London Zoo is the perfect place for a day out in the city. It doesn’t matter if it’s a trip for the whole family, a date for two or a rendezvous with old friends – it’s ideal for any occasion. Right in the heart of London, you will get to see tigers, gorillas, penguins, fruitbats and more – embrace your wild side.
Located at NW1 4RY, the zoo is very easy to get to and would make an excellent addition to any itinerary. It’s actually in Regent’s Park, which makes locating the park quite easy. Here is absolutely everything you need to know about a trip to London Zoo.
The zoo opens and closes at different times throughout the year. For help planning your trip, here’s when you can expect it to be open for the rest of 2015.
Until 6 September 2015 – opens at 10am, closes at 6pm
Until 23 October 2015 – opens at 10am, closes at 5:30pm30pm
Until 1 November 2015 – opens at 10am, closes at 5pm
From 2 November 2015 – opens at 10am, closes at 4pm
Please note: last entry for the zoo is one hour before closing time. The zoo will be closing at 5pm Wednesday, May 20th.
Deals and tickets
The ticket prices for London Zoo are as follows:
Adult – £22.50
Children – £16.65
Under 3s go free
Online family deal:
If you buy a minimum of two adult and two children’s tickets or one adult and three children’s, you can save on your overall ticket price. In addition, every child ticket you buy will receive a ten per cent discount. You can also buy a guide book and a special kids’ guide for £6 each – this will help you navigate the zoo and find out when the best shows are taking place.
If you are booking as a group of ten or more, you are eligible for a discount of 25 per cent. See the official site for more details.
Meet the animals
Of course, the highlight of any zoo is the animals and London Zoo is home to some of the most exotic, fearsome and bizarre creatures on this green earth. The zoo is split into multiple different enclosures depending on the beasts that dwell within. Here’s what you can expect to find on your trip:
Gorilla Kingdom – see a colony of incredible African gorillas interact in a rainforest environment. Keep an eye out for Kumbuka, the leader of the pack – we doubt you’ll miss him.
Tiger Territory – many flock to see these fearsome beasts and consider this part of the zoo to be their favourite enclosure. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows in place, you can come face-to-face with one of nature’s most dangerous, but beautiful creatures.
Penguin Beach – see these happy birds interact with their keepers in this special breeding colony.
Rainforest Life – animals that thrive in the humid conditions of the rainforest live here – expect sloth, monkeys, armadillos and much more besides.
Into Africa – step onto the soil of the world’s wildest continent and see giraffes, zebras, okapis, warthogs and African hunting dogs, among others.
Reptile House – walk through this special enclosure and lay eyes on snakes, frogs and lizards from all over the world.
Other guests worth a mention: Komodo dragons, otters, meerkats, Galapagos Tortoises, lemurs, hippos, monkeys and alpacas.
What’s in the shop?
Here you can buy all-manner of animal memorabilia to remember your fantastic day out at the zoo.
Parking near London zoo
There is in fact a car park within the zoo, and you can get to this through the zoo’s main gate. This is accessible via the Outer Circle of Regent’s Park NW1 – this is outside of the congestion zone.
The car park is called Gloucester Slips Car Park and you can pay on the day. To park a car, it will cost you £14.50 for the day. If you are visiting on weekends or during the school holidays, expect the car park to be very busy with other cars, coaches and buses.
There are a number of easy options for getting ZSL London Zoo from the Park Grand Kensington hotel, but we’ve summarised the quickest and easiest for you. Turning right out of your hotel, walk down to Earl’s Court London Underground station and catch the Piccadilly line (dark blue) towards Leicester Square. Here, you will need to change onto the Northern line (black) and take it northbound towards Camden Town station.
Turn left down Camden High Street until you come to Parkway on your right. Turn here and follow this straight down until it merges onto Prince Albert Road (this is a slight right turn that will put Regent’s Park on your left. Follow the road on until you get to The Broadwalk path – turn left here and walk straight down to the zoo. The whole thing should take you around 50 minutes.
A great day out
London Zoo is right in the heart of West London, which means it is close to some of the best attractions in the city. After your day of animal fun, you can head down to Westminster to see where a different kind of animal dwell, the UK’s politicians – just kidding! But on a serious note, this part of the capital is home to Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Horse Guards Parade and Westminster Cathedral.