Take a walk on the wild side with these animal experiences at London Zoo


ZSL London Zoo is one of the finest zoos in the world, with an international reputation for excellence. Run as a branch of the Zoological Society of London, the zoo has established a series of great activities for animal lovers of all ages to enjoy. All of the options help fund the vital conservation work London Zoo undertakes and supports globally, making this a day out with a purpose.

Meet the Animals

Learning all about the day to day life of some of the most popular animals in the zoo, Meet the Animals grants access to the incredible wildlife living at London Zoo alongside an expert keeper to guide visitors through the experience.

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Become Keeper for a Day

The Keeper for a Day experience lets visitors step into the shoes of the expert keepers at ZSL, understanding what the role involves and of course getting closer to some of the amazing animals who reside at the zoo. A great option for animal lovers staying at the Grand Park London Paddington.

Become Junior Keeper for a Day

One for younger visitors, junior keepers can experience all the fun and excitement of becoming a keeper while learning more about the role. Know a budding zookeeper? This would be perfect for them to learn more about what a career in zookeeping is really like, direct from the people who do this every day. It’s a fun event to mark any stay at our boutique hotel Paddington London, but particularly well suited to a special occasion such as a birthday.

Try a Photography Workshop

Always wanted to know how to shoot incredible wildlife photography? Now’s the chance to learn all about how to capture the personality and unique features of the wildlife you photograph. With general and advanced classes available, there’s something for every level of expertise.

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Try Macro Photography

This exclusive photography workshop with renowned photographer Dave Stevenson is a unique experience for small groups of only five participants. It includes a meet and greet with a giant Galapagos tortoise to complete the session.

Macro Photography

Have a Bedbugs Sleepover

For a chance to experience the zoo in an entirely new way, young visitors aged between 7-11 years old are invited to stay at the BUG house, complete with a tour by torchlight. Breakfast, a morning tour and zoo access for the whole day are all included. If travelling with nature loving kids at Grand Park Hotel London Paddington, this would make a great treat.

Join the Friendly Spider Programme

Scared of spiders? Let the Friendly Spider Programme help cure you of your fear.  An afternoon course aimed at eliminating arachnophobia, the programme includes both cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnotherapy.

Join Junior Zoo Academy

Great for children from 8-10 years old who are interested in finding out more about the zoo, Zoo Explorers is a superb two-day course which includes games, challenges and plenty of zookeeper activities.