London Zoo: the 2020 guide

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What to see at London Zoo?

What to see at London Zoo?

The London Zoo (ZSL London Zoo) is located in the center of London, in the northern part of Regent's Park. This English zoological park - covering an area of ​​15 hectares - is home to around 20,000 animals belonging to more than 600 species.

It is one of the most frequented attractions for tourists traveling to London with Kids - it attracts several million visitors each year.

Strollers are permitted and available for hire.

The history of London Zoo

Founded by the Zoological Society of London, the London Zoo (ZSL London Zoo) was originally intended for the scientific study of the animal kingdom.

When it opened on April 27, 1828, it collected animals from the former royal menagerie of the Tower of London: lions, tigers, bears and elephants from Africa and the territories of the former British Colonial Empire.

It then opens in:

  • 1849: the first house of reptiles
  • 1853: the first public aquarium
  • 1881: the first insectarium
  • 1938: the first petting zoo

It is also home to the UK's largest collection of poisonous snakes and reptiles.

Today, London Zoo participates in a species research and conservation program (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums - EAZA) and is home to more than 100 endangered species.

London Zoo is one of the oldest zoos and the oldest active scientific zoo in the world.

Visit London Zoo

The main attractions at London Zoo are:

  • The Land of the Lions: 3 routes over more than 2,500 m² as well as activities interactive with the zoo's veterinarians.
  • The Reptile House: snakes, lizards, frogs, toads and crocodiles!
  • The famous scene where Harry Potter knocks his cousin Dudley into a vivarium takes place at London Zoo! An informative plaque indicates where it was shot.

  • The Penguin Beach: a huge 1,200 m² swimming pool and observation bubbles to see them swimming underwater!
  • You can also attend the penguins meal - 2 times a day.

The Penguin Beach at London Zoo

But you will also come across giraffes, zebras, hippos, hyenas, tigers, spiders, exotic birds, insects, monkeys, butterflies, turtles, etc.

Due to their need for space, London Zoo is no longer home to large mammals such as elephants and rhinos. They were transferred to Whipsnade Zoo (ZSL Whipsnade Zoo) - North London.

Map of the zoo

Map of London Zoo

Download the map park plan before your visit and plan your route!

Plan a half-day (around 4 hours) visit to discover half of the zoo.

Restaurants

The London Zoo has 3 places to eat:

  • The Terrace Restaurant: wide variety of dishes prepared with local and seasonal products. It is located next to the souvenir shop and the exit to the zoo.
  • This restaurant also offers a panoramic view over London Zoo!

  • Animal Adventure Café: drinks, sandwiches and delicacies. It is located next to the children's area.
  • Aquarium Kiosk: drinks (cold and hot), pasta and delicacies. It is located next to the aquarium.

Souvenir shop

The London Zoo has a souvenir shop - accessible only to visitors of the zoo - offering products on the theme of animals: toys, stuffed animals, clothes, books, etc.

Accessibility

Much of the London Zoo is suitable for wheelchairs. The zoo also has toilets and parking spaces for people with reduced mobility (PRM).

Wheelchairs are also available for hire (by reservation).

Sleep at London Zoo

Since 2016, ZSL London Zoo Lodges - built in the immediate vicinity of the Land of the Lions - allows you to stay overnight at London Zoo.

This immersive experience is possible between the months of May and December, from £165 per person with:

  • dinner
  • breakfast
  • 3 hours of exclusive guided tour (outside zoo opening hours)
  • 2 days free entry to the museum (before or after your night)

London Zoo prices

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The ticket price for the London Zoo includes access to most shows and proposed activities:

  • Adult: from £26
  • Child aged 3 to 15: from £16.90
  • Child under 3: free
  • Senior (over 60) and other special rates: from £23.40

Ticket prices vary - by a few pounds - depending on the day of the week and the season.

Entry is free with the London Pass.

London Zoo opening hours

The London Zoo is open all year round:

  • From the beginning of September to the end of October:
    • every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • From late October to mid February:
    • every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • From mid February to the end of March:
    • every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • From late March to early September:
    • every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The last admissions take place 1 hour before closing.

Like many monuments, museums and attractions, London Zoo is closed on December 25.

Getting to London Zoo

The London Zoo is located in the northern part of Regent's Park - close to the Camden Town - at NW1 4RY, London.

To get there, 3 options:

  • Metro:
    • Northern line, Camden Town or Chalk Farm stop.
    • Bakerloo, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines, Baker Street or Queensway stop.
    • Bakerloo line, Regent's Park stop.
  • Bus: lines 88 or 274, Prince Albert Road stop.
  • Tourist buses:

Close to London Zoo

Take advantage of your visit to London Zoo to visit:

  • Camden Town
  • Camden Market
  • Madame Tussauds Museum
  • Sherlock Holmes Museum
  • Primrose Hill
  • Regent's Park