First opened in 1828, London Zoo has been one of the most popular attractions in the capital for well almost two centuries. As the world’s oldest scientific zoo, it has a rich history of conservation, research and animal protection. In addition to offering scientific insights and species preservation, London Zoo gives visitors an unrivalled opportunity to see a variety of animals in spacious enclosures and outdoor pens.
Welcoming over 1 million people each year, London Zoo is routinely ranked as the top paid London attraction. With nearly 20,000 animals and a wide array of exhibitions and experiences to enjoy, many people who visit the Zoo return again and again.
Situated in Regent’s Park, the Zoo is perfectly situated for locals and tourists alike. With great transport links, you can hop on the Underground or a bus and make your way to the Zoo from almost anywhere in London.
Home to squirrel monkeys, tigers, penguins, giraffes, lions, lemurs, gorillas, pygmy hippos, otters, meerkats, zebras, okapis and gibbons, as well as a stunning array of birds, reptiles and insect life, it’s not surprising that the Zoo is one of the most popular London attractions.
Meeting the Animals
Visitors to the zoo are free to wander around and spend their time watching various animals, but there are also dedicated events and experiences to enjoy. With daily shows and talks, you can take the opportunity to learn more about the majestic creatures housed at the Zoo and you can even arrange to visit at feeding time for a closer look!
Penguin Beach Live! and Tiger Time are two of the most popular daily events, giving visitors the chance to see penguins gliding beneath the water and tigers playing in their enclosures. With dedicated experience sessions, you can also meet the monkeys, meerkats, penguins or giraffes at London Zoo. Visitors love the opportunity to enter the monkey enclosure and hand-feed the animals or step inside the VIP area of Penguin Beach and meet the colony of Humboldt penguins.
Evenings at the Zoo
Eager to give visitors the most innovative experiences, London Zoo opens its doors until 10 pm throughout the summer. With dedicated evening opening times, visitors are invited to explore the Zoo as they’ve never seen it before. Also featuring stand-up comedy, quizzes, acoustic music sessions, aerial acrobats, guided tours, world food markets and crazy golf, there is a variety of entertainment on offer, as well as the chance to watch evening feeding times for the penguins and giraffes.
Whether you’re heading to London Zoo solo, with friends or as part of a larger group, you won’t be disappointed. Globally recognised as one of the leaders in conservation, London Zoo ensures visitors can get a glimpse of rare and majestic creatures in a safe and hospitable environment. As a top London attraction, there is a high demand for tickets to the Zoo. Whilst you can queue for tickets on the day, you can also book in advance or pre-book your place at animal experiences and exhibitions.