Lido Café Bar

Address: The Serpentine, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7706 7098

- Budget

4.5

Casually elegant all-day eaterie by the water in Hyde Park.

There are two café-restaurants by Hyde Park’s Serpentine; both have lovely views but this one, near the Albert Monument, has superior cooking. The building was originally the nearby lido’s changing rooms and has been a café for many years but was recently taken over by a new team who have refurbished it beautifully.

Food and drink
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Service
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Food and drink
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Value for money
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Ambience
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Location
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Food and drink

Brown shrimp salad with watercress, croutons and soft-boiled egg is a delicious plate of punchy flavours and noticeably spiced with rarely-seen mace. If you want something more substantial, the slow-roast lamb with flageolet beans is a winner. The seasonal fruit crumbles (rhubarb and ginger, for example) are better than you’ll find in many a restaurant or gastropub. They take great care over their drinks, too, knocking out everything from quality cappuccinos to a restorative whisky sour (I had a cold last time I was there, honestly, it was medicinal).

Ambience

French doors along the front provide charming views of water and parkland –this is the closest London gets to Sydney’s iconic Bathers Pavilion at Balmoral Beach. Sadly, they can’t do anything about the weather.

Service

Order at the bar and the food is courteously brought to your table.

Location

It's a long way from the tube station, but very handy if you're in the area, enjoying the park or attending a concert at the Albert Hall.

Price advice

If you simply wanted toast and tea you could spend less than a fiver, pizzettes are £4.50-£5.50, and main courses £6-£14.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Sporty types
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss
  • Chilling out

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