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London to get lido on River Thames...if Boris has his way

The Badeschiff which juts out into Berlin's River Spree is very popular The Badeschiff which juts out into Berlin's River Spree is very popular

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
9:34 AM

London could soon have an open-air swimming pool on the River Thames if plans by Boris Johnson go ahead.

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The Mayor has agreed £40,000 worth of funding to scope out whether the project would be possible.

According to Greater London Authority documents - the lido would lead to new jobs and volunteering opportunities.

It is hoped the project will complement the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.

Lidos are extremely popular in London during the summer, with hot city dwellers queuing for hours to gain entry on especially sweltering days.

It is not yet known where or when the lido would be built if plans were approved.

Berlin is home to the Badeschiff lido which juts out into the River Spree.

Mr Johnson agreed the idea as part of a wider cultural plan for London including scoping for the opening and closing ceremonies for the event and First World War centenary proposals.

Money has also been set aside for gigs, a Big Dance project and the film and design industries.

A Greater London Authority spokesman said the plans were due to be announced more fully next month.

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