Sunset Safari

Things to do, Late openings
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Maggie and Molly enjoy an ice lolly in the sun
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Delve into after hours zoo-life and get the chance to see animal having dinner or bedding down for the night. A self-guided Safari Trail will lead you through a packed schedule of feeds and wild talks, performances in the Theatre of Life will reveal fascinating insights into unusual animal behaviours and once darkness has fallen you can relax with some live acoustic music in Safari Base Camp. A world food market will provide dinner for any hungry humans.

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Tastemaker

What a lovely way to visit the zoo and see the animals.


The sunset safari is London Zoo's Friday evening / night event allowing visitors to see the animals in a less crowded environment whilst being able to enjoy drinks, street food and entertainment.


Featuring penguin feedings, the butterfly house, the spider 'hell', and the monkey, to name but a few, you can see the majority of the zoo without the daytime hoards of screaming children and school visits.


It is worth noting that the Gorilla enclosure is closed during the lates but most other areas are open. It is worth arriving early to ensure you get in quickly, as the queues build up long before the 6pm opening. It is also worth exploring the giraffe side of the zoo first before hitting the central food area after the initial rush has died down.


Well worth a visit, especially with the TimeOut Offers discounts.

Tastemaker

This is a great concept for a night out – food, drink, music, entertainment and zoo animals! When we arrived, there was a huge queue to get in… We were very concerned that we would spend most of the evening waiting on the street. However, we needn’t have worried. The queue moved very quickly once the gates opened and the entry staff did a great job of getting everyone in efficiently. By about 6:10pm we were in and soaking up the fantastic atmosphere! There were little pockets of entertainment, from people dressed as animals on stilts to live bands and Bollywood style dancers. The food was amazing – I would totally recommend the burgers with blue cheese, although exactly as the “Chef” said.. no ketchup allowed, it is burger suicide! There was a good selection of drinks and it was possible to walk around the animal enclosures with them (this felt a little strange to be honest!) Most of the zoo was open until 9pm when the animals bed down for the night. There was also a fantastic acrobatic show which would appeal to most ages, a few fairground style rides and face painting. All in all, a fabulous night suitable for the whole family. Will definitely be going back next year.

tastemaker

My boyfriend took me here for a surprise date night and it was perfect. We were able to get to the zoo just as it opened so could plan our evening around the Sunset Safari Specials, which included feeding, Q&As and meeting the animals. 


One word, PENGUINS. We made our way to the Penguin Beach first to catch the feeding, it's best to get there early as they're a popular bunch. They were on top form, especially Ricky the rockhopper penguin who pretty much stole the show. 


The rest of the zoo was just as much fun, we met the lovely owls, spied lions in their new enclosure and helped train some pigs, to name a few things. There are plenty of food market stalls, and a number of places to buy booze at typical London prices. And if you get bored of the animals, if that's even possible, there's also live music at Base Camp. The zoo is big however, you'll be hard pushed to fit everything in before it closes at 10pm - so wear comfortable shoes and start exploring!


I do like Sunset Safari but i'm starting to think 3 years in a row might be too much. It was good when it first launched (especially pre kids!) but the novelty of fairly expensive drinks in the zoo has worn a bit a thin. It is admittedly less crowded than a usual weekend, but you have to be aware that the animals start to go to bed from 9 so you have a couple of hours to fit prime animal viewing in. Also gorillas are asleep so no gorillas for you :( 


The street food is lovely, but nothing that can't be found at Street Feast etc. For newbies i thoroughly recommend London Zoo lates, espech if you can get a discount, but for me I think this year was my last.


I do recommend checking out the new lion enclosure though- they have made it look pretty damn neat!

tastemaker

I love the Zoo, always have always will. And so when I heard about the opportunity to experience it in the evening, a bit pissed, of course I went. It's great and they put on a big effort clearly, with street food stalls and bars dotted around the place. You can enjoy your penguins with a prosecco in hand, or the babboons while enjoying your burrito. All that said, it lacks a little of the fun of the zoo. The queues can be quite long, the drinks are not cheap, and there's nothing like 5 blokes with manbuns updating their Instagram with ironic photos of iguanas to kill your buzz. The zoo is meant to be silly and, while a decent night out, it turns out adults being the vibes down a little.