London’s best drinking water fountains
There are many beautiful drinking water fountains across London, but Time Out, a go-to guide for London, has compiled a list of their five favourites, to make it easier for you to stay hydrated wherever you are in the capital!
1 The Freeman Family Fountain, Hyde Park, W1
Standing on a plinth of granite, this polished stainless-steel orb was designed by international garden artist David Harber in 2009. The fountain has four separate drinking positions at varying heights and a spout to fill water bottles.
2 Augustus Harris Memorial Drinking Fountain, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, WC2
This terracotta fountain features a bronze of Augustus Harris, who was manager of the Theatre Royal from 1873 until his death in 1896.
3 Ready Money Drinking Fountain, The Broad Walk, Regent’s Park, NW1
This marble and red granite gothic structure is one of the largest drinking fountains in London. It was given to the park in 1869 by Sir Cowasjee Jehangir, a Parsi industrialist from Bombay, nicknamed Ready Money.
4 Giltspur Street, EC1
The Metropolitan Drinking Fountain Association was set up in 1859 opposite a pub, to provide the poor with an alternative to beer. Set into the railings of St Sepulchrewithout- Newgate church, its two original mugs are chained to the structure.
5 Mount Street Gardens, W1
The fountain was built in 1891 is topped by a rearing bronze horse. It was restored in 2005 by Mayfair residents, who raised £12,000 for the project.
Whether outdoors or indoors, Drinking Water Fountains know that fountains are an invaluable source of hydration and, as these examples and many others show, can also be a stylish addition to your home or public space.