Sea Life London Aquarium

London Aquarium at County Hall
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London Aquarium address and telephone

Address:
London Aquarium is located at: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo,
London SE1 7PB
England
Telephone:
You can contact London Aquarium on Work +44 (0) 871 663 1678
Website:
The London Aquarium website can be visited at www2.visitsealife.com

London Aquarium opening times and ticket price

Opening hours:
London Aquarium is open to the public from: During school term: 10 AM to 7 PM (Mon-Fri); 9 AM to 7 PM (Sat-Sun) – During school holidays: 9 AM to 7 PM (Mon-Sun); Last entry 1 hour before closing
Time required:
A typical visit to London Aquarium lasts 2 hours (approx)
Ticket cost:
The entry price for London Aquarium is: Adult price £24.50; Child cost £18.10 (3-15); Infants free entry (under-3)
Visiting hours and admission charges are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm entrance fees and whether it’s open to visitors before booking tickets and making plans to visit London Aquarium

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The London Aquarium is the largest aquarium in Europe, filled with 3,000 different types of marine life from ponds, rivers and tropical seas, to coral reefs and rainforest swamps.

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Craig’s review of the London Aquarium

This review originally appeared in his London blog

I’ve always had a soft spot for aquariums, and I could quite happily sit in front of a fish tank and watch them swimming round and around for hours (well… maybe five minutes). There are quite a few of them in London, but the Sealife London Aquarium is easily the biggest and the best. (The other ones are at London Zoo, Chessington World of Adventures, plus a little one underneath the greenhouse at Kew Gardens.)

Walk across the top of the shark tank

It begins with a walk across the top of a shark tank. I’m always very careful to check the glass for cracks beforehand because you can never be too careful. These are sharks we’re talking about, remember – and they’re not going to give you a ten-second head-start to get out. They will just come straight for your legs and bite them off. If the worst happens and the glass cracks then try and drag a few kids in with you, and hopefully the sharks will go for them instead.

After that you have to make an obligatory stop against a green screen so they can flog you some photos of your face in the shop, followed by some little fish tanks filled with jellyfish and seahorses.

Fish tank at the London Aquarium

The first big tank that you come across is an open-top pool full of flatfish. You used to be able to stick your hand in and try and touch them, but I guess the fish complained because you can’t do that anymore.

The fish tanks that come next are absolutely colossal, filled with mountainous slabs of rocks and towering columns of stone.

Easter Island heads at the aquarium

One of them has three huge Easter Island heads in it. The tank that I’m looking at right now must have a thousand fish in it – at least. It has hammerhead sharks and a flatfish with a six-foot wingspan, plus a cow-sized turtle swimming around.

I could stand in front of this tank all day and watch them swimming round and round. There don’t seem to be very many rules of the road, I’ve noticed. There are big swarms going clockwise, but then a shark comes smack through the middle of them and scatters them all around the rocks. It’s as if he’s driving the wrong way down a one-way street, but I suppose when you’re a shark you can do whatever you like.

Then you go through an underwater tunnel looking at the flatfish sailing over your head.

Underwater tunnel and the shark tank

Then it’s on to the biggest tank of all. It’s two stories tall and stuffed full of sharks– the proper kind that will bite your head off given half a chance. It’s difficult to count exactly how many there are, because the blighters won’t stand still, but three of them are the real deal – extras from the movie Jaws. And they don’t look too happy either.

Then come the coral reefs and tropical tanks. Some of the fish in these are so brightly coloured that they must have been down the hairdressers to get their skin dyed – they’re all purple and pink and sunshine orange. They look as if they’ve been charged up with electricity, with lightning blue lines down their side.

Inside the London Aquarium

One thing that I really like about the London Aquarium is that the zones have been very carefully themed. One minute you’ll be walking through a wooden wall of logs, then a cave-like stone place, then a lushly coloured Aztec jungle with bright green vegetation, Inca carvings, Buddhist statues, hanging vines and waterfalls. The jungle one is like walking onto the set of Indiana Jones, with a soundtrack of jungle cheeps and thunderstorms coming from the speakers.

