ZSL London Zoo

London Zoo opened to the public in 1847 and houses a collection of 806 species of animals, making it one of the largest zoos in the UK. Other than the animals you’d expect to see, they also have a Reptile House, an Aquarium, Giants of the Galapagos, Komodo Dragons and a Snowdon Aviary, to name but a few. They are also opening ‘Land of the Lions’ in Spring 2016.


Despite the fact that I’m not crazy about animals being cooped up in zoos, I did really enjoy London Zoo. It’s really spacious, clean, nicely layed out with a wonderful selection of animals. It’s also very big! We didn’t see half the animals there and the children I was with (all five year olds) were tired with all the walking they did. But they all LOVED the animals and were fascinated with most things they saw and learnt. All the staff we met on the way round were really helpful and friendly which definitely adds to the experience. I think the only down side is the price, but if you made sure you spent the whole day there, you do get your money’s worth.

Address: Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY.

Website: www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo

Playground: There is a playground within the zoo which is probably aimed at children up to eight or nine years old. Lots for them to climb on, up and under!

Cafe: There’s one main restaurant and also food outlets around the zoo serving cold food and hot and cold drinks.

Toilets: Lots of toilets around the zoo so we didn’t have to wait long to come across another one! Clean, and no queues!

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: I don’t think we came across any stairs, so I would say it has good access for wheelchairs, prams etc although we didn’t visit the whole zoo.

Parking: There’s a large car park which was 5 minutes away from the entrance but it costs £14.50 for the day. There’s pay and display parking on the roads near by, and they cost £2.40 per hour, with a maximun stay of 4 hours.

Nearest Station:

Train: Camden Town.

Tube: Camden Town which is a 10 minutes walk. Or there’s Baker St which is a 20 minute walk or there’s a bus you can get on from there to take you to directly to the Zoo (274).

DLR: None.

Bus: A detailed map showing transport options is here: www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/visitor-information/directions-to-zsl-london-zoo.

Phone: 0207 449 6200.

Email: [email protected]


The zoo runs events every day including: feeding time, ‘freaky feely boxes’, ‘reptile touch tables’ , arts and crafts and birds of prey demonstrations. They also have seasonal events, for example, school holiday activities and a Saturday sketch group.

Tickets cost £22.50 per adult and £16.65 for children (3-15 years) – under 3’s are free. They do a family ticket for £68.04. These prices are for peak season.

Opening times are from 10:00 until 16:00/17:00 off peak season/peak season

Suitable for all ages!


Review by Jacks Williams.

Founder of MGF, Helen is a mum of four who spends way too much time on the interweb and not enough time in bed. She loves wearing her dressing gown, car boot sales and watching TV programmes featuring food. Her specialist subjects include 'how to overfill your car boot' and 'how to avoid dusting'. Follow her at Twitter: @Ginfund, Facebook: @MGFund, Instagram: @mummysginfund and online: www.mummysginfund.co.uk.