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The Lido Cafe

Dulwich Road, Herne Hill, London, United Kingdom, SE24 0PA
Restaurant info
Opening Information

Monday - Friday: 9am - 3pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am - 4pm (last orders 3.45pm)

Kitchen Opening Times
Monday - Friday: 9am - 2pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am - 3pm (last orders 2.45pm)

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Easy Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Event Space
  • Children's Menu available
  • Awesome View
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About The Lido Cafe

Designed by HA Rowbotham and TL Smithson Art Deco Brockwell Lido was built in 1937 and is similar in design to other Lidos built in England around the same time. It remains one of the best examples of the celebrated style of this era.

It was closed in 1990 as part of cost saving measures by Lambeth Council. Around this time, the Brockwell Lido Users group was established and pushed for it to re-open. In 1994 Brockwell Lido re-opened and proved to be as popular as ever with the diverse local community.

Fusion Lifestyle took over the running of the pool in 2003, at around the same time the building was given Grade II listed status.

We took over the running of the Cafe in late 2009 and after an extensive refurbishment, opened it to the public as well as swimmers for the first time in it’s history.

The Lido Cafe is a modern British restaurant open all day. We serve award winning Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in one of London’s most unique settings.

Using seasonal ingredients when they are at their best and most abundant we create monthly changing Lunch and and Dinner menus.

From the sourdough bread we use for our Breakfasts, to the oil we cook our chips in, we take great time and care, working with small producers to find the best ingredients we can.

Our all European wine list has been thoughtfully selected, and we offer many of these by the carafe and glass.

We have a menu of craft beers (all brewed in London) that are great on their own, but even better when paired with the right food.

Cuisine: British, American, Brunch, Cafe, Child Friendly, Vegetarian
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

We used to go to the cafe when it first opened but have been disappointed in recent occasions. However our shakshuka was delicious and a generous portion!

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

We (three of us) visited the Lido cafe on a Saturday for brunch, luckily I had booked as when we arrived it was mayhem with a long queue and frazzled looking waiters/waitresses! We were sat quickly, eventually our menus came and we were able to order. The food came out and it was OK, I had the celeriac rosti dish which was nice enough but nothing special. My friend ordered scrambled eggs and asked for an additional side of chorizo but when it arrived it was a tiny amount and not worth the extra £2.30 she paid for it! The atmosphere was a bit of a letdown, everyone was rushing around and there didn't seem to be a service system, we noticed that other customers had to get up twice (!) and ask to order their drinks and food... I would describe the experience as 'fine' but I probably won't return, there are far nicer brunch places around.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

food is alwats lovely but service was unfortunately slow on Sat. We were at the table nearest the entrance so the servers seemed never to quite get as far as us. Just little things but waiting for water to be refilled and waiting for the cheque did take a very long time.

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Visited On Sunday, 25 November 2018

Delicious, as always!

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Staff were very friendly

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Visited On Saturday, 17 November 2018

Service was very slow.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 November 2018

I love the location of the cafe but yesterday we had to wait 1hour 15 to have our food . At no point did any member of staff say I am sorry you will have to wait, offer anything complimentary or anything . We had to chase us out meal 4 times and each time we were told it would be coming . I think you should have been fair from the beginning and said whatever the reason was why you were soooooo slow and we could have decided to stay or not .

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Visited On Sunday, 04 November 2018

they weren't aware of our reservation. Service quite bad and very chilly in there this weekend. Food OK.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 November 2018

We always come back to the Lido cafe because the setting is so lovely and the food is usually good. Unfortunately however the service is often pretty poor.. After being seated at our pre-booked table we had to ask for menus after ten minutes. We were given one food menu and one drinks menu between 4 adults. We then had to ask to order drinks - the waitress impatiently asked whether we ready to order food too.. I said no we’d only had the menus for 5 minutes... We also had to remind staff about water we’d ordered and ask for kids menus. The staff always seem to have a bit of a ‘we’re too cool’ to be polite and helpful about them and customers seem to be a bit of an inconvenience unfortunately

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Visited On Monday, 29 October 2018

A lovely lunch experience and we were placed by the window, as requested when I booked

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Visited On Sunday, 21 October 2018

My wife and I had our first date here, and it has therefore become a staple venue in our relationship. We have spent valentines, anniversaries and even our wedding day here. Quaint, cosy, intimate atmosphere and fantastic food. Would recommend for brunch (post-dip) or in the evening when they have an event on. Thanks Lido Cafe!

