With scorching hot temperatures in September, local paddling pools and outdoor splash parks are more popular than ever. While some are still open, others have unfortunately closed already. Check our updated list of 35 great splash fountains, lidos, water parks, and outdoor pools for kids to enjoy in all areas of London.
Updated September 2023. Keep in mind that most outdoor water play areas in London are only open during summer. Local councils may not always provide clear communication regarding the exact shutdown date, but we’ll do our best to maintain an updated list. Feel free to share any additional information or updates in the comments.
Map of places in London to cool off from the heat:
List of lidos, water parks and areas for families with kids to splash and swim outdoors in London (in alphabetical order):
1. Barking Outdoor Splash Park
Open until September 17, 2023
Opening hours: 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM. The Splash Park offers four 90-minute sessions that begin at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 5:00 AM. Open every weekend, as well as on public and school holidays, and on any sunny days during term time between the 20th of May till mid-September. Subject to weather conditions.
In the heart of Barking Park, Essex, lies an extraordinary outdoor Splash Park that promises laughter and sparkling water, offering a perfect retreat for relaxation and endless enjoyment. The park boasts a safe, flat ground, ensuring the utmost security, and a remarkable assortment of fountains that gracefully rise and fall at varying intervals.
Children find themselves immersed in a world of play and merriment, both among their peers and alongside the lively park mascot known as Splashy, who showcases his dance moves whenever he’s on duty. During the summer season, visitors to the park can partake in additional attractions such as Walk-On-Water balls and charming pedal boats, requiring extra tokens for access.
Parents and guardians accompanying their children have the opportunity to don swimsuits, unwind on deck chairs, or join in the aquatic revelry with their little ones within the park’s enclosed walls, ensuring a safe and private environment.
Once the delightful splashing session draws to a close, an array of thrilling adventures awaits visitors in other areas of Barking Park. From the enchanting experience of boating on The Magical Unicorn Lake to bouncing around on the inflatable Bounsea land, there is no shortage of excitement.
Please take note that the operation of Splash Park is contingent upon weather conditions, so it is advisable to plan your visit accordingly for an unforgettable day of aquatic entertainment.
2. Beckenham Place Park Swimming Lake
Open all year, unheated
The newest wild-swimming spot in London is located in the most significant green space of Lewisham in South East London. Actually, it’s located in an old Georgian lake lost in 1800 when it was first created by John Cator of Beckenham Place Mansion. Now the lagoon is back to its former glory. The lake’s temperature is solely influenced by the warmth of the sun, which means it can become quite chilly at times, especially during the winter months.
Here are the guidelines for children:
- Swimmers must be at least 8 years old.
- All swimmers are required to demonstrate their ability to swim unaided for a distance of more than 25 meters.
- When supervising swimmers aged 8 to 11 in the water, one adult can oversee two children.
- For swimmers aged 12 to 14, one adult can supervise up to five children. The adult can be positioned on the bank.
- Individuals aged 15 and older are permitted to book a swim session on their own.
Additionally, competency tests are necessary for certain age groups:
- Swimmers aged 8 to 11 must successfully complete a competency test, which includes a 25-meter swim on the front, a 25-meter swim on the back, and demonstrating a star float on both the front and back (each held for 3 to 5 seconds).
- Swimmers aged 12 to 14 must pass a competency test, which involves a 50-meter swim.
The jetty is only available to registered swimmers who must pay electronically. Lifeguards are on duty, and changing facilities are available. The restored lake is a haven for anyone who loves wild swimming (also popular in the Serpentine), or just wants to get up close with the ducks.
3. Brockwell Lido, Brockwell Park
Open all year, unheated
Brockwell Lido’s 50-meter pool is surrounded by art deco Grade II buildings. They house the Lido Cafe and exercise studios offering year-round pilates, dance, and other activities for children. Enjoy a wide range of events at the site once you have perfected your backstroke.
Also in Brockwell Park: Check out the playground with its water and sand area, perfect for toddlers on a hot summer day.
4. Causton Street Paddling Pool, Pimlico
The Causton Street Playground is located just behind Tate Britain in West London. This hidden gem is one of London’s most treasured places and is a fantastic place to take your child. The outdoor paddling pool is clean and well-maintained, and there’s a giant sandpit and solid climbing frames.
