Notes from Moddsey: Came across this 1941 snippet of the Lido from the Memoirs of Col. P H. Munro-Faure:
Hongkong was very quiet, a state of affairs not to be attributed to an entire absence of females. It was remarkable how many had succeeded in avoiding the order to leave the Colony. I had to wait a whole week for a passage to Singapore, where formerly berths on a dozen different ships would have been offered in the time. This gave me an opportunity to look around.
Friends took me out to Deep Water Bay, where we sunbathed on the beach, and drank our tea on the club verandah, looking out over the little golf course. High up on the hill towards Wong Nei Chong Gap I could seen the green tiled roof of the house where my wife and I, only three years previously, had been caught in the rain. I wondered whether the lady of the mansion was one of those who had contrived to remain behind.
In the evening we drove round to the next bay and bathed from the Lido, a steel and concrete building of pleasing design housing a restaurant, and bathing booths. The hot weather had set in, but here a cool breeze blew down a gully on the hillside into the windows.
I had always liked the place because of its informality. You could eat your dinner, and dance and talk, in shorts, and so keep cool, as compared with the stricter etiquette of the Gloucester and Hongkong Hotels, or the Repulse Bay Hotel, or even the Peninsular Hotel across the harbour, where several nights a week you were required to don "black ties". The charming English custom of dressing for dinner is ill adapted to the perspiring tropics.
LIDO, REPULSE BAY - NAT KING COLE? - 1950s
Perhaps someone can recall who the Manager of the Lido was during the 1950s? My parents used to go dancing there frequently. Sometimes they would take me and my brothers and on occasion two girls would join us who, I believe, were the daughters of the Manager. We would be the only children there and would remain discreetly in one corner of the room. I also recall seeing Flamenco dancers perform - and did Nat King Cole perform there too?
Lido Restaurant & Night Club
It was summer 1973. After completing of my HKU matriculation examinations, I worked here as a bartender.
It was a very nice scenic beach resort. The customers were mainly tourists. They ordered mostly soft drinks. The price for a dish of shredded chicken fried noodles was HK$9.9.
Day life was not as energetic as night life there. I heard Joe Junior sing "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" at the night club one night.
My monthly pay was HK$900. When I made a career change as a teacher in a private secondary school, my monthly pay was just HK$700.
Repulse Bay Lido Summer Night Dinner Dance Advertisement 1936
Source: The Hong Kong Telegraph, page 3 Weekend Section, 18th July 1936