"Do the Zoo" ZSL (Zoological Society of London ) London Zoo Tip by tvor

The London Zoo is another of the most expensive attractions in the city. At 20 pounds per adult during peak times, summer, weekends etc, it's a dent in the pocket book but somehow you don't mind as much since you know the money goes for the upkeep on the animals. There are senior rates and family rates as well.

We went on a sunny May saturday. The zoo was busy and many of the animals sleeping in the shade! That was a bit of a disappointment but we did see a fair number of them up and about as well. You takes your chances but earlier and later in the day are probably better times to go than mid day.

There are lots of outside enclosures but also many are behind glass and chain link fences that make taking photos a bit difficult but that can't be helped. The zoo covers a lot of ground so prepare to have lots of sit downs, either on benches or in a cafe. One thing we were disappointed in was that there were no elephants but they do have a few big cats and they have my other favourite, giraffes.

We had a chuckle at the otters and could have watched the little meerkats for hours. The old penguin enclosure was closed and a new one was about to open but was not yet so we didn't get to see those funny little birds. It should be open soon, though.

There is an expensive car park across the road from the entrance and down a little way though probably the best way to get there is by bus. The 274 stops outside the north edge, across the road by the canal and the C2 bus goes up Albany Street on the east side. C2 travels across from Victoria up into Camden. The stop at the top of Albany Street is still about a 10 or 15 minute walk to the entrance around the top of the park on the "Outer Circle".

Address: Regents Park, NW1
Directions: Camden Town or Regents Park tubes, then a longish walk
Phone: 0 20 7722 3333
Website: http://www.londonzoo.org/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 28, 2011
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