Children of all ages can be seen these days playing in fountains around London. Our selection for the best fountains in London are:
1. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the site of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, has been transformed into an urban parkland – one of the largest of its kind in Europe. The design of the water feature mirrors at the form of the landscape, which is planted in gently undulating ribbons. 195 jets burst from the paving from a hidden water source below. The fountains are choreographed in different sequences and heights, tempting children to race through without getting wet – the adults preferring to sit back and watch the fun.
2. Granary Square Fountains
The most popular thing for kids these days are “Splash & Play” exactly in the King’s Cross at the Granary Square fountains. This incredible fountan has 1,080 choreographed jets, each individually controlled and lit. An interesting fact is that fountains can be controlled through your smartphone to become gigantic playboards! During the summer months the fountains are switched on/off by a seasonal clock, offering hours of fun for kids of all ages. Good thing is that there is no traffic here, so that children can have fun without any worries.
3. Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain
This fountain is legacy for Princess Diana, a place designed to express hers spirit and love of children, a place of flowing water where kids can play happily with boundless fun. The fountain is a large circular fountain made of 545 pieces of Cornish granite with different patterns and stages for the water to cascade, traverse and bubble through. The water is drawn from London’s water table, and is constantly being refreshed. There are three bridges where you can cross the water and go right to the heart of the fountain. Fountain also symbolises Diana’s quality and openness.
4. Somerset House Play Fountain
These jets of water are favourite and especially popular with the kids. Located off the Strand in the heart of London, The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court is centred around our iconic fountains and surrounded on all sides by glorious 19th century buildings. This Fountain is an iconic venue that also has lovely play fountains with 55 water jets that spray up to different heights to keep the kids guessing. The jets are also timed to go spurt upward in a sequenced pattern to make a stunning and visually mesmerizing display.
5. Appearing Rooms
Interactive fountain with water installation that comes across as a maze out of four water walls in the shape of a square which is sub-divided into smaller spaces by four independent walls within the structure. The 2,30-metre-high water walls randomly rise and fall, defining all possible right-angled configurations of the space in sequences of ten seconds before changing shape and appearance. So be prepared for the kids to get completely soaked in this dazzle work of art. Adults will be able to wait for the fountains to stop before entering the rooms. It is just amazing getting inside and shutting London out with water.