Despite being a busy and big capital city, London is surprisingly also an animal lover’s paradise – with lots of opportunities for encounters with animals large and small, wild and domestic. Here’s a quick rundown featuring a few of our top picks for those planning their trip to animal-friendly London:
An absolute haven for both young and old lovers of wildlife from all over the world, London Zoo is an exceptionally well-run zoological centre with almost 200 years of history at its heart. Charles Darwin was a fellow of the zoo, and as if that’s not recommendation enough, today the family-owned zoo houses around 20,000 animals across over 800 different species. Amongst this the most popular attractions include Penguin Beach, Gorilla Kingdom and the fantastic indoor Rainforest Life exhibit. Summer 2017 also sees the zoo go back in time to become home to Zoorasic Park, bringing visitors face to face with animatronic dinosaurs!
Find out more about London Zoo at the official website.
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium
As a result of a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign to create the UK’s first cat café, Lady Dinah’s is home to numerous friendly felines who will happily relax with customers wanting to enjoy a quiet cup of tea or coffee with cake or another sweet treat. The café is now so popular that it operates a strict bookings only policy. Options include ‘High Tea with Cats’ or a simple ‘Cats and a Cuppa’. For the traveller missing their own pet this could be a perfect pick me up during a trip to the capital. Why not book a visit whilst staying at the Park Hotel Kensington?
Discover how to arrange your visit at the Lady Dinah’s website.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is home to all manner of wildlife-centred exhibits, as well as being home to the yearly Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Inside the historic and architecturally impressive building, the tropical butterfly house is set to be a particularly popular exhibit for visitors this year. Guests can be sure for an eye opening and interesting visit which is both entertaining and educational, as well as accessible from your base at one of the top hotels near Earls Court. The National History Museum also offers free entrance, making it an ideal choice for those on a budget.
Find out more about the venue at the official website.
SeaLife London Aquarium
A hub of aquatic discovery and conservation, the SeaLife aquarium in London is comprised of many different aquatic zones including the impressive Shark Walk, letting their visitors get up close and personal with this underwater predator. An array of VIP experiences are available to help you to get even closer, with opportunities for exciting activities like snorkelling available on request. For anyone who’s ever wanted to see what lurks beneath the surface of the sea, this amphibious venue would be a hugely enjoyable day out.
Find out more about the SeaLife London Aquarium at the official website.