Sea Life After Dark

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SEA LIFE London Aquarium
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© Sea Life London Aquarium

Improve on a boring day at work with an exciting evening filled with turtles, sharks, crocodiles and rays roaming around you. Guests visiting the Sea Life aquarium after dark will be treated to a glass of prosecco on arrival before they make their way into the brilliant displays to discover Atlantic Coves and Pacific Wrecks. Sessions start at 6.45pm and 7.15pm and are suitable for those 18 and over. Visit the Time Out offers page to save on the ticket price.


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I was pleasantly surprised by the aquarium lates. Having been to the Zoo Lates in 2014, I was expecting a much busier, more crowded experience where I'd struggle to see the exhibits behind large drunken groups of visitors (I wasn't surprised when the zoo lates were discontinued). However, the Aquarium Lates were a much more peaceful experience. 

It was far quieter than on a normal day's visit, so I'd consider it good value compared to a usual ticket. There were no children, and the whole thing was extremely well-managed and calm. The aquarium was interesting, even though we missed the penguins' bedtime, and we particularly liked the well-positioned bar half way through so we could share a bottle of wine whilst relaxing by the tanks.  

It was March, so perhaps the summer events are busier, but as the event is inside I'd suggest booking for a less sociable time of year and enjoy the peace and quiet! 

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I love aquariums. I find them really peaceful and relaxing... apart from the screaming children who hog all of the exhibits. Luckily, Sea Life After Dark is a kids free zone.

Tonight was the first time I've been to the refurbished venue and it's pretty special. There is a lot of repetition but the glass floor and underwater walkway are pretty incredible. The climate changes to reflect the seas and oceans represented throughout the exhibit meaning you can be boiling hot in the Rainforest before getting a welcome chill when you step into the arctic. And that's before you mention the exciting new animals they have including two beautiful sea turtles.

If you attend these late events, be warned that the penguins' bed time is well before 7.30pm so you might miss them. And there may not be children per se but there may be load, drunk groups who cause a bit of a ruckus. 

Overall, it was a great night and I'm considering buying some kind of annual pass to this bankside attraction so I can take a stroll around and relax with the fishes after a stressful day.