London play fountains and splash pads by area

Sometimes sticking our knackered old trotters in a lukewarm city fountain is the only thing that’ll get us through a scorching hot summer’s day, and the kids seem to like them too. Luckily for us there are options all over the capital, from purpose-built splash parks to ornamental fountains too tempting not to clamber into. Here are some of the best.

North

Granary Square Fountains, King’s Cross (on but water is sporadic)

Lewis Cubitt Square Fountains, King’s Cross (on)

Rosemary Gardens water play, Islington (on)

Highbury Fields water play, Islington (on but water is sporadic)

Priory Park paddling pool, Hornsey (currently filled Friday-Sunday)

Lordship Recreation Ground paddling pool, Tottenham (filled Friday-Sunday)

Bruce Castle Park paddling pool, Tottenham (filled Friday-Sunday)

Whittington Park water play, Archway (on)

Barnard Park water play, Islington (on)

Animal Adventure water play at ZSL London Zoo, Camden Town (on)

King Square Gardens splash pad, Islington (on)

Gloucester Gate Playground water play, Regent’s Park, Camden Town (off)

Parliament Hill Paddling Pool, Hampstead Heath, Hampstead (closed)

Queen’s Park Padding Pool, Queen’s Park (closed)

East

Barking Splash Park, Barking (on)

Victoria Park Splash Pool, Hackney (off)

Tumbling Bay water play & Waterworks Fountains, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford (off)

Gauging Square fountains, Wapping (off)

Goodman’s Field fountains, Aldgate (on)

The Children’s Play Pavilion & Park splash pad, Mile End Park (off)

Peckham Rye Park water play, Peckham (off)

Britannia Leisure Centre pool splash pad (indoor), Hoxton (opens 30th June)

Leyton Leisure Centre pool splash pad (indoor), Leyton (open)

Clissold Park splash pad, Stoke Newington (closed for refurb)

London Fields paddling pool, Hackney (closed for refurb)

Aldgate Square fountains, Aldgate (on)

Fellowship Square fountains, Walthamstow (opens soon)

Stubbers Adventure Centre paddling pool, Upminster (open)

Stratford Park padding pool (closed)

South 

St. Mary’s Churchyard Park fountains, Elephant & Castle (on)

Elephant Springs water play, Elephant Park, Elephant & Castle (on but lots of problems)

Wimbledon Sprinkler Park, Wimbledon (off)

Sir Joseph Hood Playing Fields paddling pool, Motspur Park (off)

Kingston Market Square fountains, Kingston (off)

Danson Splash Park, Bexleyheath (on from 21st of June)

Southwark Park splash pad, Bermondsey (off)

Brockwell Park wet play, Lambeth (closed due to bacteria)

Myatt’s Fields splash pad, Camberwell (on)

Norwood Park water play, Gipsy Hill (partially open)

Royal Arsenal Riverside fountains, Woolwich (on)

Ruskin Park paddling pool, Denmark Hill (closed until summer holidays)

Rookery Paddling Pool, Streatham Common (open)

Clapham Common paddling pool, Clapham (closed for refurb)

North Sheen Recreation Ground paddling pool, Richmond (open)

Wells Park water play, Sydenham (on)

Greenwich Park Playground water play, Greenwich (off)

Peckham Rye Park water play, Peckham (off)

Beddington Park water play, Sutton (off)

Croydon Road Recreation Ground paddling pool, Beckenham (closed)

West

Fountain Park Way fountains, Westfield, Wood Lane (on)

Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park (closed)

John Madejski Garden paddling pool/fountains, V&A, South Kensington (open)

Kensington Memorial Park Water Play Area, Ladbroke Grove (refurb opens 1st July)

Duke of York Square fountains, Chelsea (off)

Duke’s Meadows paddling pool, Chiswick (closed)

The Lyric fountains, Hammersmith (off)

Merchant Square fountains, Paddington Basin (on)

Design Museum fountains, Kensington (on)

London Wetland Centre water-play area, Barnes (on)

Bishop’s Park water play, Putney (off)

Kew Gardens Children’s Garden, Kew (off)

Arena Square, Wembley Park (on)

Ruislip Lido splash pad, Ruislip (on)

Ravenscourt Park paddling pool, Hammersmith (closed)

Central

Edmond J Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House (closed)

Russell Square Gardens fountain, Bloomsbury (on)

Coram’s Fields water play, Bloomsbury (off)

Causton Street Playground water play, Pimlico (on)

Leicester Square fountains, West End (off)

Marylebone Green Playground water play, Regents Park, Marylebone (off)

More London Riverside Fountains, London Bridge (on)

Jeppe Hein’s Appearing Rooms, Southbank Centre, Waterloo (closed)

Further afield

Swanley Park water park, Swanley, Kent (open)

Walmer Paddling Pool, Walmer, Kent (open)

Stanborough Park Splashlands, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (open)

Splash ‘n’ Play, Willen Lake, Milton Keynes (open)

Lakeside Shopping Centre fountains, Grays, Essex (on)

The Strand Leisure Park, Gillingham, Kent (open)

Bancroft Recreation Ground splash park, Hitchin, Hertfordshire (on)

Howard Park splash park, Letchworth, Hertfordshire (on)

Royston Splash Park, Royston, Hertfordshire (on)

Stoke Park paddling pool, Guildford (open)

Cassiobury Park splash pools, Watford, Hertfordshire (on)

Willen Lake splash park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (open)

Verulamium Splash Park, St. Alban’s (open)

King George Recreation Ground splash park, Bushey (on)

Bab & Shrimp play in the Lewis Cubitt Square fountains, King’s Cross