Meet the animals up close at London Zoo

Address:
, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, London51.535718 -0.155733
Tel:
0344 225 1826

Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
Every day
10 AM to 4 PM (Mon-Sun, Nov-1st week of Feb); 10 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Sun, middle 2 weeks of Feb); 10 AM to 5.30 PM (Mon-Sun, last week of Feb-Mar); 10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun, Apr-Oct); Last entry 1 hour before closing
Tickets & Cost:
£54 per person
See zsl.org for more details

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Baker Street (30 min walk, or 274 bus), Camden Town (15 min walk), Regent’s Park (20 min walk)
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A day at London Zoo is always good fun, but did you know that you can pay a bit more money and get even closer to the animals? And when we say 'close' we really do mean CLOSE. You will be met by a zookeeper and led into actual the enclosure itself!

Obviously they don't do it for all the animals (the lions aren't very friendly, apparently) — it's only the super-safe ones that won't bite your head off. You can choose between four different animals: the giraffes, meerkats, monkeys or penguins.

Each animal event is slightly different, but you will usually be led into the enclosure and allowed to see them up close. Sometimes you will even be allowed to feed them. The zookeeper will tell you all about them and answer your questions whilst they walk around in close proximity.

If you know somebody who has a big interest in animals then it will make for a really nice treat. But if you really want to treat them then how about becoming a zookeeper for a day? You might like to volunteer at Spitalfields City Farm as well.

Craig has never attended this event (he's too much of a scaredy cat for anything like this), but he has written a big review of London Zoo itself, which you might like to read before you go.

 

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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”

Read Craig’s review of London Zoo

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Look for more children’s events taking place in December

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

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