London Tap

London Tap concept.

Meridian Square, Stratford, would be the site of the first London Tap.

A map showing the potential London Tap network in streets and public spaces across Greater London.

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London Tap

Returning free drinking water to London's streets and open spaces

London: built on the banks of the Thames, its households have been supplied with clean drinking water over the centuries by great engineering innovations including the 17th century New River and the modern day Thames Ring Main.

But, out and about in 2012, Londoners are increasingly dependent on expensive and environmentally damaging bottled water. This proposal imagines instead a network of fresh, clean drinking water, available free of charge in London’s public spaces.

The ideal location for the first London Tap is Meridian Square at Stratford station – London’s newest major transport hub and the gateway to the Olympic Park. Victorian philanthropists chose East London for some of their most exuberant drinking fountains, such as the elaborate Burdett-Coutts memorial fountain in nearby Victoria Park. In the wake of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, Stratford would make the perfect place to launch a London-wide initiative to bring free drinking water to the city’s streets and open spaces.


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