London Zoo

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Sumatran Tiger in Tiger Territory
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Golden headed lion tamarin © ZSL
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Pygmy Hippo

Christmas at London Zoo © ZSL
Regent's Park

The Zoo, which opened to the public in 1847, covers 36 acres. It's home to more than 760 animal species, many of which are endangered – your entry fee contributes to ZSL London Zoo's conservation projects across the globe.

A paradise pad for the pygmy hippos complete with heated pools and landscaped gardens has become the home of 17 year old Thug and his 19 year old girlfriend Nicky. They have joined the giraffes, zebras and hunting dogs in the zoo’s Into Africa exhibit. In 2013, the zoo opened Tiger Territory, a £3.6m Indonesian-inspired habitat designed to meet all the sensory needs of its inhabitants, including newest zoo arrivals Jae Jae and Melati, a pair of Sumatran tigers. It joined other recent highlights such as 'Gorilla Kingdom', where you can get surprisingly close to the zoo's colony of Western Lowland gorillas, and the penguin habitat, where you can enjoy feeding time for the colony of Macaroni and Humboldt penguins. 'Rainforest Life' recreates a tropical forest, in which are hiding Red Titi monkeys, marmosets, tamarins and sloths. It leads down to 'Night Life', filled with nocturnal creatures including scorpions and the slender loris (a tiny sad-eyed primate). The Zoo's butterflies are housed in a giant caterpillar-shaped walk-through haven. Visitors to Butterfly Paradise can spot more than 30 different species including delicate glasswing butterflies and giant atlas moths.

The lemurs were treated to a habitat makeover earlier this year, and their new sun-filled pad is a walk-through exhibit, allowing humans to get up close and personal. The boisterous troop is made up of 16 handsome bachelors. See if you can spot the black and white ruffled odd-one-out against the 15 ring-tailed look-alikes. Also new for 2015 (opening May 23) is In with the Spiders, a walk-through exhibit which sees visitors coming eye-to-eyes with the eight-legged creatures.

Across the site, regular events include 'animals in action' displays, feeding sessions, keeper talks and the glorious sight of birds in flight on the display lawn. There are also plenty of cafés and picnic spots, and the zoo offers educational and craft activities, as well as an ongoing programme of exhibitions exploring science and conservation.

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Venue name: London Zoo
Address: Outer Circle
Regent's Park
Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5pm)
Transport: Tube: Camden Town/Regent’s Park
Price: £24, £17.50 children, free under-threes
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  • Exhibitions Until Sunday February 28 2016
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  • Friday March 25 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016
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Adam G
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A really good day out!

Tickets aren't cheap but there is more than enough in the zoo to keep you busy for a whole day. A great selection of animal enclosures including an aquarium and reptile house. My personal highlights were the Tiger feeding, the Penguin show and the Gorillas. Food and Drinks are expensive but thats to be expected at such a big London attraction. I would recommend the Sblended milkshake bar, selling animal themed milkshakes with flavours such as 'Lion Bars', 'Penguin Bars' and 'Malteasers (Malt-Ant-Eaters)'

If you leave early enough you should definitely consider leaving via the boat ride which leaves from the north side of the zoo, it can be very busy but well worth it!

Niomi Harris
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A lovely day out for the whole family. I went with my boyfriend for my birthday and we had an amazing time. At £27 each, it was a tad pricey, but it's not so bad considering there's so much to see and you'll be in there for hours- give yourself at least 5 if you want to see everything. Highlights include the 'Into Africa' section (where the giraffes seemed more than happy to pose for pictures!) the walk-through Lemur enclosure and the penguin beach. Disappointingly, there were no Lion's as a new exhibit is being built for 2016 and if you're unlucky enough to catch the Tigers after they've had their lunch, they'll probably be asleep! If the weather is good, this is the perfect place to while away a sunny day- but be sure to wear comfy shoes!

