London Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in the capital and appeals to adults and children as a great day out.
The zoo is home to more than 700 different species from across the world and it is a major centre for animal welfare life, as well as a key tourist attraction.
London Zoo first opened in 1828 and is officially the world’s oldest scientific zoo. However, it is constantly developing and adding to its collection.
Visitors can enjoy getting close to many animals, including meerkats, penguins, macaque monkeys, lions, tigers, giraffes, anteaters, lemurs, hippos, komodo dragons, snakes, lizards and frogs, birds from every corner of the globe, arachnids and seahorses.
There are also special events during the day that provide more opportunities to interact with and discover more about lots of wonderful animals and the work done by the zoo.
Popular shows include Animals In Action – a fun event that introduces a whole host of inhabitants of London Zoo to the waiting crowds – as well as Mega Bugs Live (get up close and personal with some of London Zoo’s scariest creepy crawlies) and Giants and Dragon, a show devoted to the zoo’s unique inhabitants hailing from the Galapagos Islands.
Timings of each event can change, so be sure to double-check on arrival what the plans and locations for the day’s shows.
One of the most popular activities at London Zoo is the Adopt an Animal programme. For an annual fee visitors can adopt one of their favourite animals from their day at the zoo. Adoption packs include a certificate of adoption for their chosen animal, a photograph, information on their adoptee and its species, subscription to the Wild About magazine and a free zoo entry ticket for a return visit.
When to visit London Zoo
Open every day of the year except Christmas Day, London Zoo is operating by the Zoological Society of London and can be found at Regent’s Park in the cosmopolitan district of the City of Westminster.
Until the beginning of September each year, the zoo is open to the public between the hours of 10am and 6pm, with last entry at 5pm. However, as the autumn begins and the nights start to get darker earlier, closing time begins to draw in until in mid-December the zoo will close daily at 4pm.
How to get to London Zoo
Getting to London Zoo is straightforward as there are plenty of local transport links that serve the popular attraction.
London Underground Tube stations close to the zoo and Regent’s Park include:
Camden Town (Northern line)
Mornington Crescent (Northern line)
Euston (Northern and Victoria lines)
Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines)
Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines)
Great Portland Street (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines)
Regent’s Park (Bakerloo line)
Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Jubilee lines)
Edgware Road (Bakerloo line)
St John’s Wood (Jubilee line)
There are also national rail services that serve the nearby London Marylebone Station.