GOODBYE OCEAN PLASTIC
Over 30 million tourists flock to London each year, for many of them buying plastic water bottles may seem like the only way to stay hydrated while exploring a new city.
But London is different!
Drink water the London way.
Refillable water bottle
Carrying a refillable water bottle is the latest London trend.
But don’t worry if you didn’t bring your own. You can buy a refillable bottle from many of London’s museums and tourist destinations, including ZSL London Zoo, Selfridges, the Natural History Museum, as well as coffee shops like Pret A Manger, many major supermarkets too and even some clothes shops!
Drinkable tap water
Tap water is safe to drink wherever you go in London.
London’s world class tap water is accessible across the city and free – so be sure to make the most of it during your visit.
The tap water in London is mainly supplied by Thames Water and is in fact subject to greater testing and controls than the bottled-water industry. There no need to question the safety of tap water in London so use the tap.
Find out more here.
A new network of drinking fountains is expanding across the capital.
We’ve recently worked with the Mayor of London to install more than 20 new drinking fountains across the capital to make it easier to refill on the go. Subsequently the Mayor of London has committed to installed a further 100 drinking fountains across London!
Check out this map to find your nearest drinking fountain.
Free drinking water in cafes
Having access to free drinking water is your right!
By law, all licenced premises in England and Wales are required to provide free drinkable water to their customers on request. This means pubs, bars, nightclubs, cafes, restaurants, takeaway food and drink outlets, cinemas, theatres – anywhere that is authorised to sell alcohol.
Alternatively, you can download the Refill app to find out where you can refill your water bottle for free!
Londoners are saying no to plastic bottled water and embracing tap water, refillable bottles, and free drinking fountains instead. They are keeping plastic water bottles off the streets, away from the Thames and out of the ocean.
This summer, we’ve joined up with some of London’s leading museums, popular areas and landmark events to showcase all the great alternatives to bottled water we have in London and help visitors to drink water the London way too.
So whether you’re here for business, or settling into a holiday, you too can be part of the movement sweeping across London by carrying a refillable water bottle and filling up from one of the many free drinking water points scattered through the city.
Join Londoners, as we work to protect the Thames and the ocean from unnecessary plastic water bottle pollution.
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Events and activities
Hello London hits Carnaby Street
Carnaby Street offers unmissable shopping and dining in the heart of London’s West End – making it one of London’s most popular destinations.
We’ve partnered with the fantastic team at Shaftesbury to bring Hello London to Carnaby and encourage Carnaby-goers to drink water the London way. So when you’re next in the area, be sure to check out this striking mural – and don’t forget there’s a #OneLess water fountain right round the corner in Kingly Court where you can fill up for free.
London National Park City Festival
This summer London become the world’s first National Park City!
To celebrate, we joined up with our project partners at the Thames Estuary Partnership during a showing of their award winning documentary ‘The Living Thames’ featuring Sir David Attenborough at The Scoop to highlight our wonderful River Thames and explore some of the reasons why we need to protect it by saying #GoodbyeOceanPlastic.
Hello London celebrates RideLondon
Prudential RideLondon is one of London’s greatest sporting events, with more than 100,000 cyclists travelling across London and Surrey during the first weekend in August.
Previously, around 65,000 single-use plastic water bottles had been given out over the weekend but this year was different! RideLondon waved #GoodbyeOceanPlastic and did not provide any plastic water bottles to riders. Instead riders were encouraged to bring their own refillable bottle and refill at various points on course.
New fountain at the Tate Modern
The Tate Modern is the UK’s most visited tourist attraction and one of the world’s most iconic galleries, featuring artwork from Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Barbara Hepworth!
It is also home to a brand new #OneLess water fountain, which you’ll find in front of the Tate’s main entrance, a few metres from the Riverfront! So next time you’re on the Southbank you’ll be able to drink water the London way and ditch that pesky plastic water bottle.
ZSL's Zoo Nights: June - July 2019
We’ve teamed up with ZSL Zoo Nights to encourage their visitors to ditch plastic water bottles and say #GoodbyeOceanPlastic. If you’re heading to this unique after-hours event at London Zoo, don’t forget to bring your refillable water bottle so you can refill at one of the drinking fountains. You’ll also have the chance to win an exclusive limited edition #OneLess refillable water bottle!
And while you’re there, be sure to visit the life-sized replica sperm whale, and hear all about marine wildlife, like sea turtles, and their struggle to survive in an ocean polluted by plastic.
Summer by the River: July 2019
In July, we ran a public workshop in Hay’s Galleria as part of London Bridge City’s ‘Summer by the River’ festival. Opposite London’s iconic skyline, over 60 people joined us to find out about the many alternative ways to keep hydrated in London this summer without buying needless plastic water bottles.
Tourists and Londoners heard about wildlife in our very own river Thames, and we also collected many musings on ‘what the ocean means to you’ as part of our creative ocean story table!
Mint Street Music Festival: July 2019
The Mint Street Music Festival is a single-use plastic free festival with live music, dance, art and food in Mint Street Park, London.
We’re joining them this festival season to celebrate all the ocean-friendly ways of drinking water in London including the drinking fountain they have at the festival!
FCO beach clean: July 2019
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have taken incredible action against single-use plastic and are now the first government department to join the #OneLess pioneer network.
This summer, we joined the FCO for a beach clean along the River Thames to collect and remove plastic litter, including plastic bottles. Information about the plastic litter we collected has since contributed to our long-term monitoring programme, which aims to further understand the extent of plastic bottle pollution in the River Thames.
Throughout the summer we will be hosting workshops, attending events and popping up around iconic landmarks across the city to encourage visitors to London to say #GoodbyeOceanPlastic by drinking water the London way.