London heatwave 2022: All the water refill stations and public cooling spots for the hot weather

Public Cool Spaces all have access to free drinking water, public toilets, are disability friendly and have areas of shade.

With temperatures set to reach 32C today, Londoners are being advised to stay hydrated and keep cool in the hot weather.

The London Fire Brigade has warned people enjoying the heat in parks to be wary of the sun starting a fire, as the Met Office predicts a level two heatwave for the capital.

Children cool off in the fountains in Wembley Arena. Credit: Chris Winter

In a Twitter post, the fire service advised people to “make sure to clear away bottles and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire”.

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has advised Londoners to take advantage of Cool Spaces across the capital, which include parks, water fountains, riversides and indoor public spaces.

Public Cool Spaces all have access to free drinking water, public toilets, are disability friendly and have areas of shade.

Where are the public cooling spots?

This summer the city’s designated outdoor Cool Spaces opened on June 1 and include:

  • Victoria Park (Tower Hamlets)
  • Saint Pancras Gardens (Camden)
  • Burgess Park (Lambeth)
  • Acton Park (Ealing)
  • Hampstead Heath (Camden)
The interactive map put together by City Hall, showing the water refill points (blue dots), indoor cool spaces (red dots), cooler areas (light blue shading). Click through the link for more details. Credit: CityHall

Indoor Cool Spaces also opened on June 1 and include:

  • Little Venice Sports Centre (Westminster)
  • Moberly Sports Centre (Westminster)
  • Enfield Green Library (Enfield)
  • Tate Britain (Tate)
  • The Mall Wood Green - Guest Lounge (Haringey)
  • Colombo Sports Centre (Jubilee Hall Trust)
  • Hanwell Community Library (Ealing)
  • Fulham Library (Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Southwark Cathedral (Church of England)
  • Horniman Museum (Horniman Museum and Gardens)
  • Institute of Contemporary Arts Bookstore (Institute of Contemporary Arts)
  • Library (1st floor) (Goethe-Institut London)
  • Marcus Garvey Library (Haringey Libraries)
  • Fulwell Cross Library (Redbridge)
  • St Luke’s Community Centre (St Luke’s Trust)
  • Porchester Centre (Westminster)
  • The Wallace Collection
  • Forest Hill Pools (Lewisham)

All of London’s Cool Spaces can be found on this interactive map.

Dogs cool off in Wembley Park. Credit: Chris Winter

Where are the water refill stations?

There are over 4,000 free refill stations and 100 new water fountains across the city.

You can find where your closest Refill Station is by downloading the Refill app here.

Drinking water fountains can be found in all over the city in locations including:

  • Abbey Wood Station
  • Willesden Green Tube Station
  • Camden High Street
  • Farringdon Station
  • Kentish Town Station
  • East Croydon Station
  • Hoxton Station
  • Ridley Road Market
  • Haggerston Station
  • Victoria Park

The full list can be found here on this online map.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Credit: Getty Images

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “London in summer can be delightful but as temperatures rise it is vital we look after our own health and that of our friends and neighbours.

“The people most at risk are the most vulnerable Londoners, including the elderly, those living alone, those with chronic or severe illnesses.

“Common sense precautions can save lives so please stay hydrated and take advantage of London’s 4,000 free refill locations, 100 new water fountains, stay out of the sun either at home or in one of our Cool Spaces and avoid travelling at the hottest times of day if at all possible.

“With more places to keep cool and top up on free water than ever before, we are building a better and greener London for everyone.”