Laura B
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I'm not entirely sure how I feel about zoos - especially this one as I don't feel the large animals have enough space to move. Am not convinced the tigers could even get to full pace in their enclosure which saddens me (or certainly not for more than a couple of paces). Also, no lions there at present - their enclosure is being rebuilt to open in 2016. Saw some animals pacing but the place is well maintained and would take a full day if you take your time and have a leisurely lunch. Feels relatively small but takes more time than you think. 

ashley c
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Fantastic way to spend a day! I was originally a little taken aback at the ticket price, but it turns out it actually felt worth it. A full day can easily be spent here wandering around the animals. The number of interactive/walk through exhibits is great and the new baby sloth is super cute, though hard to spot!

Tom Bruce

London Animal Prison is, unequivocally, the best place to pay almost £30 see wild animals in their unnatural habitat. Trapped in tiny enclosures a fraction of the size of the territory that they would normally roam, the menagerie of vibrant, extraordinary creatures lounge around waiting for food to be thrown at them by minimum wage workers, because there is literally nothing else to do! Waited on hand and foot, these magnificent specimens - which run the gamut of evolutionary possibility, from dung beetles to gorillas to giraffes (and a few other sorts too) - can be photographed interacting with one another in a way which is totally unrepresentative of how they might behave in the environment that they have adapted, over millions of years, to survive in. In-fighting, health problems, and depression are common, though trained veterinarians are on hand to alleviate symptoms well enough to meet animal welfare standards and keep the money coming in. But these animals are given food daily so they don’t have to starve like in the jungle, although if it's given to a predator then it's usually already dead, which means there is no chance for it to practice its play and hunting skills. Furthermore, there are visitor information signs telling the public how endangered these animals are, and that the world is full of pollution now, so London Animal Prison's incarceration of wildlife is completely fine. Preferable, even! If the animals could speak, they'd have nothing but praise for the place and the wardens who run it. 

Although nobody has conducted an official survey, the vast majority of London Animal Prison's population would probably state their utmost gratitude for the millions of visitors they receive each year. Having so many admirers must be a wonderful thing. Usually, a total lack of keeper supervision means that your kids can rap on glass panels - a dominant feature of most animal inmate's cells - for hours on end while you document the event on a smart phone. But when the savage monkey/tiger/sloth strikes back against the bulletproof, three inch thick glass, you'll be glad it's there, and you'll be right to condemn the bestial behaviour of the savages that tried to lay a paw on your boy and made him cry. "They deserve to be locked up!", you would be correct in saying. 

Watching the tigers drag themselves from their sleeping dens to gnaw on chunks of mangled flesh is a stimulating experience, and really gets the bloodlust going. Their majesty and prowess in walking slowly over to a hunk of meat is awesome to behold, even in their lethargic state, which has been brought on by enduring years of captivity and the same boring routine day after day, for as long as they have lived; they are in a true ‘winter of the mind’, and expert zookeepers ensure that the only release will be a slow death drawn out agonisingly through the use of stringent medical procedures and medication plans that are not in the least bit in keeping with the 'realistic', 'natural' conditions that a tiger should be in, but which London Animal Prison insists it is. It is basically nature, only safer! 

No doubt you and your family will be hungry after witnessing the beasts at why not head on to one of London Animal Prison's visitor-only canteens, where dead animals are served for incredibly low prices. You will find to your delight that the value of life is much, much less when the living creature isn't endangered and there are billions of them all about the place. Tuna fish, pigs, chickens, and cows are all on the menu - none of those are in London Animal Prison though, possibly because they'd be boring to watch. But because they are out of sight they are out of mind! And remember, the animals you eat were not meant to be in a zoo or cared for by vets - they were bred to be eaten, so stop worrying about it! Besides, they spend their miserable little lives in much larger facilities with all of their friends and don't have to share with any other species like the reptiles and monkeys and birds at London Animal Prison do. It's fine. It's all fine. 


There are zoos in every major city, but this one is my favourite. So many events for children and late nights for adults. Perfect place for a date and you get to explore and learn. Must visit!


London Zoo is an iconic attraction in the capital. It's pretty cool when you think that at your desk in Soho, you're less than 3 miles from a Tiger. 

