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7 December 2013

Watch the December Dip at Parliament Hill Lido

Thanks to Londonist and the hardy sorts at the Outdoor Swimming Society for drawing out attention to the annual Outdoor Swimming Society December Dip which takes place at Parliament Hill Lido today from 11am - 1pm, where dippers are told to expect water temperatures of between 0.1 and 6 degrees.

Though the swim is followed by hot drinks, warm mince pies and festive snacks, it all sounds a bit much, but spectators welcome to pop in for a £1 donation on the door, standing by in a nice warm coat before heading off for a lovely walk around the Heath.

For more, see http://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/index.php?p=events&s=&id=89

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1 comment:

  1. There is no way I would swim at 2c, under any condition. Mad, I call it... mad. But I AM very interested in Parliament Hill Lido.

    I know that in the inter-war era, lidos had opened in Prestatyn (1922), Blackpool (1923), Plymouth (1928), Exmouth (1929), Skegness (1932), Hastings and St Leonards (1933), New Brighton and Wallasey (1934), Brighton (1935), Penzance (1935), Morecambe (1936) and Weston-super-Mare and Bournemouth (1938). But I have no mention of Parliament Hill Lido on Hampstead Heath. Even though it seems to have been built in the same era (1938).

    Why would Parliament Hill Lido be treated separately?
    Many thanks for the link