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 London’s water fountains
If you’re looking for a functioning water fountain use the Find A Fountain website, where you can download the Find-a-Fountain map app, showing the location of dozens of public fountains throughout the city, with a focus on central London. The site is run in conjunction with The Drinking Water Association, which lobbies for the repair and renovation of historic fountains.
Drinking fountains can often be found in the same place as public conveniences, especially at major sites such as railway stations, hospitals, airports and department stores.
The Mayor of London recently announced an initiative to roll out a new network of water fountains and bottle refill stations across London. The aim is to help reduce the amount of single-use plastic water bottles that get thrown away in the city every day, so soon you will easily be able to find places to quench your thirst with London tap water.
Water access within food and drink venues
All licensed premises authorised to serve alcohol - pubs, bars, nightclubs, cafes, restaurants, takeaway food and drink outlets, cinemas, theatres, must, by law, provide free drinking water, even if you are not a paying customer. So, no need to feel worried about asking to refill your water bottle! If you work in London, your workplace must also provide access to free drinking water.
Non-licensed premises (ones that don’t serve alcohol) are not obligated to provide free water, but many still won’t mind giving you water from the tap.
Carry a water bottle
Carry a refillable water bottle with you and you’ll save money and help the environment by reducing plastic waste. Fill up at existing water fountains, any licensed premises, or your own tap. There are plenty of stylish bottles to choose from made from all kinds of things from glass and metal to other recyclable materials.
Top tip: When you order a drink, skip the straw! Billions of plastic straws end up in landfills so request your drink without a straw.