Best for: a family-friendly paddle
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. For more a more adventurous dip, there's also the children's section in the Serpentine Lido.
Londoners love the summer. It makes everyone cheerful. Everyone walks with a woozy swagger. And then, after three days of sun, everyone gets a bit irratible and hot. If this is you, you might want to: cool off at a rooftop bar; pack a picnic and head to the London parks or consume a cone from one of the city’s many ice cream parlours.
But when the temperature really rises, jumping into a fountain (or perching near to one) can be the only way to cool off. Here in London there are some corkers - both in the city’s major parks and in amongst the landmarks. Whether you’ve got little people who enjoy a paddle, or you want to try your hand at dodging the jets - here are the best public fountains in London - just remember to pack a spare set of clothes.
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