On-Screen Breast Stroking

There is a weekend of swimming-themed cinema going on 28-30 July to celebrate the 100th birthday of the the Tooting Bec Lido:


“Projecting films onto a giant air-screen in the garden beside the Lido, DIVE-IN MOVIES celebrates one hundred years of features, shorts and archive footage, all featuring swimming pools and swimming. Ticket price to include a swim in the magnificent 100 yard pool, a Centenary drink and an evening of film.” [actually I think it’s celebrating 100 years of the lido, not the films, but you get the idea]

Sounds incredible — I’ll be there in my Victorian one-piece.

Intriguingly, while the Tooting Bec pool is famous for being the largest outdoor pool in Europe, their website is a bit cagey , saying that at 90mx33m it is “one of Europe’s largest open-air pools”. Who can tell me where the others are?

5 Comments so far

  1. PFC (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 12:53 pm

    Hampstead Heath…. :D

  2. Tomas (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

    I went there to swim a couple of weeks ago – it is big and beautiful (the ‘Gentleman’s Pond’ anyway; try as we might we couldn’t see through the trees around the ladies pond).

    But I imagine to compete as a lido you need:
    a) tiles, or at least some kind of pond lining
    b) no swans

  3. PFC (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 1:33 pm


    I see no ducks…AND… AND.. it says pond a LOT

  4. WA (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

    There are good few lidos scattered around London, apart from the Hampstead ponds there is one down South East in Brockwell and one near Parliament Hill area but Tooting Bec one is probably the largest in London

  5. Tomas (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

    There’s definitely swans, they are probably just camera shy. f***ing dangerous though.

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