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.


Granary Square Fountains, King’s Cross

Lewis Cubitt Square Fountains, King’s Cross

Rosemary Gardens water play, Islington

Highbury Fields water play, Islington

Priory Park paddling pool, Hornsey

Lordship Recreation Ground paddling pool, Tottenham

Bruce Castle Park paddling pool, Tottenham

Whittington Park water play, Archway

Barnard Park water play, Islington

Animal Adventure water play at ZSL London Zoo, Camden Town

King Square Gardens splash pad, Islington

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

Parliament Hill Paddling Pool, Hampstead Heath, Hampstead

Queen’s Park Padding Pool, Queen’s Park

Union Park play fountain, Wembley

Arena Square, Wembley Park

Finsbury Park splash play, Finsbury Park

Elthorne Park Playground water play, Hornsey

Swiss Cottage Open Space splash pad, Swiss Cottage

Kilburn Grange Park splash pad, Kilburn

Paradise Park splash pad, Islington


Barking Splash Park, Barking

Victoria Park Splash Pool, Hackney

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

Gauging Square fountains, Wapping

Goodman’s Field fountains, Aldgate

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

St John at Hackney Churchyard Gardens fountains, Hackney Central

Britannia Leisure Centre pool splash pad (indoor), Hoxton

Leyton Leisure Centre pool splash pad (indoor), Leyton

Clissold Park splash pad, Stoke Newington

London Fields paddling pool, Hackney (closed for refurb)

Aldgate Square fountains, Aldgate

Fellowship Square fountains, Walthamstow

Stubbers Adventure Centre paddling pool, Upminster

Stratford Park padding pool

Broadgate Exchange Play Fountains, Liverpool Street


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

Elephant Springs water play, Elephant Park, Elephant & Castle

Wimbledon Sprinkler Park, Wimbledon

Sir Joseph Hood Playing Fields paddling pool, Motspur Park

Kingston Market Square fountains, Kingston

Danson Splash Park, Bexleyheath

Southwark Park splash pad, Bermondsey

Brockwell Park wet play, Lambeth

Myatt’s Fields splash pad, Camberwell

Norwood Park water play, Gipsy Hill (closed all summer)

Royal Arsenal Riverside fountains, Woolwich

Ruskin Park paddling pool, Denmark Hill

Rookery Paddling Pool, Streatham Common

Clapham Common paddling pool, Clapham (closed until further notice)

North Sheen Recreation Ground paddling pool, Richmond

Vine Road Recreation Ground paddling pool, Barnes

Wells Park water play, Sydenham

Greenwich Park Playground water play, Greenwich

Peckham Rye Park water play, Peckham

Beddington Park water play, Sutton

Croydon Road Recreation Ground paddling pool, Beckenham

Magic Garden water play, Hampton Court Palace

London Bridge Pier fountain


Fountain Park Way fountains, Westfield, Wood Lane

Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park

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

Kensington Memorial Park Water Play Area, Ladbroke Grove

Duke of York Square fountains, Chelsea

Duke’s Meadows paddling pool, Chiswick

Merchant Square fountains, Paddington Basin

Design Museum fountains, Kensington the museum has informed me that this fountain is intended as an art installation and not a play fountain, so bear in mind you may be asked not to play in it

London Wetland Centre water-play area, Barnes

Castlenau Recreation Ground paddling pool, Barnes

Bishop’s Park water play, Putney

Kew Gardens Children’s Garden, Kew

Ruislip Lido splash pad, Ruislip

Ravenscourt Park paddling pool, Hammersmith

Palewell Common & Fields paddling pool, East Sheen


Edmond J Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House

Russell Square Gardens fountain, Bloomsbury

Coram’s Fields paddling pool Bloomsbury

Causton Street Playground water play, Pimlico

Leicester Square fountains, West End

Marylebone Green Playground water play, Regents Park, Marylebone

More London Riverside Fountains, London Bridge

Jeppe Hein’s Appearing Rooms, Southbank Centre, Waterloo

Further afield

Swanley Park water park, Swanley, Kent

The Harlow Splash Park, Harlow, Essex

Walmer Paddling Pool, Walmer, Kent

Stanborough Park Splashlands, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Splash ‘n’ Play, Willen Lake, Milton Keynes

Lakeside Shopping Centre fountains, Grays, Essex

The Strand Leisure Park, Gillingham, Kent

Bancroft Recreation Ground splash park, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Howard Park splash park, Letchworth, Hertfordshire

Royston Splash Park, Royston, Hertfordshire

Stoke Park paddling pool, Guildford

Cassiobury Park splash pools, Watford, Hertfordshire

Willen Lake splash park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Verulamium Splash Park, St. Alban’s

King George Recreation Ground splash park, Bushey

Roma cools off in Jeppe Hein’s Appearing Rooms, Southbank Centre