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Thames Lido

Muddy says: An urban retreat with cool, Scandi vibes. Dive in and enjoy the infinity pool, restaurant and bar – it’s like no other spa you’ve been to.

Thames Lido Reading Berkshire infinity pool swimmer in red cap

This year’s Muddy award-winning spa, Thames Lido, is as quirky as it is unique. Sandwiched between Reading train station and the River Thames, it’s an oasis of escapism and in a town centre location. Built in Edwardian times as a women’s-only swimming bath, the pool was fed by water from the river (er, gross), but is now a cool, stylish urban retreat with Scandi vibes at its core.

Much of the original building remains: worn red brick, signs, wrought iron columns and panelling, with pops of paintbox brights. The new bits include the glass-fronted restaurant, a fully refurbished outdoor pool, two saunas and a new first floor with eight airy treatment rooms. If you’re umming and ahhhing over having over whether to have a massage. Don’t over think it, Just do it. it’s one of the best massages you’ll ever have, with therapists adapting pressure and focus depending on your needs.


Unless you’re a member, the 25m heated pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub are open to the public from Monday to Friday from 1pm –4pm or you can book one of their packages. Massages can be booked every day.

The Swim and Eat packages are brilliant value. You can come for a swim and use the sauna, steam room and hot tub and nosh on breakfast, a la carte lunch or dinner from £35.

Go the whole (luxury) hog with the longer Spa Packages which includes all the pool and spa facilities, holistic massage plus a meal in the restaurant, from £95.

Come for coffee and cake, breakfast, lunch, tapas or dinner – you can just drop in to eat, you don’t even have to swim or spa – but why wouldn’t you?

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