Whether you’re staying in 4 star hotels in London as part of a romantic weekend away or are on an action-packed family trip, London Zoo is a great place to add to your itinerary. Located right in the centre of the capital, you can view animals from all over the world at one of the UK’s top attractions.
Opening in 1828, London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo before opening to the public almost two decades later. Today there are over 650 different species of animals living here and the zoo plays an important role in conservation.
Make sure you see…
London Zoo is packed with exhibits for you to explore, including some of the most endangered species on earth and unusual looking critters:
- Land of the Lions – Come face to face with the King of the Jungle as you’re transported to India through an interactive adventure.
- In with the Lemurs – Walk through exhibits are always a lot of fun, you’ll be able to get up close to sun loving lemurs here.
- Rainforest Life – Take a trip into the heart of rainforest here – including a nocturnal experience to see monkeys, sloth, armadillo, and more.
- Gorilla Kingdom – These beautiful gorillas are critically endangered but their power will still inspire you.
- Tiger Territory – One of the zoo’s most protected animals, Tiger Territory will give you a chance to see these creatures among the trees.
Events happening at London Zoo this summer
Every day the programme at London Zoo is filled with exciting talks and demonstrations that you’ll want to take advantage of. Make sure you catch the live performance of your favourite animal.
As well as the usual programme, London Zoo hosts special events too. If you’re in London when these are on they’ll make your visit even more special.
- History Tours – On selected dates each month you can take a unique tour around the zoo. Your guide will explain how the zoo helped inspire Charles Darwin, learn the history of the many beautiful buildings in the park, and much more. Afterwards you’ll be able to explore the rest of the zoo and the creatures that call it home. History tours will take place on the 17 and 18 June, and 8, 9, 22, and 23 of July.
- Zoo Nights – The zoo is a lot of fun during the day but imagine how much better it would be at night! Once the sun goes down this after-hours event will use stunning neon effects and host special performers, challenges, and more for you to get involved in. If that’s not enough they’ll be an array of street food vendors to keep you going too. Zoo Nights is held every Friday from 2 June to 14 July.
- Zoorassic Park – Not satisfied with the regular zoo animals? This summer something even bigger is coming to London Zoo – dinosaurs! While the details of this exciting experience are still under wraps it’s sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.
How to get there
A trip to London Zoo doesn’t mean lots of planning to get there, it’s located in Regent’s Park. If you’re heading here on the Tube, the Camden Town station is just a 15-minute walk away, and both Regent’s Park and Baker Street are within a 30-minute walk or you can hop on one of the regular bus services that pass the zoo.
When you’re staying at the Park Grand London Hyde Park, you’re just a 40-minute walk from the zoo or you can get on the Bakerloo line at Paddington Station, located just a stone’s throw away from your room.