAX screen - ten times bigger than the average screen - at the Science Museum is one of the few places in London where ... More
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near The Serpentine Lido
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Serpentine Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London W2 | Same location as The Serpentine Lido
The Serpentine Gallery is closed for refurbishment and will reopen on Saturday 8th June 2013 with the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by Sou Fujimoto. Found in ... More
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Serpentine Sackler Gallery
London > Attractions >
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London W2 | Same location as The Serpentine Lido
Serpentine Sackler Gallery opens on 28th September 2013. The Serpentine Gallery is making a significant expansion in September 2013, restoring a former ... More
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Albert Memorial
London > Attractions > Sights
Kensington Gardens, 27 Princes Square, South Kensington, London W2 | 4 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
This 180ft Victorian bronze gilt statue in Kensington Gardens is a tribute to Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, and was erected following his death through typhoid ... More
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H&M
London > Shopping > Clothing
17-21 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 | 11 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
H&M is heaven for shoppers who like a bargain - with tons of variety and some cutting-edge designs thrown in to boot. A victim, in a ... More
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National Geographic Store
London > Shopping > Specialists
102a Brompton Road, Soho, London SW3 | 11 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
The vast National Geographic store on Regent Street cost, rumour has it, close to £6 million and it's spread over three-floors occupying 19,375 sq ft (1,800 ... More
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Cutler and Gross
London > Shopping > Eyewear
16 Knightsbridge Green, Knightsbridge, London SW1X | 11 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
If you're feeling flush and flashy then Cutler & Gross in Knightsbridge is a very exclusive place to invest in eyewear. They stock a selection of ... More
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Verdi
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 | 5 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
Verdi is the appropritately named restaurant at the Royal Albert Hall which replaces the former Cafe Consort, following a £1 million refurbishment unveiled on Tuesday 15th ... More
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Bistrot 190
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
190 Queen's Gate, Gore Hotel, South Kensington, London SW7 | 7 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
Mediterranean cuisine. Booking advised. ... More
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Bistro One Ninety Queen's Gate
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
189 - 190 Queens Gate, Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 7 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
Bistro One Ninety is an all-day restaurant in the prestigious Gore Hotel. With tasteful vintage décor and a friendly atmosphere, the bistro is known for fine ... More
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Education near The Serpentine Lido

Near The Serpentine Lido
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Dana Centre
London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 11 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
There are plenty of initiatives trying to get kids involved in science, but the Dana Centre, an extension of the Science Museum, is the first one ... More
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The London School of Painting and Drawing
London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 15 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
Evening and weekend classes in life drawing and painting, taught by tutors from the Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal Society of British Sculptors. ... More
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La Cucina Caldesi
London > Education > Cookery Courses
118 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London W1U | 27 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
The Caldesi family first set up a cooking school in Giancarlo's native Tuscany. His 'Return to Tuscany' was captured by BBC cameras and dished up on ... More
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Kensington Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Princes Square, Bayswater, London W2 | 9 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Hyde Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London W2 | 9 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
Technically two different parks, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are in practical terms one huge, merging expanse. The 'split' dates back to 1728 when Queen Caroline, ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Pensioners' Playground
London > Leisure > Activities
Hyde Park Pavilion Tennis and Bowls Centre, Hyde Park, London W2 | 9 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Victoria
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10a Strathearn Place, Paddington, London W2 | 12 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
High up on a wall, behind the counter of this opulent, smart Victorian pub is a clock dated 1864. A framed copy of the Sun newspaper ... More
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The Enterprise
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
35 Walton Street, South Kensington, , Knightsbridge, London SW3 | 15 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
Bar ... More
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The Mall Tavern
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
71 Palace Garden Terrace, Kensington, London W8 | 16 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
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Babylon at the Roof Gardens
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 15 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
Richard Branson's rooftop restaurant-come-nightclub at Kensington Roof Gardens is a favourite with the glam girls of Kensington, who can be seen at all hours sipping cocktails ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Piano
London > Nightlife > Bars
106 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 15 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
If you ask your friends about this place, not many will know. It's not wildly off the beaten track either, situated directly opposite High Street Ken ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Blue Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Place, Belgravia, London SW1X | 16 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
Having a cocktail in the Blue Bar is akin to sipping on gin and tonic in a very posh - and possibly eccentric - grand dame's ... More
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Meeting venue hire near The Serpentine Lido

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near The Serpentine Lido.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Royal Geographical Society
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
Conference facilities can accomodate for up to 1034 people.... More
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Royal Albert Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 5 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
Can accomodate for up to 5200 people.... More
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The Great Hall, Imperial College
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Kensington Campus, SW7 | 6 minutes from The Serpentine Lido
One of London's largest academic venues, the Imperial College London has a portfolio of more than 200 meeting and seminar rooms. Its largest conference room, The ... More

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2014: Smiljan Radic
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The Serpentine Sackler Gallery
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The Zaha Hadid-designed gallery acts as the Serpentine's second space, and will feature a new gallery, restaurant and social space. ...More

The BBC Proms 2014
The BBC Proms 2014
Concerts | Until 13th September 2014 

Royal Albert Hall 5 minutes walk from The Serpentine Lido

A War Horse Prom, the first ever BBC Sport Prom, and a performance by the Pet Shop Boys are just ...More

 
Prom 55: Tchaikovsky, Debussy & Unsuk Chin
Concerts | On 27th August 2014 

Royal Albert Hall 5 minutes walk from The Serpentine Lido

Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Debussy's La Mer, Unsuk Chin's Su and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6 ...More

Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction
Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction
Exhibitions | Until 9th November 2014 

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Open For Business
Exhibitions | Until 2nd November 2014 

Science Museum 10 minutes walk from The Serpentine Lido

Open For Business at the Science Museum tells the story of the British industry through eye-opening photography and film footage. ...More

Science Museum's Lates: Explore The Science Of Hedonism
Tours | On 27th August 2014 

Science Museum 10 minutes walk from The Serpentine Lido

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Wedding Dresses 1775-2014
Wedding Dresses 1775-2014
Exhibitions | Until 15th March 2015 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 11 minutes walk from The Serpentine Lido

The V&A turns its attentions, and not inconsiderable costume collection, to the subject of marriage, and in particular the evolution ...More

 
Disobedient Objects
Disobedient Objects
Exhibitions | Until 1st February 2015 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 11 minutes walk from The Serpentine Lido

The V&A's Disobedient Objects exhibition showcases items made to play a role in political protest, ranging from Suffragette teapots to ...More

 
This Time in History: What Escapes
This Time in History: What Escapes
Exhibitions | Until 30th November 2014 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 11 minutes walk from The Serpentine Lido

Each time Edinburgh-based visual artist Rose Frain carries out her site-specific installation piece 'What Escapes' it is different; what binds ...More

 
 
 
 
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