5. Charlton Lido, Greenwich
Open all year, heated
This 50-meter-long, Olympic-sized swimming pool in Charlton (between Greenwich and Woolwich), is open all year and is heated to 25 degrees during winter. Children are welcome to join all Swim for All sessions at Charlton Lido, staying in a designated lane. They also offer special Toddler Splash sessions held in the teaching pool for the little ones.
Since they have a smaller children’s pool, it is a popular place to swim for local families. The pool also features two sun terraces, there’s a café, gym, and fitness studio.
6. Croydon Road Recreation Ground
The paddling pool for children and the enclosed play area is available to the kids. Parents can enjoy the cafe, tweens or teens the tennis courts and netball/basketball facilities.
7. Danson Splash Park
Open May – September
The water park is open from May through September. It’s free to use, has good baby-changing facilities, seating, and close to toilets. You’ll find a colourful area, safely padded with numerous water fountains and jets for kids to splash in.
8. Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park
Open all year
While it wasn’t intended as a splash fountain when it was built, the Diana Fountain quickly became a summer favourite for Londoners to dip their feet on hot summer days.
Things to know before you go
- Dogs are not permitted in the area (with the exception of service dogs).
- Visitors are welcome to bathe their feet in the fountain, though they’re requested not to walk on its stone edges.
- The Princess Diana Memorial Fountain is a wheelchair-accessible area.
Elephant Springs opened in the summer of 2021 and was an instant hit among families with young kids in South East London.
To take advantage of the water play, you don’t need to live in the Elephant & Castle development. Everyone is welcome to splash around in the fountains and use the jets and pumps to create various effects with water.
We were positively surprised by the water park in Elephant and Castle. On a normal weekday, it didn’t feel too crowded, and our boy had lots of fun splashing around. He tested out the water pumps, ran through the water jets and paddled in the shallow water.
The cascades of water rushing down rocks resemble a waterfall and he felt like the king of the world when he reached the top of the mount. It’s going to get really crowded during the school holiday, so we recommend going really early or late in the afternoon. This is a really great place for kids living in Southwark and South East London.
10. Finchley Lido Outdoor Pool
Summer only, not heated
Finchley’s outdoor lido in North London is part of an indoor pool complex with a cinema and a bowling alley. The unheated outdoor lido is 25m in length with a shallow area for kids to play. There is also a grassy patio for sunbathing and you can have a coffee or cold drink at the Lido Refreshments while chilling on a sun lounger or deck chair.
Finchley Lido Refreshments is a new addition to the outdoor pool, we sell soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks for all of the family.
The indoor pool on the other hand is open all year, and you have the option to use the wave machine or plough up and down in the main pool.
11. Granary Square Splash Fountains
Stop by on a hot sunny day and the water area at Granary Square is full of children squealing with fun as they try to dodge the water jets. The water jets change in intensity through the day – from calm and reflective at daybreak, to becoming more animated as the day goes on. At dusk, a stunning light show begins and people stop to watch in wonder.
This attraction is perfect for those visiting North London as King’s Cross can be so easily reached. Granary Square’s fountains are composed of 1,080 water jets, each controlled individually and lit up. This provides hours of entertainment for children who enjoy splashing around.
Parents who love to photograph their children will find excellent opportunities to capture them at the fountains. The Central Saint Martins art school is located just behind the square, making it a lively place for young people. The fountains are surrounded by benches carved with wooden pieces. Parents can watch their children play in the water show while they relax on the benches.
12. Greenwich Park Playground – Water and Sand Area
Greenwich Park Playground is a big favourite among families in South East London. Located close to River Thames, the play area is a quick 10-minute walk up the hill from the DLR station or the Thames Clippers Pier if you prefer to arrive by boat.
