Charlton Lido: Winter swimming hours announced

Charlton Lido pool
Autumn has arrived at Charlton Lido. Photo © Neil Clasper.

The nights are drawing in, the leaves are turning brown and this week brought another local indicator of changing seasons: Charlton Lido’s winter swimming timetable came into effect. The heated pool is now open:

  • Monday: 06:30-14:00 and 16:00-20:00
  • Tuesday: 06:30-14:00 and 16:00-20:00
  • Wednesday: closed
  • Thursday: closed
  • Friday: 06:30-14:00
  • Saturday: 09:00-17:00
  • Sun: 09:00-17:00

Swim Doctor sessions continue as through the summer, with the exception of Thursdays:

  • Monday: 19:00-20:00
  • Tuesday: 09:30-10:30 and 12:30-13:30
  • Friday: 07:00-08:30 and 09:30-10:30

Thanks to Friends of Charlton Lido for posting the new timetable on Twitter. Find the official website timetable here, and follow Tracy Swim Doctor on Twitter here.


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Late swimming at Charlton Lido for the heatwave

Charlton Lido
Swim until 9pm this week

You may have noticed that it’s a little bit warm outside. Today, tomorrow and Thursday, Charlton Lido will be open until 9pm each evening to allow swimmers to cool off for longer during the hot spell. Or you could beat the crowds and go for an early-doors dip at 6.30am.

Whichever you prefer, you can book your swimming time on the GLL website.


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Charlton Lido latest: Summer opening, Swim Doctor, cafe… and caps

Charlton Lido - May 2019

With the sun making increasingly regular appearances and a bank holiday weekend hoving in to view, we thought we’d take a quick look at the latest news from Charlton Lido:

You can start your long weekend with a Friday afternoon swim as they extend pool opening hours until 4pm today (though note they’re closing early at 4pm on Monday):


Summer opening hours for the pool start on Tuesday 28th May and will be:

  • Weekdays: 6.30am – 8pm
  • Weekends: 9am – 5pm

(Easier to remember than previous summers, though many will wish that they’d stay open until the evening on warm weekends).

The cafe has now re-opened:


And – at last! – they have some merchandise to sell. Charlton Lido & Lifestyle Club branded swim caps come in four colours and are for sale at the reception for £5 each:


The lido’s Swim Doctor sessions – drop-in swimming classes for adults, included in lido membership fees or £3 on top of the cost of a swim – are now running 6 times a week:

  • Monday 7–8pm
  • Tuesday 9.30–10.30am and 12.30–1.30pm
  • Thursday 1–2pm.
  • Friday 7–8.30am (fitness) and 9.30–10.30 am (technique)

This writer highly recommends these classes as a way to improve your swimming as part of a supportive group of swimmers of varying experience and ability, without having to commit to regular attendance.

Inexplicably, there’s no mention of the Swim Doctor sessions on the official lido website, and you can’t book them online (as far as we can see – if anyone’s worked out how to do this, let us know!). We recommend following Tracy Swim Doctor or Friends of Charlton Lido on Twitter to keep up with the latest news.

Here’s to a happy summer of lido swimming!


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