Piranha fish at the London Aquarium

They have lots of prehistoric-looking fish as well – the piranhas are big chunks of muscle with tiny little pincers for teeth. This is also where you’ll start to meet some other animals… they’ve got some turtles and a six-foot crocodile lounging around a riverbank.

Some of the tanks in the rainforest zone

The final bit worth seeing is Penguin Beach. The last time I came here they had the corridors chilled down to minus-five degrees, but I guess the penguins must have complained because they’ve turned the heating up now. It’s basically just a little pool of water with about five penguins in it, with some fake snow for them to stand on.

Penguin Beach at the London Aquarium

I felt a bit sorry for them to be honest because they were just standing there, staring at a painted scene of distant clouds and icebergs. I guess their little brains believed it to be real. It reminded me of that final scene in The Truman Show where Jim Carrey finally reaches the edge of the world and then stands there banging on the wall, wailing to get out.

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s latest review of the London Aquarium  “I had a fish tank once, a tropical fish tank filled with electric-looking stripes of light and a Siamese Fighting Fish, but they only lasted for a few years and then it all ended in tears (terrible sobbing scenes). It was all red eyes and goodbyes as I buried them in the dustbin (actually, I think I might have flushed them down the toilet). I’m still emotionally raw about it. I’m a very emotional guy. Whenever I go down the fish and chip shop it brings back painful memories. But I’m going to brave the London Aquarium today. This place is always packed with families because it’s one of the big four attractions by County Hall: the London Eye, London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure and Aquarium… continued.”

Snowdon Aviary at London Zoo

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of London Zoo  “Back to London Zoo today. I’m sitting here watching the giraffes getting fed at the moment. The zookeeper is walking around brushing all the leaves off the floor and the giraffes are dropping about a million more. He’s a funny looking fella (the giraffe I mean, not the zookeeper). He’s got two bony tufts coming out the top of his head and a neck that’s longer than his legs. I think God must have been having an off-day when he came up with that. Or maybe he got his sheets of paper mixed up in the wind and couldn’t be bothered to sort them out. And what’s going on with that camouflaged skin? What is the point of trying to camouflage yourself… continued.”

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The London Aquarium is within fifty paces of the London Eye, London Dungeon and Shrek’s Adventure. You can also catch a Thames Clipper boat from the London Eye pier. There’s another aquarium at London Zoo and Chessington World of Adventures… or how about seeing some fossilised fish and specimens at the Natural History Museum and Hunterian Museum?


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  •  Guest – “I've been to quite a few aquariums in my time and this one compares quite favourably. There are certainly a lot of big tanks, including one which is three floors high with sharks and stingrays. You come back to it frequently as you traverse the floors, and see it from different angles. The thing that impressed me most about the London aquarium was the in-tank Decorations. The plant life, rocks and stones are usually pretty good. There are some easter island heads for example which must be 18-feet tall. And there are mock-ups or roman ruins and inca temples. The Decorations outside the tanks are not quite so good, however. But this is the norm judging by the other aquariums I have visited. I wish they would Decorate the tunnels as well to get you in the mood. How great would it be to walk through the amazon rainforest, or up a rocky retreat? The one thing that is missing from the London aquarium is a walk-through exhi”
  • 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 had some divers in there feeding them. The tanks was quite big and impressive, even to me, and I only went because my kid wanted to. But most of the other tanks are small and with all the plants and stuff I struggled to see anything in most of them. They had a open tank which kids can put their hands in, and he liked that. He got to touch some big fish. No piranhas in it though. I checked.”

If your children enjoy the aquarium then here are some more good attractions for kids in London

> Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum covers everything from long-dead dinosaurs to erupting volcanoes.
> London Eye The British Airways London Eye – or ‘Millennium Wheel’ – is the largest ferris wheel in the world.
> London Dungeon The London Dungeon celebrates everything that is grisly in the world of crime and punishment.
> Battersea Park Children’s Zoo Battersea Park Children's Zoo has a collection of monkeys, meerkats, birds, and farmyard animals.
 

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