London boasts the largest aquarium in Europe – filled with 3,000 different types of marine life. It occupies the old GLC building at County Hall. This was shut down by Thatcher in the eighties and reopened ten years later with the Dalí Universe and Saatchi Gallery inside.
The London Aquarium has everything from ponds, rivers and tropical seas, to coral reefs, swamps and open-tank beaches. The whole thing is spread over three floors with numerous tanks and information displays.
The highlight is a fish tank that is several stories high, filled with creatures from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. You can see the sharks and stingrays glide between Easter Island-style stone heads. A spiral staircase surrounds the entire exhibit so you can view the structure from top to bottom.
Drummerboy – “I went to the London Aquarium a few years ago but it’s completely changed now. It’s all decked out like a rainforest with life-size trees inside. The floor is all spongy soft and looks like twigs, so its feels like you’re walking across the forest floor. The artic section has got walls that look like ice tunnels, and they’re turned the temperature down to minus 200 degrees. At the end is a little glacier beach where the penguins live – it’s like something you’d find at a zoo… continued.”
parloman – “Worth a visit if you're planning on going the London Eye like we were, as it's only next door. It's quite dark inside but there's lots of interesting stuff. I had to stand in front of the big 2 story tank for an hour while my kid was looking at it. They ha… read the full review”