re you a fan of Parliament Hill Lido? Course you are, fair-weather readers! In that case you – and all those hardy, all-year-round regulars – quite simply must dive into its 80th party on Friday, taking place at the Bandstand as part of its summer concert series.
Besides a lot of very lithe and healthy bodies on display – we hope – you can expect a soundtrack of reggae and soul choons from Kareem Shabazz and the Rhyddim Kings. And, no doubt, a splash of something alcoholic. Go on, you deserve it.
The lovely Grade II-listed lido, in case you didn’t realise, first opened back in 1938. Designed by Harry Rowbotham and TL Smithson (the same team who did similar benign things to Victoria Park and Brockwell Park), it was the most expensive of the art deco lidos to be built in the capital, costing a (then whopping) £34k.
And its Olympic size is – if you’ve never set foot in the place – something to gawp at: it’s a capacious 61 x 27 metres, the effect being, on a sunny day, something of a Mediterranean resort. And have you witnessed those queues (not to mention a few ill-tempered punters) stretching back in recent weeks? Yikes.
Buy one. And don’t forget to have a swim regularly – if you don’t already. Here’s to the next eight decades. And the rest.