The ZSL London Zoo is a place of many firsts. Opening in 1828, it is the oldest scientific zoo in the world. It started the world's first Reptile house in 1849. In 1853 it opened the first public Aquarium (the term aquarium originated from here) and in 1881, the first insect house. It also opened the first children's zoo in 1938.
The zoo is located at the northern end of Regent's Park. After struggling for financial support in the 1980s it was announced that the zoo would permanently close in 1991. This created a groundswell of public support and contributions, allowing the zoo to undergo major renovations and replace cages with enclosures that better represent the natural environments of the animals.
Today the London Zoo has a collection of nearly 750 different species of animal. These are exhibited in numerous different exhibit areas. These include the Animal Adventure, Asian Big Cats, the Aquarium, Blackburn (Bird) Pavilion, B.U.G.S, Butterfly Paradise, Rainforest Life, Giants of the Galapagos, Gorilla Kingdom, Komodo Dragons and, opening in the Spring of 2011, Penguin Beach
The London Zoo is involved in breeding programs for about 130 different species. It relies entirely on entrance fees, donations, memberships and sponsorships for all of its support. You can enjoy free admission to the London Zoo if you have the London Pass.
For more information about the London Zoo as well opening times and admission charges visit their official website.
Facts For Your Visit
Get free entry with a London Pass
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Address: London NW1 4RY, UK
Phone: 020 7449 6200
Official Website: London Zoo
|Tube Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Northern Line||Camden Town||13 Minutes|
|Bakerloo Line||Regents Park||20 Minutes|
|Circle, Bakerloo, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Harmmersmith & City Lines||Baker Street||30 Minutes|
How to get to London Zoo and Aquarium by Tube
From Camden Town Station exit to your right and at the next crossroad bear left onto Parkway, follow it all the way to Prince Albert Road, go right and then left through the first gate just past the parking lot. Follow the pathway to the Outer Circle and go right following it west to the Zoo Entrance.
From Regent's Park Station simply follow the Outer Circle north along the east and then north edge of the park until you arrive at the Zoo entrance
From Baker Street Station take the #274 bus to Ormonde Terrace or, if you don't mind a 30 minute walk mostly through Regent's Park, exit the station, go right, walk to the end of Baker Street, cross Park Road, go left onto the outer circle path and follow it to the Zoo's entrance which will be on your right.
Note:You can also access the Zoo via Regent' Canal which passes through it via The London Waterbus.
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Ratedout of 5
Friendly staff who enjoy talking about the animals. The zoo was quiet and relaxing when I visited. The cafe is great for coffee or a quick bite to eat.
Kerry Garrett - 6 days ago
our 3 year old had a amazing time, not cheap but remember to use the national rail 2 for 1 ticket offer. Cafe there is crazy overpriced so bring your own or eat before or after. Lovely and spacious pathways and lots of baby change and facilities for families
Heidi Samsoondar - 15 days ago
Brilliant place to visit. I would recommend if local to get an annual membership, that way you can see all the animals in all seasons and get the most from repeated visits :-)
Tumaini Tiger - 16 days ago
Great for kids and adult alike. Many animals to see and restaurants and food kiosks if you're feeling hungry. It would be much appreciated if the entrance fee can be reduced
Kamil Abdulsalam - 23 days ago
Great zoo. Good for the kids as well as adults, although I did expect a bit more interaction with the animals on the talks. But all they do is chat about them. Maybe I just need to lower my expectations and stop thinking what the American zoos are like.
Lloyd Bailey - 1 month ago