How is the London Zoo

What to see at London Zoo

London Zoo (ZSL London Zoo) is located in central London in the northern part of Regent's Park. This English zoological park covers an area of ​​15 hectares and is home to around 20,000 animals, the more than 600 kinds belong.

It is one of the most visited attractions for tourists traveling to London with children - it attracts several million visitors each year.

Strollers are allowed and can be rented.

The history of the London Zoo

Of the Zoological Society of London founded, was the London Zoo (ZSL London Zoo) originally for the scientific study of the animal kingdom thought.

When it opened on April 27, 1828, it collected animals from the Tower of London's former royal menagerie: lions, tigers, bears and elephants from Africa and the areas of the former British colonial empire.

It then opens in:

  • 1849: the first reptile house
  • 1853: the first public aquarium
  • 1881: the first insectarium
  • 1938: the first petting zoo

It is also home to the UK's largest collection of venomous snakes and reptiles.

Today London Zoo is taking part in one Species Research and Conservation Program (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums - EAZA) and is home to more than 100 endangered species.

London Zoo is one of the oldest zoos and the oldest active scientific zoo in the world.

Visit the London Zoo

The main attractions at London Zoo are:

  • The land of the lions: 3 routes over more than 2,500 m² as well interactive activities with the zoo's vets.
  • The reptile house: Snakes, lizards, frogs, toads and crocodiles!

  • The penguin beach: a huge 1,200 m² pool and observation bubbles to see them swimming underwater!
  • You can also have the penguin meal twice a day.

But you will also come across giraffes, zebras, hippos, hyenas, tigers, spiders, exotic birds, insects, monkeys, butterflies, turtles, etc.

Due to the space it occupies, the London Zoo no longer has large mammals such as elephants and rhinos. They were taken to the Whipsnade Zoo (ZSL Whipsnade Zoo) - transferred to North London.

Map of the zoo

Download the map of the park before your visit and plan your route!

Plan a half-day visit (around 4 hours) to discover half of the zoo.


London Zoo offers 3 restaurants:

  • The Terrace Restaurant: Large selection of dishes with regional and seasonal products. It is located next to the souvenir shop and the exit to the zoo.
  • This restaurant also offers one panoramic view about the London Zoo!

  • Animal Adventure Café: Drinks, sandwiches and delicacies. It is located next to the children's area.
  • Aquarium kiosk: Drinks (cold and hot), pasta and delicacies. It is located next to the aquarium.

Souvenir shop

London Zoo has a gift shop - only accessible to visitors to the zoo - who offers products on the subject of animals: toys, cuddly toys, clothing, books, etc.


Much of the London Zoo is suitable for wheelchairs. The zoo also has toilets and parking spaces for people with reduced mobility (PRM).

Wheelchairs can also be rented (upon prior reservation).

Sleep in the London Zoo

Since 2016 ZSL London Zoo Lodges - in the immediate vicinity of the Land of lions built - allows you to stay overnight at London Zoo.

This immersive experience is possible between May and December, from £ 165 per person With:

  • dinner
  • breakfast
  • 3 hours exclusive guided tour (outside the opening times of the zoo)
  • 2 days of free admission to the museum (before or after your night)

Prizes for the London Zoo

London Zoo ticket price includes access to most shows and suggested activities:

  • Adult: from £ 26
  • Child ages 3 to 15: from £ 16.90
  • Child under 3 years: free
  • Seniors (over 60) and other special rates: from £ 23.40

Ticket prices vary by a few pounds depending on the day of the week and the season.

London Zoo opening times

London Zoo is open all year round open:

  • From the beginning of September to the end of October:
    • every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • From the end of October to mid-February:
    • every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • From mid-February to the end of March:
    • every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • From the end of March to the beginning of September:
    • every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The last recordings are made 1 hour before closing.

Like many monuments, museums and attractions, London Zoo is closed on December 25th.

How to get to the London Zoo

London Zoo is located in the northern part of Regent's Park - near the city of Camden - in NW1 4RY, London.

To get there, 3 options:

  • metro:
    • Northern Line, Camden Town or Chalk Farm stop.
    • Bakerloo, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines, Baker Street or Queensway stops.
    • Bakerloo line, Regent's Park stop.
  • bus: Lines 88 or 274, Prince Albert Road stop.
  • Tourist buses:

Close to the London Zoo

Make the most of your visit to London Zoo to visit:

  • Camden Town
  • Camden Market
  • Madame Tussauds Museum
  • Sherlock Holmes Museum
  • Primrose Hill
  • Regent's Park