Greenwich Park is ideal for summer picnics with fantastic views of London’s skyline, and you’ll find some of the UK’s most popular museums close by, such as the National Maritime Museum with several interactive galleries for kids. Greenwich Park Playground includes a range of different equipment such as swings, climbing frames and slides for the little ones, but the water splashing area is the most popular feature,
13. Hampton Pool, Bushy Park
Open all year, heated
Nestled in the scenic woodlands of Bushy Park in West London, Hampton Pool is a beloved local gem. This delightful destination features a children’s pool perfect for little ones who are still using armbands, along with a spacious grassy area and a rooftop café offering a tempting array of breakfast options and delectable homemade treats. It’s a fantastic spot for the whole family to enjoy.
Note that all children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult in the water (within arm’s reach) at all times.
To enhance your experience, consider booking through their convenient app, and don’t forget to reserve a spot for the poolside swim and BBQ club. Hampton Pool hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the ultimate poolside night out.
14. Hyde Park Lido and Paddling Pool
The paddling pool is only open during summer, Lido is open all year (not heated)
For over 100 years, the “Serpentine Lido” in Hyde Park has been a popular London escape in the middle of the city. There is no better place for your child to learn how to swim. The Lido offers a safe, dedicated area for children with a swimming pool, climbing frame, and bouncy toys. Then, after they feel confident, you can take a seat on a deck chair to enjoy the sunbathing area by the water in Central London.
15. Kensington Memorial Park
Open April – September
With its tennis courts, gardens, and fields, this ample recreation space has an enclosed water playground and splash pool area, with all the necessary sprinklers and buckets for children to get drenched in.
It’s completely free with changing rooms and a security guard. Outside, there is a playground, sandpit area, and toddler area.
The waterplay will open in two-hour sessions to allow for additional cleaning and system checks throughout the day.
The session times will be as follows except on Tuesdays when they open later at 12 p.m.:
- Session 1 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
- Session 2 1 pm to 3 pm
- Session 3 3.30 pm to 5:30 pm
On Tuesday the sessions will be:
- Session 1 12 pm to 1.30 pm
- Session 2 2 pm to 3.30 pm
- Session 3 4 pm to 5.30 pm
The water play will close between sessions for extra cleaning and maintenance.
16. Kenwood Ladies Bathing Pond, Hampstead Heath
Open all year
Nestled amidst nature’s embrace, Kenwood Ladies Bathing Pond stands as a cherished sanctuary for women seeking solace, tranquillity, and a slice of secluded paradise within the bustling metropolis. This hidden gem offers a serene escape where one can swim, sunbathe, and simply unwind, far from the urban cacophony.
Surrounded by lush greenery and majestic tall trees, the pond’s setting is nothing short of enchanting. It beckons with the promise of respite and relaxation, inviting visitors to leave behind the demands of city life and immerse themselves in the soothing embrace of nature.
But Kenwood Ladies Pond is more than just a tranquil retreat; it’s a thriving ecosystem in its own right. As you bask in the serenity, you’ll be in the company of a diverse range of wildlife. The pond is a haven for ducks, swans, and various species of fish, adding a touch of natural wonder to your visit.
Keep an attentive eye out, and you might be treated to the captivating sight of kingfishers gracefully diving into the pond in pursuit of their prey. Occasionally, a stately heron can be spotted, perched at the water’s edge, lending an air of elegance to this already picturesque landscape.
Children aged 8-15 must be accompanied by an adult. The maximum number of children per adult is two. All children will be asked to complete a Swim Test to show competency in the water when returning to the Bathing Ponds or swimming at the facility for the first time
17. Leicester Square Fountains
Closed during winter
The hectic area around West End gets busy and hot during summer, and the fountain under the 19th-century statue of Shakespeare is a great place for kids to have a fun and refreshing splash around. Located in the heart of the West End, this fountain is a delightful attraction that has been designed specifically for children.
The water jets shoot up from the ground at different heights, creating an exciting environment that will entertain children of all ages. Parents can relax on the nearby benches while their kids have a great time in the water, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the area.
18. London Fields Lido, Hackney
Open all year, heated
If you’ve ever attempted to secure a coveted hour-long slot at London Fields Lido on a scorching July afternoon, you’re probably familiar with the challenge – a bit like trying to snag tickets to Santa’s Grotto at Harrods.
