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ZSL London Zoo, London

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Opened in 1828, ZSL London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Housing nearly 755 species, with over 16,000 individual animals, this is one of the largest zoological collections in the entire country. This site is also noted for opening the first reptile house, public aquarium, insect house, and children’s zoo in the UK. Hundreds of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates are sheltered here, with several special areas spread across the park’s grounds. Don’t miss the Africa-themed section, with high-level viewing platforms providing a look into the world of zebras, warthogs, giraffes, and wild dogs. Beat the long entry lines by booking your tickets online. Make ZSL London Zoo part of your personalized London itinerary using our London tour itinerary maker .
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  • On a cold yet partially sunny day, we ventured to the Zoo. The small unassuming entrance should not dismay you. The greeters are cheerful and helpful. Once inside we had a limited amount of time so we...  more »
  • Entirely was okay, however, there were neither elephants nor bears. The food was overpriced and a complete rip off. The animals are largely good and however close to the look made and usually have well. But there are also old very run-down enclosure. You can go there, but must not.
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  • What a huge place, probably too much for the 4-5 hours we spent there. We tried to be selective and visit the places we wanted to, to coincide with any talks or feeding, but with a 6 year old in tow, ...  more »
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  • Really a great day out with friends and family. Animals are well looked after and seem comfortable in their enclosures. Shops situated all over... Best idea was the flip flop shop. Large assortment of snack shacks as well as a nicely put out restaurant.
  • I LOVE going to zoos in other countries and the London zoo was totally worth it. If you buy tickets online ahead for time you save something like 10%, which is awesome!!! It’s quite large, has a cool monkey part where you are inside with the monkeys. The lion setup is intricate and detailed and large. They have the same kind of walk in habitat for the Lemurs too! There are Pygmy hippos and the penguin habitat is the best I’ve ever seen. I even got a video of one just swimming and jumping all over the place. The wild dog habitat is very large and you can get very close with some low windows, very cool. When we went there were hundreds of schools kids and it was still fun! There’s an aquarium, tigers, bats, reptiles... fun for the whole family. We didn’t eat there, but there’s food options too for sure. I’m so happy we went!
  • AMAZING WORKERS WHO PUT GUESTS FIRST Came yesterday and Was looking for tigers with my little boy.I stopped a lovely young lady for directions who worked there.To my shock I saw she was crying but would not tell me what was wrong .She was so amazing and offered to walk us to the tigers despite her mood? which I was not expecting .she even gave us some information that we never even knew .We were very grateful and I felt as I wanted to thank her but assume she went home.when we were leaving to my shock she was still working and putting on a brave face.Very excellent and brave young lady.Cant wait to come back and hopefully see her much happier.
  • Wonderful place to visit for a family day out. Very kid friendly and with loads of different things to keep the little ones occupied. Their cafe has a very varied menu with healthy things on offer as well instead of just burgers and chips like most places.
  • Lots to see and lots to do. Quick entry even in peak periods. Really really busy inside though. Can barely move/see anything which is a huge shame. Terrible for those with buggies/wheelchair. Nowhere to sit when you're eating so you'll probably be standing up. Not enough lifts and they're almost all out of service. Not enough TOILETS. There's only ONE in the whole zoo, near the exit. Bare all of this in mind. Go early, avoid peak periods so you can walk slowly and enjoy the animals. Visit the farm animals if you have little ones, they're great.
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