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Visited On Sunday, 21 October 2018

The cafe has gone massively downhill in the last year. The waitress did not have a record of our booking, the menu was weekday rather than weekend and service generally poor. The sourdough bread is slightly seeded which is not suitable for my allergies and the menu is not marked up properly for allergies. We used to love the Lido cafe but won't be coming back or recommending any more. It feels like nobody really cares about the service or food any more. The quality of ingredients isn't as good any more either.

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Visited On Saturday, 20 October 2018

I love this cafe but you make it so hard for me to do so! It all boils down to the staff really: lovely but hopeless. Or, to be a little kinder, hopelessly untrained; forever avoiding eye contact with customers, failing to ‘work the house’, huge delays in getting the bill and then further delays in taking payment. This isn’t a one-off experience but an every week experience (yes, I am a sucker for punishment). So guys, focus on how YOU like to be served when YOU dine out. it’s aimple really.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

I used to love coming to the lido as a live 5 minutes up the road and like to bring friends here when they visit. However the past 3 visits have been particularly bad. The customer service was sooo poor and it took a whole hour to even get a coffee and a total of 1.5 hours to have the food... it was only eggs on toast after all. The most frustrating thing was they didn’t even up date us to say they were on their way or sorry for the wait. I called the manager in the end who was very nice. One having my food it was cold and not how it said on the menu. I really hope all this improves as it is a favourite on time out but I’m not sure it will be much longer if it carries on this way. Sorry for the negative review =(

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

We love the Lido. What we love the most is the outdoor space. We sadly couldn’t sit outside at the weekend for the first time as it was raining on and off. It would be great to see a few large umbrellas for cover over the winter and a heater or two as really feel the space outside makes it.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

Hi I’ve been here many times over the last five years and unfortunately I’m recently disappointed by a couple of things. Firstly we arrived just after midday, the cafe was quiet but it took over an hour for our food to arrive finally after much urging. Secondly the toilets are looking very shabby and dirty, not to mention the blocked toilet which I had to stand next to when using the space for baby changing. Lastly the menu never seems to vary and one of the few non-brunch dishes such as the burger had “ran out” just after midday. It’s a shame as it’s going to come off our list of local places to go to.

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Lovely food in a great setting. Staff were really friendly.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 September 2018

Food was a bit late but tasted great. Staff a tad annoyed when we asked to sit outside despite there being loads of free tables. Would definitely recommend and will be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 September 2018

Oh dear, what has happened to The Lido cafe? This used to be my absolute favourite place for brunch but it's seriously gone downhill. Service was ok but food was lukewarm and undercooked. Various items not available on the menu or no longer offered (so why not print new menus then?). Interior looking really drab and tired. Toilets filthy. All in all a meh experience and one I won't be repeating any time soon. Such a shame as this place used to be amazing and has so much potential.

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Visited On Monday, 27 August 2018

Service was very slow, food was lovely but portions tiny

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Visited On Saturday, 18 August 2018

Lovely lovely place.thank you for giving my family a lovely time

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

I had my birthday brunch at the lido and loved it ! The staff were more than amazing and friendly and deserve 10 stars! They really made it all very special ! I so appreciate it ! X

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

Always love dining here!

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Visited On Sunday, 05 August 2018

There was an unacceptable delay for food this time. I know it was very busy, but isn’t that predictable for a sunny Sunday morning in August? It appears that you could certainly have done with a few more kitchen staff.

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Visited On Friday, 03 August 2018

A simply fantastic setting for brunch. Delicious food and a wicked Virgin Mary. Friendly service too.

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