This outdoor swimming haven in the heart of east London has become a hot spot for aquatic enthusiasts in recent years, with over 340,000 visitors making a splash in 2022. Alongside the impressive 50-metre heated pool, there’s a treasure trove of amenities waiting to be explored at the lido. Imagine sipping on a refreshing drink and indulging in light bites at the charming cafe, or basking in the sun’s warmth on the inviting sun terrace. And don’t forget the convenience of indoor and outdoor changing rooms and restroom facilities – perfect for those post-swim touch-ups!
Accessibility is a priority here, with features like a pool hoist, ramp access, accessible toilets, and changing facilities, along with wheelchair-friendly access. The swimming experience caters to all, offering lane swimming throughout the day, swimming lessons for both children and adults, one-on-one swimming coaching, and expert guidance during our swimfit sessions.
Families, in particular, will appreciate the dedicated “Swim for Family” sessions, where quality time takes centre stage in a fun and inviting pool environment. If you’re looking for added fun, floats and toys may be available poolside or for purchase, all while adhering to safety regulations to ensure an enjoyable swim.
19. Merchant Square Fountain Maze, Paddington
Merchant Square is a great place to take your children if they enjoy splashing around in King’s Cross’s fountains. There are many things to do in this open space that will delight both children and parents. Uniquely, the fountains transform an afternoon of paddling into a game and challenge. The 320 jets are placed in three circles, and the goal is to get them back and forth while not getting wet.
20. More London Fountain
With great views across the river towards the Tower of London, the water jets at “More London” next to City Hall is a great location for kids wanting to cool off on a hot summer day.
Enjoy the view while your children splash around in the fountains. It’s fun and accessible, with over 200 white water jets that shoot water upwards. Take some extra clothes with you and stop by one of the restaurants for a refreshing drink or a snack.
21. Oasis Sports Centre Outdoor Pool, Camden
Open all year, heated
The Oasis Camden’s outdoor pool is 27.5m of pure blue. Once you discover the heated open-air pool, sun terrace, and adjoining indoor pool, you will be hooked like everyone else. The Oasis can be very popular on hot summer weekends. However, at peak times, it is hard to get any serious swimming done.
22. Olympic Park Splash Fountains, Stratford
Open March – October
To the south of Olympic Park, you will find the Waterworks Fountains. These 195 individual water jets create walls of water that allow you to cool down and splash around. Remember that the fountains are not available during major events. And if you want to splash around even more, why not try the Olympic Swimming Pool nearby?
23. Parliament Hill Lido, Hampstead Heath
Open all year, not heated
Hampstead Heath‘s popular outdoor pool has been rated as one of the best in London. Here you will find a variety of water-based activities. The shallow paddling pool and the outdoor pool are great for younger swimmers who want to practice their swimming skills. The Lido is available 7 days a week, from 07:00 am to 8:30 pm. Prices may vary.
24. Peckham Rye Playground Water Play Area
Peckham Rye Playground opened in 2018 with a water play area where children can use hand pumps to control the water flow around streams and dams.
You’ll also find a push-button water pump, a sandpit for little diggers, and a climbing frame that has tunnel slides. There is even comfortable seating for tired parents.
25. Royal Docks Outdoor Swimming
Open all year
Not scared of cold water? Then take the plunge into Royal Docks in East London. All swimmers are tagged so that there is no danger. If you feel like you’ve gone too far, qualified coaching is available. There is a casual area for recreational swimmers, and race distances are clearly marked for competitive events.
Children are permitted to swim from 6-16 years old, but very specific rules apply: Children’s ability to swim will be assessed (200m of swimming without stopping) and they must swim with a parent or guardian. Children must also wear a wetsuit and a tow float (loaned by NOWCA), and will only be able to swim within a set course.
Kids Summer Splash, Royal Docks (August only)
31 July – 20 August 2023
Enjoy a free summer splash from August 1st to 21st at Royal Victoria Dock. Dive into the lido, build sandcastles, and join in various free activities. From beach yoga to craft workshops, there’s something for everyone.
Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, each day offers a different activity. Plus, you can grab refreshments from the Perky Blenders x Goodvibes coffee shop or bring your picnic.
Explore the Royal Docks with wakeboarding and paddleboarding. Kids Summer Splash has been a summer hit since 2018, offering a cool escape and outdoor fun for all. Don’t miss it!
