Lido Love No.10 Oasis, Covent Garden
Nestled amongst a ton of concrete is a Lido in the centre of London. I’m as surprised as you are. Oasis Sports Centre is situated on Endell Street near Shaftesbury Avenue and sits alongside their indoor pool. Both 27.5 metres long, both heated so the outdoor pool is open all year round.
I have to say swimming in this pool was much like trying to walk through central London on the last day of Christmas shopping. While I don’t mind a busy pool (in fact relish it) this was a bit too shambolic.
Lifeguards were trying and failing to get people swimming clockwise and in the right lanes. The effect was a six-year-old in the fast lane being overtaken by experienced swimmers, someone zigzagging in vague directions while backstroking, a man with the oddest physique I’ve ever seen just doing stretches wherever he felt like it and a woman doing doggy paddle in her actual glasses. I had to hop between lanes based solely on how quiet they were.
On the plus side I was able to race the strong swimmers without their knowledge of course. Quite nice to get secretly competitive.
It’s great for a central location but fairly frustrating to swim in if busy.
|People doing serious swimming:||10|
|Men grabbing their danglebobbins a lot:||2|
|Women swimming in sunglasses:||0, just actual glasses|
|Kids doing classic “bombing”:||0|
|People dipping their toes with iPhones in hand:||0|