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About Thames Lido

King’s Meadow swimming pool is a disused open air swimming pool located in King’s Meadow in Reading, Berkshire.

It was first opened to the public in 1902 as the Ladies Swimming Bath and is believed to be the oldest surviving outdoor municipal pool of a similar early Edwardian era. In August 2004, as a result of a campaign, the building was awarded Grade II listed building status.

On the 23rd September 2013, Reading Borough Council voted and gave us (the management team from Lido Bristol), the opportunity to develop the site and hopefully reopen the pool to Reading and beyond.

The whole site is listed Grade II and is set in Kings Meadow park in Reading. The Baths are within a short walking distance of central Reading and the newly refurbished Reading railway station.

Thames Lido will strongly reflect the facilities and services as can be seen at Lido Bristol. The Lido is a place to take time out, an urban escape for people of Reading and beyond.

Click on the links below to see the layout of the new Thames Lido-




The restaurant sits along the northern edge of the building, nestled between the pool and the river Thames. Open 7 days a week for breakfast (8am to 11.30am), lunch (12pm to 3pm) and dinner (6pm to 10pm). The food is authentic Lido style as developed and evolved by Lido Bristol Head Chef Freddy Bird. The Lido Bristol restaurant has received many awards over the past 8 years including runner up in this years best restaurant category in the Observer Food Monthly Awards.


The poolside bar is open to the public throughout the week (8am to 11pm) and a popular place to hang out and watch the swimmers drift by whilst enjoying anything from a cup of tea to a celebratory glass of fizz. The bar area will be serving a tapas menu from midday with cakes and sweet offerings from mid afternoon.

Pool, Sauna’s & Hot Tub

Central to Thames Lido will be the 25 meter outdoor heated pool, open throughout the year, 7 days a week from 6am to 10pm. The pool is designed for swimmers of all capabilities and will never close for classes, swimming lessons or other activities. Heated to a temperature around 22-25 degrees celcius (weather dependant). Our pool in Bristol in recognised for its low chemical levels and this is achieved by a closely managed ‘wash naked’ policy.

Massage Spa 

The Lido is about relaxation and indulgence, the spa therefore focuses on the highest quality massage treatments where an hours massage is an hours massage. To book a massage you can either come as a one off for a one hour session or as part of a day package which includes use of the facilities and lunch.

When will we open?

The rebuild project was started in October 2014 with a team of skilled craftsmen taking care to ensure that the finished product has been built to last. Now that the roof sections are complete, the pool is tiled and the main glazing is installed, we can sense near completion. Without committing to a date, we are working towards opening Thames Lido in the Autumn of 2017. We will keep this website updated with our progress and will confirm opening dates as soon as we are confident that we can complete it in that time frame.