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

The Badeschiff which juts out into Berlin

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

Archant

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

London Fields lidoLondon Fields lido

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.

Where would you like to see a lido on the Thames? Tweet @London24

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 12:44
American journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria (AP Photo/freejamesfoley.org, Nicole Tung, File)

The SAS is closing in on the man known as ‘John’, suspected of being from London, who brutally executed US journalist James Foley.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:10
Ishak Ayiris is set to study at Eton College.  Photograph by Lucy Ray

A schoolboy who secured top marks in his GCSEs is set to follow in the footsteps of David Cameron and Boris Johnson after winning a scholarship to Eton worth £76,000.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:49
The student was caught trying to board a flight at Stansted Airport with eight flares in his luggage (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

A student from north London was caught trying to board a plane at Stansted Airport with eight explosive flares and a terrorist manual.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more
Can you guess the Tube station just from the outside? (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How well do you know your Tube stations? Can you guess these Underground stops from the pictures taken outside them?

Read more