Wandering around London last week I was struck by how many fabulous fountains we have, so I thought I would take you on a little tour around my top 10 favourites. I couldn’t choose between them as each one is lovely in its own way, so they are not in any particular order. Have a look, see if you agree and let me know!
This iconic square has some of the best-known fountains in London with the backdrop of the National Gallery and when you next visit take a look at the less obvious figures spouting water inside the east fountain.
The South Bank
This is a seasonal one and is very popular as this photo shows. It has 4 ‘rooms’ separated by water and an outer square of water and they go up and down so you can hop between them. Lots of very wet people, some in swimming gear, others just jumping in fully dressed for the fun of it!
I have included this one as it has been under construction and then under repair for so long, it was wonderful to see it emerge at last this summer. William Shakespeare looks at home in the centre.
It’s easier to hear than see the fountains when you visit the sunken garden at Kensington Palace. The gardens are stunning and the gentle sound and sight of the central fountains give the area such a peaceful feel.
This is an unusual fountain as for most of the time there is just a pool of quietly flowing water across the area and then every 15 minutes for just 15 seconds steam pours out from the base of the trees. Try to catch it at night when the lights in the pool are stunning.
The spouts in this square are on a complex pattern of changing heights and colours, especially at night. During the day they brighten up a concrete square and have many visitors running up and down, including this Alsatian!
This is another fountain that is constantly changing its height and power. Being in the centre of London it is really popular and on a sunny day, you will find families here with full beach gear settling in and watching the kids have a great time.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Another ‘here it is and now it’s gone’ fountain as you will see in these photos. It’s new this year and is certainly attracting the crowds who are now enjoying all kinds of entertainment is the former home of the London 2012 Olympics.
St James Park
I love the shape of this fountain in the green of the royal park just next to Buckingham Palace. Definitely not one for jumping in and enjoying!
What’s your favourite London fountain – have I missed it out? Let me know.