Zone 1 is where the wild things are, at our world-leading zoo in the park
Situated in Regent’s Park since Queen Vic was about, these zoological gardens have been entertaining visitors of all ages. However, it’s only in the past couple of decades that the London Zoological Society has overhauled the place into something truly spectacular. As well as ensuring animal welfare and supporting conservation worldwide, the 36-acre park has also been rebuilt to make an incredible experience out of the animal encounters.
The staff here are always thinking up innovative ways to show off the creatures’ natural habitats and routines. Take the South American coastline, which has been recreated especially for the lively penguins, who you can watch waddling about or diving from the surrounding benches or through the windows in the side of the tanks. There’s also an African-esque kingdom for the gorillas, and a mini settlement called Gir Lion Lodge, where you can stay the night (seriously) near the Asiatic lions. A night in one of these sweet little huts will set you back £438 for two adults, which includes a two-course dinner, a full English in the morning, free parking at the Zoo (something that’s unheard of in the Camden borough!), an after-hours tour and a complimentary drink on arrival .
Elsewhere you’ll find a huge, living indoor rainforest inhabited by brave sloths, armadillos, monkeys and more, who have no qualms about getting up close and personal with you. Don’t worry, the keepers are always on hand to put a stop to any critters with too much confidence. The ring-tailed lemurs are also a cocky bunch, running along ropes right in front of your eyes.
The Tiger Territory, which opened a few years ago to house two critically endangered Sumatran tigers, 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.
VIDEO: The Gir Lion Lodge at London Zoo
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|Opening hours:||For 2017: Apr 1-Sep 3 10am-6pm; Sep 4-Oct 20 10am-5.30pm; Oct 21-29 10am-5pm; Oct 30-Feb 19 10am-4pm. Last entry one hour before closing.|
|Transport:||Tube: Camden Town/Regent’s Park|
|Price:||Online from £24.30, £21.90 concs, £18 children, under-threes free.|
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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!
Poor Customer Service
We booked 2 x adult tickets, plus tickets for our young children, to attend Sunday 8th of January, however due to unforeseen circumstances, we cant go. Customer services at London Zoo were extremely unhelpful, constantly referring to their terms and conditions, and repeating that the tickets are non refundable. £60 down the pan!!!. And when we complained, it went from bad to worse. Legalistic and corporate!!! Terrible experience, and certainly not the ethical charity they make out. AVOID!!!!
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.
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!