26. Russell Square Gardens Fountain
Closed during winter
After being re-landscaped in 2002, the beautiful garden at Bloomsbury’s Russell Square was given a fountain. It rises from the centre of the square. While it may be small, it still offers excellent paddling opportunities for children and their parents.
27. Somerset House – Fountain Court
Only open during August
Summer 2023 opening times: Only open on weekdays during the month of August from 10.00 – 19.00.
One of our favourite places to cool off in Central London is the fountain court at Somerset House. Numerous splash fountains make this location one of the best places for kids to cool off when visiting central London landmarks. And as a bonus, if you’re looking to take nice photos of your kids splashing around, the backdrop is fantastic.
Somerset House’s 55 jets make up the Edmond J Safra Fountain Court. The courtyard is used frequently for film screenings and other special events and is an amazing backdrop if you’re planning to take some nice photos of your kids splashing around. It’s great for older and younger kids alike, and parents will find plenty of seats surrounding the court with a cafe within a short distance.
28. Southbank Splash Fountains
Opening hours 2023: 7 Jun – 3 Sep, Wed-Sun, 10 am – 9 pm (subject to weather conditions and maintenance)
Closed Mon & Tues
This Southbank is the perfect place for kids to enjoy a splash or two while sightseeing around the South Bank area in London.
These fountains are very clever and can be pretty unpredictable. It’s perfect for running in and outside and is great for older kids who enjoy an algorithmic challenge. You can let your toddler paddle a little, too, as the jets are soft enough.
This imaginative creation of Danish artist Jeppe Hein is called “Appearing Rooms”, and seamlessly merges architecture and technology, resulting in artworks that exude joy, captivate the viewer, and inspire playfulness.
Since its debut in 2007, Appearing Rooms has become a beloved highlight of the summer season at the Southbank Centre. After a two-year absence, this engaging sculpture makes a highly anticipated return, promising to once again enchant visitors with its interactive allure.
Safety information: For safety, they recommend that kids wear shoes in the fountain. They also ask that children wear either a T-shirt over their swimming costume, a rash vest or a swimming costume with sleeves.
29. Southwark Park Splash Park & Paddling Pool
Southwark Park Playground was completely refurbished in 2018 and features a compact but well-designed water splash area (summer only), with ten water jets and a full filtration and chemical treatment system.
The splash park has been a huge hit with local families picnicking next to the water area. The splash is located just next to the gated playground area, featuring a long slide, swings and a challenging climbing frame.
30. Swanley Park Splash Pool
Looking to beat the heat on those scorching summer days? Look no further! Swanley Park’s most popular attraction has recently undergone its most extensive refurbishment since its inception.
Introducing the impressive splash pool, designed with the entire family in mind. Its shallow depth allows for safe enjoyment by all, overseen by trained professionals and sophisticated technology to ensure a secure playing environment.
Complementing the pool, a range of water features are scattered on soft flooring, adding an extra dash of excitement for the more enthusiastic visitors. Come and indulge in some fun under the sun. Parents and guardians are kindly reminded to take responsibility for the supervision of their own children.
Session costs: Between 9 am and 11 am on weekends and school holidays, tranquil sessions are available at a rate of £3.00 per person. Booking in advance is required and can be done through the provided link. From 11 a.m. onwards, the splash pool is open to the public, free of charge, with no booking necessary.
31. Union Park Water Splash Area, Wembley
Introducing Union Park, a groundbreaking new park in Wembley after a gap of 150 years. Complementing the existing pocket parks, play areas, and water features in Wembley Park, Union Park is an extraordinary green space where you can unwind and bask in the fresh air.
Designed with the community in mind, Union Park will serve as a haven for residents and visitors alike, providing opportunities to connect with nature, enjoy captivating water features, engage in play areas, and witness performances in a prime location just steps away from the renowned Olympic Way and National Stadium.
The southern section of the park is now open, welcoming everyone to partake in its delights. It boasts a children’s paddling pool, outdoor sports training equipment, playgrounds, an awe-inspiring pond, and a games area where you can engage in your favourite sports. Best of all, these facilities are free and easily accessible for everyone’s enjoyment.
