London Fields Lido is back open – but residents say trying to book a slot is ‘like trying to get Glastonbury tickets’

Two East London hotspots for out of doors swimming are back open in the present day – but residents have mentioned trying to book a slot at certainly one of them is like trying to get Glastonbury tickets.

London Fields Lido, in London Fields West Side, and West Reservoir Centre, in Green Lanes – two in style hotspots for out of doors swimming in Hackney – each reopened in the present day for pre-booked out of doors swimming.

But exasperated residents have in contrast trying to book a slot at London Fields Lido to trying to the famously nigh-on-unattainable feat of trying to buy tickets for the historic Somerset music pageant.

One Hackney resident tweeted final week: “My native pool, the majestic London Fields Lido, opens once more subsequent week but trying to get a slot there each night is like trying to nab Glastonbury briefs.”

A fellow resident agreed their expertise of utilizing the Lido reserving system was ‘identical to Glasto tickets’, including the reserving system for the heated London Fields Lido had crashed on them, but that they had fortunately managed to get a slot on the West Reservoir.

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“Nothing like a 7 levels chilly water swim on a Monday!” they added cheerfully.

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And another person claimed the London Fields Lido reserving system had crashed on their machine instantly after it opened for bookings at 6pm on March 22.

“Will be a lot of Patagonia-clad frustration this night,” they mentioned, including they may ‘hear the howls of dismay ring out round Hackney and surrounding areas’.

Hackney Council introduced the re-opening of the 2 out of doors swimming websites final week, following their closure all through the nationwide lockdown.

The council confirmed social distancing measures can be in operation at every facility, and mentioned swimmers can be inspired to arrive prepared to swim.

London Fields Lido is heated at round 25 levels, but anybody hoping to make the leap at West Reservoir is suggested to be an ‘skilled open water swimmer’ due to the low temperatures.

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Ajman Ali, group director of neighbourhoods and housing for Hackney Council, mentioned: “We know the way a lot individuals have missed out of doors swimming throughout the lockdown, so we’re delighted to give you the chance to welcome them back.

“As with final 12 months, social distancing measures can be in place at each services to assist maintain individuals secure.”

Residents can discover out extra about reserving a slot to swim at both of the websites right here.

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