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ZSL London Zoo, London

(3.1/5 based on 4,800+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our London trip generator to visit ZSL London Zoo on your trip to London, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I am against all types of Zoo... I wanted to make one in London in order to judge the treatment of animals, I would not say they are mistreated but a caged animal is necessarily a sad animal that is not in its place... I will never forget the look of this Gorilla behind his glass in a cage much too small for its imposing size... Finally it is only my opinion of in love with the animals in their natural environments.
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  • If this is London's premier zoo I hope there are no other's. The old indoor enclosure for Tapirs is, to my mind nothing like their natural habitat. I felt very sad for the animals and the gorilla encl...  more »
  • nice zoo and best zone is penguin lake.. you can barely see any lions or tigers at all and this is their main point in their advertising.. great for children.. nice shops also 
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  • Had an excellent few hours here yesterday. I'm not sure why there are quite so many negative reviews of this place - I think some people must come here with unrealistic expectations. Yes, it is small, it doesn't have wide open spaces of a safari park, and there are no elephants, but the zoo doesn't claim to have any of these things. Wide variety of exhibits and everything within easy walking distance, which is great especially if you have young kids. I thought the animals looked happy enough and very well looked after. Tigers and lions particularly impressive. The food from the restaurant was pretty good I thought and reasonably priced, especially when you consider that it's a tourist attraction in Central London. Parking was also free on Sunday near Primrose Hill but if you wanted to park on the street right outside the gates, it was around £5 for 4 hours, which is again very reasonable for London.
  • Got to the zoo fine. Parking spaces great although 14.50 for parking is a bit of a rip off. Walk into the zoo and it goes downhill from there. Try to find some place to eat. Nope its either you have an option of 3 sandwiches ham bacon or egg and cress. Being a vegan does not go down well. Only saw the penguin, giraffes, zebras and a good selection of fishes. All other enclosures seemed empty. Don't bother me as much but quite annoyed for my 4year old and 2 year old. They were quite excited to see all the animals.
  • Much improved since we visited 3 yrs ago. Meet the monkeys was awesome, sumatran tigers fantastic, all animals seemed to be happy within themselves. Good day out, restaurant & gift shop very reasonably priced considering central London location. Well done ZSL!!!!!
  • Children like zoos and they do contribute towards conservation of some species. But keeping large intelligent mammals like gorillas, big cats, elephants, bears etc behind glass screens for their entire lives, as innocent prisoners, to make money is not morally justifiable. They suffer. If you're happy to help that to continue, buy a ticket & have a nice visit!
  • Great day out with surprisingly good range of animals. To the untrained eye most animals seemed to have enough room so they did not seem overly caged. The restaurant was good too.