32. V&A Museum Fountain, South Kensington
The V&A Museum is free and is open seven days a week. It is loved by children from all over London. Enjoy high-quality craft activities and then cool off in the courtyard before taking a dip into the paddling pool. The V & A has changing facilities on-site, making it a great place to spend the day.
33. Victoria Park Splash Park
Open June – September
Opening hours: Victoria Park Splash Pool is currently operational from 11 am – 5 pm, every day (unless it rains). The splash pool is due to finish on Friday 16 September.
The splash park in Vicky Park is full of hills and valleys for children to enjoy. There are buttons to spray water or to keep it from escaping. A variety of equipment is available for children of all ages. There’s also a shallow pool that can be used in the summer. The Pavillion has changing rooms and other facilities. Another bonus is the fact that the Pavillion has a variety of facilities for older children and teenagers. You can use it year-round, provided you have your own ping-pong equipment.
34. Wimbledon Splash Park
Open July – August
This water-based activity area in Wimbledon is entirely free. Although it’s only open in the summer (July and August), it’s definitely worth a visit. Six paddling pools are available at the interactive splash pad and sprinkler park. In addition, there are two interactive play areas where water is sprayed onto children. This is the perfect place to cool off and have some outdoor fun this summer in South West London. This space also has a water play area for children, which is a huge benefit.
35. Winn’s Common Paddling Pool
Open July – September
The mound is an extensive, flat, green grassland that’s perfect for sunbathing and walking. It is located east of Plumstead Common, so it is ideal for everyone in East London. Best of all, Winn’s Common boasts a beautiful shallow pool that can be used for paddling. From 20 July to 1 September, the regular opening hours are 10 am to 6 pm. So you have plenty of time to go! The park offers plenty of space to the whole family for activities like dog walking and outdoor games. Winn’s Common is a space that both children and adults will enjoy.
Big aqua parks outside of London
While London can offer plenty of small local paddling pools, water areas, fountains and lidos to cool down in, you’ll have to venture out of the city to experience large aqua parks with bigger slides and water features. Here are a few options:
1. Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park, Surrey
Open May – September
If you have never visited Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park, you are in for a treat! This waterpark is a kids’ favourite in Surrey, with plenty of family activities. From water skiing to boat rentals, this park has something for everyone. Inflatable slides and obstacles make this water park a great place to play and stay active. Read on to learn more about the park and how to plan a family outing!
A day out at the aquatic park is not only fun for the kids but for adults as well! This 1,500-square-metre water park has 20 obstacles to challenge swimmers and waterpark-goers of all ages. Parking is free at Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park, and the park is accessible by footbridge. It is also accessible by car.
The inflatable obstacle course at Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park offers something for everyone to enjoy. Participants can enjoy floating islands, flippers, slides, climbing walls, and rope swings while wearing their wet suits. A discounted admission rate is available by booking ahead. The water park is best experienced during the summer, but it is worth it no matter the weather. You’ll be glad you went! If you’re visiting Thorpe Lakes, don’t forget to check the hours. If you are a kid at heart, Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park is the perfect place for you!
2. Alton Towers Waterpark, Staffordshire
Open all year
If you love water parks, you’re probably interested in checking out Alton Towers Waterpark. With over 100 interactive water features and rides, this theme park will surely be a hit with families. This waterpark is perfect for all ages, with the Lazy River, crazy cannons, and the Master Blaster water rollercoaster. Aside from the slides, there’s also a shallow pool for children.
Little Leak is a play area with interactive floats and slides, and there’s a shop where you can buy essential swimming gear. You’ll be glad to know that children two and under are free to enter the waterpark, although some height restrictions exist. You can also book your tickets online ahead of time, so you don’t have to worry about missing a ride!
3. Waterworld, Stoke-On-Trent
Open all year
If you’re planning a family trip close to Stoke-on-Trent, Water World Aqua Park may be the perfect place to take your kids. This water park is renowned for its high-intensity water slides and children’s play area. Waterworld has several rides to thrill visitors of all ages. The Twister is one of the most thrilling rides, with twists and turns and a plunge into the water at the end.
