The London Fountain Co. has been formed to bring beautiful drinking fountains back to the streets of London, using good design to inspire change and provide the infrastructure to help London shift to a more sustainable drinking water culture. The London Fountain Co. is an initiative of Jane Withers and Charles Asprey. Our hope is that our drinking fountains can be implemented across the capital and beyond, helping to provide the infrastructure needed to move away from plastic bottled water.

Photographs: Andy Stagg

“The Fleet” drinking fountain is currently installed in the V&A’s John Madejski Garden. Our second fountain will be installed in Thurloe Place opposite South Ken tube station this autumn, supported by South Kensington Estates.

We invite you to come and take a ‘first sip’!

CHARLES ASPREY is a publisher and arts patron. He runs an exhibition space in an award-winning building he commissioned on the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in London. He is co-editor of the arts quarterly PICPUS and Chair of the Grants Committee of the Henry Moore Foundation. 


Image: Charles Asprey next to his ancestor’s fountain in Caterham, Surrey. It was installed in 1890 by Charles Asprey and provided fresh water for the community. The lamp on top of the fountain was the first gas-lamp in the town.

JANE WITHERS is a leading design curator, consultant, and writer. Her studio works with public and private bodies to shape strategies, programmes and exhibitions that bring innovative thinking to social and cultural challenges. She has curated exhibitions and events at the Royal Academy of Arts and Victoria & Albert Museum among others. She has long been interested in water and the role design can play in shaping a sustainable future and this year is leading Water Futures, a year-long research programme focusing on how designers can engage with drinking water issues at A/D/O New York.

JANE WITHERS is a leading design curator, consultant, and writer. Her studio works with public and private bodies to shape strategies, programmes and exhibitions that bring innovative thinking to social and cultural challenges. She has curated exhibitions and events at the Royal Academy of Arts and Victoria & Albert Museum among others. She has long been interested in water and the role design can play in shaping a sustainable future and this year is leading Water Futures, a year-long research programme focusing on how designers can engage with drinking water issues at A/D/O New York.