Zone 1 is where the wild things are, at our world-leading zoo in the park
Since the Victorian times, the zoological gardens in Regent’s Park have amused and enlightened visitors of all ages, but in the past 15 years the Zoological Society London has changed the proposition here beyond recognition. Gradually the 36-acre park has been rebuilt to support conservation, ensure animal welfare and to make your animal encounter a more inspiring experience.
It’s no longer about cages and snoozing animals hidden in the leafy distance – now you can walk through a special enclosure for ring-tailed lemurs and watch them run along ropes right in front of you, or step into a spider enclosure with some of the creepiest crawlies on earth, and, new for 2016, you can pass through the Land of the Lions and get closer than ever before to the world’s most feared predators.
From the recreated South American coastline of Penguin Beach to an African setting for Gorilla Kingdom, to the nocturnal galleries of the Rainforest Life pavilion, everything is designed to show off the birds and the beasts at their best without disturbing their daily habits.
Indeed, the Tiger Territory enclosure, which opened only a couple of years ago to house two examples of the critically endangered species of Sumatran tiger, must have done a great job of making them feel at home because Jae Jae and Melati have had three cubs since they’ve been here.
This is as wild as wildlife gets without putting you at risk of being their next meal. Daily events include talks and feeding times, but there are also one-off events throughout the year, including ‘Sunset Safari’ openings on summer evenings.
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|Opening hours:||For 2016: Mar 25-Sep 4 daily 10am-6pm; Sep 5-Oct 21 daily 10am-5.30pm; Oct 22-30 daily 10am-4pm; from Oct 31 10am-4pm. Last entry one hour before closing. Closed Dec 25.|
|Transport:||Tube: Camden Town/Regent’s Park|
|Price:||Online from £24.25, £21.80 disabled/over-60s/student, £17.60 under-16s, free under-threes.|
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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!
It's such a fantastic experience, you can get so close to the animals. There's always something different to see every time we visit.
Good educational contents and the animals are adorable. Staff are always on hand to explain queries to customers.
An iconic institution in Central London with the opportunity to get up close with various species of animals. Any visit to the zoo helps ZSL with their conservation work throughout the world
If you've got young kids, chances are they're gonna have a great day at London Zoo. Easily the best London Zoo that doesn't require a trip to Dunstable. Which is no bad thing in itself. I especially like the Penguins and the small monkeys.
Venture to the back where the small monkey's live for a crazy clock with mechanical people doing all kinds of stuff!
I haven't been to London Zoo since they kept the big cats in small cages so I was pleasantly surprised to find how much it had changed. The Lions now have a wonderful enclosure called The Land of the Lions and it is themed as an indian village. The three walkways give you a good chance of seeing the pride but are not intrusive to the animals. Another revamped enclosure is Tiger Territory and we were lucky enough to see the new baby tiger cubs on our visit. In fact most of the exhibits seem to have been updated with maybe the exception of the Aquarium and the Insect House (but then how fussy are fish and insects about their environment?). The penguins now have a much nicer enclosure and its design allows visitors to see them both out and in the water. It is a little pricey to get into the Zoo but there is enough there to keep a family busy all day and there are many interactive things for children to do. Well worth a visit!
Best day out in London right in the heart of Regents Park, outside the congestion charge area. sooo much to do.
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!
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.
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 :)
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.
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
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!!
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!