There are many attractions to enjoy here, including the indoor tropical water park and Aquatots sessions. You can also plan a birthday party at WaterWorld with the Birthday Beach Party package, which includes unlimited access to the water park, food, balloons, goody bags, and the use of a themed party area. The park is open all year round, except during refurbishment. However, it is closed on certain dates during these times.
The Waterworld Aqua Park has several exciting rides for the whole family, from toddlers to adults. Rapid rivers, wave pools, and kamikaze slides test the limits of your bravery. The largest water ride in Europe is the Rafting River. And if you’re feeling too adventurous, the relaxing hydro-massage setting will be sure to relax your tired muscles. It is one of the top attractions in Lloret de Mar!
4. Liquid Leisure Windsor
Liquid Leisure is the home of Europe’s Largest Aqua Park. It also houses the first official Ninja Warrior UK Aqua Park. The park is located in Berkshire’s most stunning private freshwater lakes.
There are many options, including the possibility of wakeboarding on the water sports lake, climbing across a floating obstacle course, or enjoying boat activities. You can also relax on the largest beach resort in Berkshire and enjoy live sports and entertainment at the bar.
Looking for more things to do with the kids in London this summer?
There’s no lack of activities for children in London during summer; read all about it on LondonDucklings from summer clubs and horse riding lessons to skateboarding and playgrounds the opportunities are endless.
FAQ Water Parks in London:
Are there any free water play places for kids in London?
Yes! There are several public fountains with water jets, splash pads and water features in playgrounds in London completely free of charge. Most of the big public parks in London such as Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Greenwich Park offer free water play areas for kids to enjoy in the summer.
What are the best water play places for kids in London?
Here are 5 local favourites:
1. Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park
2. Elephant Springs, Elephant & Castle
3. Fountain Court, Somerset House
4. Granary Square fountains, King’s Cross
5. More London water jets, Tower Bridge
Are there any big water parks in London?
No, you’ll need to travel out of London. While you’ll find plenty of swimming pools, lidos, fountains and paddling pools to cool off in the summer, you’ll need to venture out of central London to experience big water parks with multiple big slides such as Thorpe Aqua Park and Alton Towers Waterpark.
What are the best big water parks near London?
Liquid Leisure in Windsor, Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park in Surrey and Alton Towers Waterpark in Staffordshire are popular water parks within 1-2 hours’ reach from central London.
Am I allowed to have a dip in London’s fountains?
In general, you’re not allowed to swim or bathe in London’s fountains, although people often dip their feet on hot days without being told off. For kids, there are plenty of water jets they are allowed to use during summers in places such as Somerset House, Granary Square and More London.
Is the water in London’s fountains and water play areas safe?
Fountains and paddling areas for kids generally use chlorine and filtering to reduce the risk of contamination. Typically the water is treated to at least the same level of quality as swimming pool water standards. However, avoid swallowing any water and make sure to keep an eye on your kids at all times.
What are the best splash parks in London?
Here are 5 local favourites:
1. Vicky Park Splash Pool
2. Southwark Park Splash Area
3. Barking Park Splash Park
4. Danson Splash Pads
5. Kensington Memorial Water Area
Where can children swim in London?
5 popular swimming pools in London:
1. London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park
2. Seven Islands Leisure Centre, Surrey Quays
3. Wavelengths Leisure Centre, Deptford
4. Fountain Leisure Centre, Brentford
5. Richmond Pools On The Park, Richmond
What is a splash park?
A splash park is a water play area for kids usually found in urban areas. Features often include jets of water, fountains, movable nozzles and shallow pools of water. A splash park or splash pad is often covered by a rubbery surface for children’s safety.
What is a splash fountain?
A splash fountain is usually made up of jets of water shooting up in different patterns making it a fun area for kids to enjoy during hot weather. As opposed to splash parks, a splash fountain is not primarily designed as a play area for kids. Splash fountains are usually built in public squares to blend in with the architecture, while at the same time offering city kids a way to cool down from the summer heat.
What is a paddling pool?
A paddling pool is a pool area with shallow water enabling small children to splash and have fun, making it a safer place for babies, toddlers and young kids to enjoy water play. You’ll find both public paddling pools and inflatable pools for your garden. Even if a paddling pool can appear safe, always keep an eye on your kids when they play with water.