London Zoo

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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.

See our guide to London Zoo

Venue name: London Zoo
Contact:
Address: Outer Circle
Regent's Park
London
NW1 4RY
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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Niomi H
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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
Tastemaker

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
Tastemaker

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!

Daniele T
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...

SMcFly

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.

miha

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 :)

PS

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.

Aline

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.

Melly

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.

Filipa

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!