London Zoo is No.4 in our list of London's best children's attractions
If you love animals and you've got money to burn (it's 280 quid!) then why not become a zoo keeper for a day?
If you're hoping to get a job working with animals one day then this is a great way to see what it will be like because the keepers will allow you to get close to some of London Zoo's most popular animals, showing you what it's really like to work inside the enclosures.
Typical events throughout the day will include feeding and mucking out the giraffes, penguins, giant tortoises, meerkats and coatis. Obviously you won't be able to get close to all of the animals (...but would you really want to hand-feed a gorilla?), but you'll still be able to take a behind-the-scenes look at their enclosures.
This is very much a hands-on experience, so you must be reasonably fit. You will also be getting very close to the animals, so expect to get a bit dirty. Your group will consist of around five people, and you will be kitted out in overalls before being assigned to an experienced zookeeper.
If you quite like the idea of meeting the animals but are baulking at the high price, then you might be interested in their Meet The Animals event instead. You might also like to try volunteering at Spitalfields City Farm. They don't have any big zoo animals there (there are no lions or tigers, just farmyard animals like pigs and chickens), but it does have the considerable advantage of being free.
Craig has never actually tried being a zoo keeper (he's not brave enough, fit enough, or rich enough!), but he has written a review of London Zoo itself, which you might like to read before you go.
Craig’s review of London Zoo – “If you want to do London Zoo properly then you'll be walking around for 4-5 hours so you need to take it slow, because it's a proper zoo: there are no rides, no rollercoasters, no dolphins doing tricks with the kids. You just stand in front of the cages trying to find the animals, then you buy a stuffed monkey from the gift shop and go home. The aquarium is a nice pe… continued”
Meet the animals up close at London Zoo – Every day – Here's your chance to enter the animal enclosures and get close to some of the friendliest animals at London Zoo
Get a closer look at the Albert Memorial – First Sun of the month (Mar to Dec only) – Go inside the Albert Memorial's railings and see one of London's finest looking monuments from up close
Listen to a speech at Speakers’ Corner – Every Sun (around noon) – If you visit Speakers' Corner at Sunday lunchtime you can listen to an orator stand up and discuss whatever they like -- all in the name of free speech.
Sunday football on Hackney Marshes – Every Sun – Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football, with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams.
Volunteer to help out at Spitalfields City Farm – Every day – Spitalfields City Farm is a nice place to take your kids, but did you know that you can volunteer to help out on the farm?
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – 22 Nov 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – Hyde Park will be transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland with rollercoaster rides, a circus, ice rink and Christmas market.
Hire a deckchair in one of London’s parks – 1 Mar to 31 Oct 2019 – Hire out a deck-chair in one of London's Royal parks and have a nice, relaxing sit-down and do a bit of people-watching
If you enjoy London Zoo then you might like to visit Battersea Park Children’s Zoo (catch the train from Camden Town to Sloane Square), London Aquarium (catch the train from Camden Town to Waterloo) and Natural History Museum (catch the train from Camden Town to South Kensington)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans