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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 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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Visited On Friday, 27 July 2018

Food and location/atmosphere was great but sadly we were forgotten about so many times, meaning we had to try and grab someone if we ever needed anything, which spoilt it slightly.

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

1. We were waiting for over 4 minutes at the door, repeatedly looked at by staff but ignored 2. I had to get up and request drinks from the waitress because they weren’t attentive enough 3. Poached eggs on toast only included one poached egg - poor value for money

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Visited On Thursday, 26 July 2018

It was packed at Lido but staff were still lovely and food delicious.

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Visited On Thursday, 26 July 2018

We were pretty disappointed with our visit. We have been for lunch last year and enjoyed our lunch but this was disappointing. The service was disappointing. My food (avacado on toast) the kitchen forgot to put the avacado etc on the 2nd bit of toast. £7 for mainly toast. The “freshly squeezed orange juice” was from concentrate. The staff were very unhelpful. Its a shame but next time we come to the lido we we feel it would be a waste of money to dine at the cafe.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 July 2018

Food was very good?

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Visited On Tuesday, 24 July 2018

We had to flag down a passing waitress for everything from menus to the bill except once.... the food was fantastic as always but service very mediocre

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Visited On Thursday, 12 July 2018

In this weather, sitting by the pool, noshing on the Huevos Rancheros...I could be in sunny Mexico! The food in the Lido is authentic and delicious, and the setting is relaxed and basic, but comfortable to linger over an extra mint tea!

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Visited On Sunday, 15 July 2018

I strongly recommend the orange and polenta cake with ice cream! thank you for our lovely lunch.

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Visited On Friday, 13 July 2018

Felt like being on holiday. Lovely service

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Visited On Monday, 09 July 2018

We had booked for lunch at 12.30. It was total chaos. We weren’t spoken to by a waitress for 30 minutes and when she did saunter over casually she announced that there was a delay of 30 minutes in the kitchen because they were busy. She didn’t apologise- just shrugged her shoulders and walked off. When the food arrived at 1.30 (I’m not kidding) it was ok. A bit cold. Then followed a farcical display of disorganisation and unprofessionalism. About 5 different combinations of food and drinks attempted to be delivered to us ( none of which we had ordered). We returned them all, ordered the bill ( which had about 3 things on which we hadn’t ordered ) and left. They made sure that they’d added 10% service to the bill though. Absolutely disgraceful. All this time there was a queue about 15 deep of people trying to sit down and the outside tables were almost completely empty!!! We had been in the middle of a heat wave that was in its 3rd week and the cafe is partially outside and next to the pool , so to not expect it to be busy and staff it accordingly is just shortsighted and ridiculous. Get your act together Lido Cafe- it’s a great location and could be really good.

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Visited On Thursday, 28 June 2018

Delicious food, lovely staff and fantastic setting!

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Visited On Saturday, 23 June 2018

Great food and great atmosphere. Really friendly service

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Visited On Sunday, 10 June 2018

lovely airy cafe with friendly, laid-back staff. Book online if you want a table for weekend brunch...difficult to reach by phone.

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