Cool Spaces: Lido Chic

Lido chic

Restored to its rightful glory is my newest discovery, the Clifton Lido. Starting or ending my day swimming in this chic outdoor water haven is my latest indulgence, even in the dead of winter, on a very cold, frosty, or even rainy day. Yes folks, 25 lengths in water that is 21 or 22 degrees is refreshing to say the least, or the most!

The Lido oozes a retro sophistication mirrored by a history which, like so many of these spaces here in the UK, saw it left vacant for many years. It’s now a popular  hangout for those who want to keep fit, be seen and eat moorishly good food with a Turkish twist. Like my other London hangout, Shoreditch House, there is quite a following of media types relaxing in the hot tub.

I like the staff, I like the fact that the chlorine level is very minimal. I like that the restoration has kept a retro feel to it including the colourful outdoor change huts, and I really like the quirky pieces of poetry placed in odd places such as eye level in the hot tub. Reading while indulging in jet-streams of bubbles against any ounce of cellulite is really rather quirky.

In keeping with the Clifton Lido look and feel, I’ve gone for a very vintage style of swim wear fashion appropriate for keeping fit and looking as chic as possible come rain or shine – but quite possibly, mostly rain this winter.

Arriving to me care of our friends at ASOS is this stunning ruched one-piece. Elegant in design and equally flattering in the fit with its ruched tummy area, white piping and a cute frilled edge. Delightful.

lido 1

Polka dots and navy one-pieces with a vintage twist from Australian site,

A range of vintage style swim suits from For Luna.

Trusted designs from Boden (and there is a sale on right now!)

And for something divinely luxurious, this is my find of the day as recommended by Push PR – Simply Beach

Complete the look with a vintage style swim cap. Choose from something chic and simple, from Simply Swim, or something quite eye-catching from Popina (this is a USA based company). I will be purchasing from this on-line find of the day called Bohemia – hmmm, daisy petals, or a crepe non-pull? Watch this space.

Stay for a post-swim latte in the cafe overlooking the pool – (they have soya milk), and a cake (it just gets better as they have a gluten free cake or two), or at the moment a hot chocolate with salted caramel cream (oh my god – you’ll need to do another 25 lengths after that).

Recommended reading: Coffee table book called Pools: Reflections by Kelly Klein. “Man made bodies of water can be truly beautiful, tranquil spaces”.


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