No one can deny, it's a great day out. I was even lucky enough to go to Zoo Lates when that ran – but can understand why that quickly went away, as having a party in the complex isn't really fair on the animals. They need their time out too! 

The place is pretty big, so expect a good 5 hour + walk to really get the most out of seeing the animals. They are well looked after and ZSL staff are very informative and trained, which gives you a bit of comfort. 

Having said that, having a Zoo in the capital is nostalgic and pretty cool. And I'm very grateful. As long as some of my money goes to the welfare of the animals, I'm happy to spend the ticket price.

If you are one of those people that deem it a tad pricey, there are certain parts of Regents Park you can head to and still get a glimpse of the animals – Giraffes, Zebras, Penguins, Llamas, Deer and WartHog to name a few! Just donate some money to an animal charity if you go for this free option...

Emily A

One of my favourite places in all of London, feels like a real escape from the day-to-day.

Rita W

Best day out in London right in the heart of Regents Park, outside the congestion charge area. sooo much to do.

Anna R

I love London Zoo, it's the best place to be in London! Lots of fun for all the animal lovers both old and young. I go there at least once a year and it never gets boring.


Ticket prices seem expensive but you definitely get your moneys worth.  Our day was full of interesting things to see and learn. We only left when the zoo was closing.  Food and drink prices very expensive though, so take your own sandwiches!

Staff Writer

Great place to spend a whole day with children. Particularly recommended the daily animal show near the entrance with vultures flying over your head...


Worth getting a season ticket so you can pop in without thinking about it.

Laura V

Lovely zoo, quite small but nice. My main gripe was the ridiculous wastage of photographs that they take of you on your way around the zoo. These are all printed and mounted... then displayed for sale at the Zoo exit. We even asked them not to print it as we didn't want it. This is such a huge waste and really unnecessary.

Joanne Hardy

I have been a visitor of London Zoo all my life. My first memories are of the gorgeous Guy the Gorilla. It is a wonderful day out for all ages. There are many opportunities to interact with the animals and wild life. The staff are very friendly and brilliant with the animals. There are several cafes and stalls to purchase food and drinks.


We spent a great day in London Zoo. It is really amazing with a lot of animals. Especially nice is part with pinguins. Price is a little bit high but it worth :)


I still love going here even though I am no longer a child!

steven evans

An excellent day out for the family ,very clean and staff helpful.Actually ran out of time to see everything so go early and try and work out the feeding times for the best action.

layla fletcher

From the moment you arrive you are spoilt for choice, I am obsessed with Penguins but I like to take my time and work my way around enjoying all what there is to see. I like going in the colder months when there are less people. The monkeys really interact with you when there is less of an audience. And the meet the Penguins experience is amazing, I love the fact that they waddle over to say hi when and if they feel like it. Great for all ages

Beki Lacy

I love London Zoo! I came here a little while back and I'm passionate about animals so love going to any kind of zoo. What I really love about London Zoo is seeing how good the staff there are, they all clearly love their jobs and really care for each and every animal in their zoo -to me, this is a very important part of a zoo and for animals in captivity. Slightly on the pricey side for a ticket but I don't mind paying when I know the money is going to a good cause, helping the animals.


I love the London Zoo. It is very well located right next to the Regents Park. Inside the zoo has a lot of green areas so you could go and have a picnic with your family and friends. They have a big range of animals from all over the world. My favorite part was the butterfly house. You can actually go inside and walk around a lot of butterflies flying all over the place. Amazing experience. Really nice and colorful birds, tigers, lions, gorilla, giraffe, camels, cute mearcats, and much more!!

Claire Cook

Yes this zoo is expensive but when you look into the big brown eyes of the male gorilla - well that is just priceless. The conservation work that this zoo contributes to animals all over the planet, makes this day well worthwhile and educational. My 5 year old daughter particularly enjoyed the butterfly's and the penguins. Great family day out.


Though rather expensive a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Especially the aquarium, the reptile house and the new tiger territory are worth having a look at.


London Zoo is a fun, cheerful place to spend your afternoon, specially if you bring children along! I went there with my little sister and we both had a blast!