ZSL London Zoo | Things to do

You can’t visit London and not go to London Zoo. It’s one of the most visited attractions in the whole of the UK with over 1.2 million paying customers a year. It’s a place that both adults and children can enjoy and it’s a good half a day activity. 

Situated right in the centre of London you get to enjoy Regent’s Park as you make your way to the entrance. 


Stepping into the zoo you soon forget that you’re in the city, it’s well spread out and doesn’t feel squeezed in and bustling like London can often feel like. 

The zoo itself has been open for almost 200 years which seems crazy, how London has changed in that time. 

You’ll find so many different animals from lions to monkeys, spiders to hippos but one noticeable absence is the elephants. They moved in the early 2000s to their sister zoo in Whipsnade so that they had a large area to enjoy and be happier.   

During the course of the day, they have different activities going on such as feeding of the animals, a penguin show, seeing birds of prey in action or being with the giraffes as they enjoy their afternoon tea. 

Depending on when you visit they will also have other themed events going on so there will always be something to keep everyone happy. 

Everyone has their favourite animal to look out for and let’s be honest being around animals brings a smile to anyone’s face…well unless they have 8 legs!!! 

The best way to make the most of your time at the zoo is to grab one of their maps and plan a route, this makes sure you don’t miss any animals and if you have young children you can find the toilets easily and in the hot weather, those welcome refreshment stops. 

Near the beginning of the zoo, you’ve got the shop and also a couple of places to eat. We found the food ideal and managed to grab some sandwiches for a pretty reasonable price. Just be warned that at peak times these will become very busy so try to plan accordingly. 

This is London so it’s quite an expensive place to visit, these are the current prices. 

Money Saving Tips

There are some things you can do to make it a little cheaper for you. The first is to book the tickets in advance, you can save around £5 per ticket. One time we visited we booked the tickets online at dinner the night before visiting. 

If you’re in London for a break get yourself The London Pass, this is a day ticket you buy for around £60 and it lets you into so many attractions for free, so if visiting many places this might save money. 

You can cash in Tesco Clubcard vouchers for discounted entry tickets, this will need to be done in advance but at the time of publishing for £2.50 Clubcard vouchers, you received £10 to spend at the zoo. 

If you have children it might work out better to have a packed lunch with you rather than buying in the zoo, you’re right in Regent’s Park which is full of endless possibilities to enjoy a picnic. 

For more information on ZSL London Zoo visit their website

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