Public fountains in London

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Where to cool off when the weather heats up

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Where can you paddle in a public fountain in London? Cool off with our guide to Zone 1's most sploshable water features.

Are there any we've missed? Tell us about your favourite fountains in the comments below.

  • Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain

    London, W2 2UH

    Located in Kensington Gardens near the ever-popular Diana Playground, the fountain takes the form of a shallow stone ring of trickling water that's perfect for paddling.

  • Edmond J Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House

    The Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

    Children never tire of running through the choreographed fountains which erupt at Somerset House from spring to autumn.

  • Trafalgar Square Fountains

    London, WC2N 5DN

    Trafalgar Square is the heart of London, and the famous fountains have been in situ since 1845.

  • John Madjeski Garden Fountains

    Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2RL

    The V&A's Italianate courtyard is home to a beautiful lake fringed with water jets.

  • Royal Academy of Arts Fountains

    Piccadilly, London, W1J OBD

    The nozzles of the courtyard fountain are laid out to match the position of the stars and planets on the night in 1723 when Sir Joshua Reynolds, artist and RA Founding President, was born.

  • The Scoop Fountains

    More London Riverside, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2DB

    The king of alfresco venues, The Scoop amphitheatre has it all: a riverside location, seasonal fountain that delights kids and enough space for 800 picnicking people.

  • Barbican Centre Fountains

    Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS

    The lakeside terrace, complete with friendly resident ducks, is a good spot to take a rest from visiting the arts venues within the complex.

  • Hyde Park's Joy of Life Fountain

    Serpentine Rd, W2 2UH

    The Joy of Life Fountain, next to Aldford Street North Gate, alongside Park Lane, is a popular spot for splashing around in when the weather heats up.

  • Broadgate Fountains

    Exchange Place, London, EC2M 2QT

    Broadgate offers amenities for those working around or travelling through Liverpool Street Station, with calming water features, sculptures, shops and restaurants.


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Peter Jay
Peter Jay

Actually the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain is in Hyde Park, not Kensington Gardens and isn't particularly near the Diana Playground.