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 – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 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
Not as good as Chester Zoo but then no where is. Still an excellent collection. Easy to get to by tube and a pleasant place to be. Great enclosures for lions and gorillas with a good focus on education.
Ian Abbinnett - 1 day ago
Decent day out only real disappointment was it seemed lots of animals we couldn’t find in their enclosures. So value for money didn’t seem worth it but on the flip side if the money goes to animal conservation then I don’t mind.
aron hunt - 2 days ago
The zoo is looking a bit dated with many of the exhibits looking quite dirty. The birds were amazing. Being able to walk amongst them is lovely. Thanks to The glass you can get up close to The tigers and lions. Awe inspiring creatures. The food in the restaurant looked and tasted nice but was cold. There is a microwave for baby food that people were using to heat up their food orders. We enjoyed our time here until we were ready to leave Beware the car park. £14 And our car was broken into. Boot emptied and bags taken. Cctv didn't cover beyond the payment booth. Security were amazing and supportive when we contacted the police and we were able wait in the zoo office waiting for car to be recovered. Such a shame.
Samantha Nicholls - 18 days ago
Absolutely fantastic, the best zoo I have been to. Staff very friendly and knew what they were talking about. Enclosures some had glass so you could see clearly and in some sections the monkeys were roaming around with you. Penguins were fantastic too. Benches everywhere so you could enjoy the lunch you brought with. Highly recommended
Megan Oliver - 25 days ago