Drinking water in London

Find out all about London’s drinking water, including where to fill up your water bottle for free.
Decorative fountain made of stone in London
London has water fountains across the city. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Can you drink London tap water?

London's tap water is safe to drink. In fact, tap water around the UK is rated among the best in the world.

How to find water fountains in London

A network of more than 100 drinking water fountains has been installed across busy areas of London, as part of a partnership between the Mayor of London and Thames Water.

Can I get water from a pub or restaurant?

All licensed premises authorised to serve alcohol, including pubs, bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants, must by law provide free drinking water, even if you are not a paying customer. 

Non-licensed premises (ones that can't serve alcohol) are not obligated to provide free water, but the Mayor of London is encouraging these businesses to offer free water refills and drinking fountains as part of the Refill London scheme.

Carry a water bottle

Carry a refillable water bottle with you to save money and help the environment by reducing plastic waste. Fill up at existing water fountains, any licensed premises or your own tap.