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by Always Out & About (subscribe)
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Published January 2nd 2013
Sharks, jelly-fish, octopuses and many more exotic sea creatures all in the heart of London under one roof.

I recently embarked on a visit to Sea-Life as I wanted something to do in London which would be interesting and fun. The first thing I did was go and look at Sea Life on-line as I wanted to see what exhibitions there were, how to get there and most importantly ticket prices.

I recommend you book your tickets on-line before you go. This will save you some money and you will be able to book more than one attraction for a discounted price, for example, you can visit Sea-Life, The London Eye, Madame Tussauds & The London Dungeon altogether or separately for a discounted price.

Booking on-line is easy, and you will be sent a confirmation email, which you will need to keep or print as you will be asked for the order number/code when you arrive.

The best way to get there is to use public transport, it is quicker by all means, and again you can search on-line using the TFL website for which train to get. On arrival, there is a short walk from Waterloo Station (this is the station I used to get there) and the view is amazing as you are next to The London Eye and right on the Embankment.

On arrival, there are two separate queues, one is for individuals who have not pre-booked there tickets and one is for people who have. Join the queue you are suppose to be in, the pre-booked queue is relatively quicker as you just have to state your name, show some ID and the confirmation code and your tickets are printed.

As you walk through get ready to face your fears, as you have to walk over a piece of clear glass where sharks are swimming right underneath you. It is an amazing experience as you feel like the glass will break, but you are very safe. These sharks are relatively small, and but trust me, they get bigger!

Walking along there are signs to guide you around Sea-Life and you can slowly look at all the sea creatures. Along the way there are guides who are doing live shows, like starfish touching and a massive display on stingrays. It is ideal to take your time and look around at all the beautiful creatures there, as they will truly take your breath away.

Going past all the exotic fish, octopuses and jelly-fish, we slowly arrived at the huge shark tank, which was full of hammer-heads, nurse sharks, stingrays and other fishes. You really do not know where to look, and as you walk directly underneath the sharks, you feel as if your in a glass tank yourself. Beware, this does get a bit crowded, so you may be waiting for a long time to see the sharks close up for yourself.

Further along is another huge tank of nurse sharks and hammer heads and as you go along, you get closer to the top (which is less-crowded) and you can take a seat and look directly eye to eye with the sharks. I sat there for ages taking pictures as these were truly incredible creatures.

There are also different areas, such as the exotic rainforest, which holds a crocodile, piranhas and poisonous frogs. Also, there is a penguin exhibition which is fantastic as the penguins really know how to put on a good show.

Once you reach the end of the tour, you will pass through a gift-shop, which has some good purchases, but not anything special.

Overall a 8/10, as this is something you would not expect to be in the heart of London.
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When: Sun, Fri-Sat: 10am-7pm
Mon-Thu: 10am-6pm
Where: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom
Cost: Adult General Admission: 20.70 / Child General Admission (3-15 yrs) 15.00 (Discounts available if tickets are purchased online)
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