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The Lido Cafe

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

Monday - Sunday: 9am - 5pm (last orders 4.30pm)

Kitchen Opening Times - 9am-3:30pm

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Easy Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
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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
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Price point: $ $
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Visited On Thursday, 23 November 2017

I swim at the lido and usually just have coffee (also great) so it was really nice to have breakfast/ brunch. Everything was good, especially the scrambled egg/ mushrooms. Would be good to have a standard cooked breakfast option on the menu, rather than add max 2 options to the eggs on toast. I think you used to do that?

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Visited On Sunday, 12 November 2017

Food was spot on, atmosphere was great. Highly recommend.

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Visited On Sunday, 29 October 2017

Very tasty, slightly quirky breakfast menu but some of the food was cold by the time it arrived. Very nice coffee.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 November 2017

A charming and cheery fireworks night with tasty warming food at the Lido cafe. It was perfect for my parents who would not have been able to join the main event in Brockwell park but were able to enjoy the fireworks and have a great supper at the Lido cafe

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Visited On Sunday, 05 November 2017

The bread was not fresh

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Visited On Saturday, 04 November 2017

Service was excellent, the beef chili was delicious as was the veggie chili, chorizo hot dog was a little small and chewy, but may have just been bad luck on the undercooking and my own personal preference. Food presentation was lovely. Thought £4.50 for a portion of fries was a bit expensive though - they weren't particularly special! Overall a lovely meal and atmosphere and the service was faultless and very accommodating.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 November 2017

A great evening. The food was lovely and well suited. The brownie was the best I’ve ever had - where are they from?

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Visited On Saturday, 04 November 2017

A friend and I went to the Bonfire Night event and had a really fab time! We loved the mulled wine/cider and the menu, and the place had an amazing ambience. So glad I saw the post on instagram and went!

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Visited On Monday, 30 October 2017

All he staff are amazing-just too many babies!!!!

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Had a really lovely time yesterday and our waitress was superb. She was really accomodating and made us feel welcomed. I'm unsure of her name, but I remember her wearing a head tie (which baby liked). We'll definitely be back again soon :-). 

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Visited On Monday, 16 October 2017

The toilet was disgusting and let the whole experience down

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Visited On Sunday, 15 October 2017

Food is excellent, but more staff are needed for a busy Sunday. We waited about 30-40 minutes for food, and it was a bit of a challenge flagging down a waitress, as all three of them were working flat out. They were all excellent, so I don’t know if this was a one off, maybe someone off sick?

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Visited On Sunday, 01 October 2017

I love coming to the café after a long swim but after 90 mins in the pool it would be good if you could have the temperature in doors a bit higher! I know you have the doors open to serve outside but hot chocolate is not enough to warm me up... a few other cold water swimmers say the same. Especially as winter comes.

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Visited On Sunday, 24 September 2017

Tasty food, nice place to sit.

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Visited On Sunday, 24 September 2017

Delicious food, great ambience, can be slow service if busy

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Visited On Monday, 18 September 2017

Local gem

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Visited On Thursday, 07 September 2017

Lovely setting, very child friendly and wonderfully attentive staff

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Visited On Sunday, 03 September 2017

A shame we weren't able to sit outside, but the food and drink was wonderful. Service also very good. Difficult to fault really, although it would be much better if brunch and lunch was served concurrently throughout the day. It is frustrating that the menus are so time-bound. Otherwise, I would strongly recommend!

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Visited On Saturday, 02 September 2017

Booked months in advance for a table that was 25 minutes late. Service very slow and poor. A mistake from the lido in food order was handled inappropriately. Additionally, pressure to leave the table an hour early. Very snobby and a great a shame as food is nice. Attitude to customers and quality of service needs to be addressed.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 September 2017

Portions were a little small but everything else was wonderful

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Visited On Thursday, 31 August 2017

Great food. Great service, very attentive waitress. The only negative, the chocolate brownie was too hard to eat when served from time spent in the fridge, I feel it should have been checked prior to being brought to our table, or waitress dealt with this in a very nice fashion, I feel it could have been avoided. This wouldn't stop me coming back.

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Visited On Friday, 25 August 2017

Great setting, excellent drinks and wonderful service There was an unspecified issue in the kitchen the evening we were there - as a result, our food took a very long time; starters and mains arrived at same time; one main was not what was ordered. Waitresses could not have been more apologetic and we were not charged for the starters or for an extra order of nibbles provided during the wait. I really hope this was a one-off as the front of house staff were great and setting was lovely on a summers evening.

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Visited On Friday, 25 August 2017

As always the service is charming, the food is excellent, although I was a little disappointed that the 1st rate full English breakfast has been taken off the menu, hence the 4 star for service as a brunch menu really should have a full English option. Howvever what we had was delicious and the coffee really very well made and on a nice day this is one of south London's best cafes.

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Visited On Monday, 28 August 2017

I had really high hopes after having heard so many great things. However, I was disappointed! We waited 20 minutes for our food and drink order to be taken. We then waited another 30 minutes or so before our food came. The staff seemed very overwhelmed though the restaurant itself was not full (you may need to put on more staff). I was also disappointed with the bacon, I have no problem with streaky bacon, however the fat must be crispy for fatty streaky bacon to work. It was undercooked and chewy, I even saw a waitress return a side order of bacon before she even took it to the table as she knew it was not cooked enough. It came back out slightly more crispy. My partner could not eat any of the bacon. The coffee and cocktail was lovely and the toast and eggs were nice. I'm hoping it was just the fact that you were busy that let the food and service down.

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Visited On Monday, 28 August 2017

Great place next to the pool and good service. Food was okay and there was a bit of a wait but would go back to try something else.

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