Reviews and Awards

Winner in Time Out's Eat & Drinking Awards 2011

Time Out Eating And Drinking Awards: Best Park Cafe

The current incarnation of the Lido Café inside a 1930s building is fantastic.  The poolside brasserie has floor-to-ceiling windows and a generous terrace, while the monthly changing seasonal menu offers excellent cooking at reasonable prices.

Dinner Review (Elle Magazine April 2013)

The food is good, the service is great and the atmosphere is warm, buzzy and relaxed, with small groups of friends and cool couples chatting contentedly at candle-lit tables.


5 Of The Best….Outdoor Bars (Elle Magazine April 2013)


Sip a Negroni in the sun at Brockwell Lido. Facing the art-deco pool, the palm-tree fringed terrace of the Lido Cafe is a sun-trap on a hot day, and the perfect place to treat yourself to a cocktail and a plate of charcuterie after a dip.

The Big Issue: Hidden Britain: Brockwell Lido Cafe, South London (February 2013)

Nestled by the poolside, decked with umbrellas, plants and small overhead heaters, the café is a genuine oasis.

London’s best breakfasts and brunches (Time Out, November 2011)

Light, airy and relaxed, this locally run venture embraces both healthy eating and comfort-food nostalgia with heaps of fluffy scrambled eggs served on crunchy wholemeal toast, free-range bacon baps, organic porridge, fruit and granola, freshly squeezed orange juice and sticky pastries.

Much Lido About Something (Southwark News April 2013)

The pork was just fantastic, the bun looked lonely on the big plate but one bite and the flavours it had sucked in during its slow cooking process popped out and said hello. I welcomed them into my gob with delight.

Things to do in London (Weekend Notes, March 2012)

This gorgeous bright modern British restaurant overlooking the pool in Brockwell is just fantastic. The mouth-watering menu changes monthly, offering salads, savoury tarts and a selection of imaginative main courses. The recently refurbished Art Deco pool and buildings are Grade II listed and make for a striking setting for lovers of 1930s architecture.

Restaurant review: The Lido Cafe, Herne Hill (Scout London, November 2011)

If you were looking to book a table for dinner at a South London restaurant with great food and a vibrant atmosphere, a café at an outdoor swimming pool may not be your first choice.  However, if you are in the know about The Lido Café at Brockwell Park in Herne Hill, it is very likely to be near the top of your short list and possibly your number one selection.

Lido dining offers that holiday feel (Southwark News, October 2011)

The chefs at the Lido Café are in the business of tasty, wholesome, ethically sourced nosh, served with unpretentious flair. No black steel cutlery presented inside swan napkins here, just homely, wholly satisfying, well-priced scrumptiousness.
The soft-hued indoor dining area is bathed in gentle, natural light streaming through walls of paneled windows. Oversized plants dot the floor, lending the air of glorious greenhouse to the place. As the sun set around us, illuminating the calming, rippling water we struggled to remember we were in London.

Poolside setting for a memorable meal (The Picnic Project, August 2011)

The menu is fresh, wholesome and extremely tasty, and there are always the pails of thick cut chips for a treat. They are generous with their salads and the meat is free-range and perfectly cooked. If you opt for brunch, the full English is so well cooked that you almost feel it must be good for you. But it is the venue that makes the food taste even better.
If the buzzing atmosphere of a Sunday Brunch is not quite what you are looking for, then early evening is the time for you. Peace descends and you can watch the sun set over the lido, the park’s trees providing a green fringe around you and your desert oasis.

South London’s top 10 budget eats (The Guardian, April 2011)

On a sunny day, Brockwell Lido’s smartly renovated cafe is a fine location for breakfast, lunch or just a slice of fresh, fragrant carrot cake. Sit out on the patio overlooking the sparkling pool or in the stark, bright interior while chowing on Stornoway black pudding and roast tomatoes on toast, homemade burgers and fishcakes, or Denhay cheddar macaroni cheese.

Restaurant Review **** (The ViewLondon, January 2011)

A modern cafe attached to the Brockwell Lido, The Lido Cafe is as much a stand-alone entity as an appendage: you don’t need to swim to dine here. With its inspiring culinary offerings and comforting appeal, The Lido Cafe is sure to cause ripples for years to come.

The 50 best coffee shops (The Independent, April 2010)

If you’re heading to the Brockwell Lido for a dip, make sure you stop for a sip too. Alan describes the Lido Café as an ‘unexpected little cafe serving tasty espresso coffee along with a full range of daily changing specials from their on-site kitchen’. Enjoy a cup of quality coffee after your swim, or even instead of: the cafe is open to all.