If you get twinges of excitement seeing the mice that live on the tube tracks or find yourself starring at pigeons for an inordinate amount of time you need to head down to the London Zoo. In the heart of Regents Park is the wildest place in London. Spanning 36 acres with over 750 different species of animals, the majority of which are of the non rodent variety, the ZSL London Zoo is a great way to escape the city, get back to nature and see some of the most exotic animals in the world. Get up close and personal with the smallest of monkeys to the tallest giraffes on a day that the whole family can enjoy.
From the African plains to the Antarctic and everything in between
From prehistoric tortoises and amusing penguins to majestic tigers, lions and giant gorillas the London Zoo has a collection of animals you will only find on statues anywhere else in the city. So whether you want to take flight with the birds, go under the sea with the jellyfish, slither with the reptiles or run the plains with the mammals you are sure to see a collection of animals that will leave you in awe. The Zoo prides itself on bringing its visitors as close to nature as possible, while creating natural habitats for the animals and giving those who come to visit them an interactive and educational experience. There are a number of videos on the Zoo's dedicated TV channel that shows you just how close to the action you can get.
Non Stop Action
The main highlight of the London Zoo is that the action never ends and you can immerse yourself in a fantastic selection of daily events. So after meeting the monkeys in the morning you can visit the Komodo dragons and pop into the African plains which are only a few of the events that run all day long. At 12 head into the amphitheater and watch the animals in action as they fly, leap and climb all around you. After that exercise grab lunch at one of the series of cafes and diners that dot the Zoo then at 2pm don't miss the penguins eating theirs. At 3 you have a choice between a spider talk or, for those of you who suffer from arachnophobia, head over to the Giants of the Galapagos where you can see how you measure up to the huge tortoises by trying on your own shell for size. To round off a thoroughly active day finish off at the therapeutic Butterfly Paradise exhibit where you can unwind before returning to the chaos of the city. Of course you can structure your own day around the ever changing live events or avoid them all together.
Too much to see, too little time
It is almost impossible to get through the whole zoo in a day and as a result they offer a generous membership plan (currently three months free) for the year where you can have unlimited visits. However, if you are just heading down for the day and are taking the kids you can ill afford to miss the Animal Adventure Zone where young ones have the opportunity to walk through underground tunnels and pop up to visit the aardvarks. There is also a petting zoo where they have the chance to interact with donkeys, llamas and alpacas. For the more environmentally inclined there are always a plethora of regular exhibitions and events that look in depth at the work the Zoo does concerning science and conservation. All in all what you really need to know about the London Zoo is that it is a great day out where you can see things that you won't find anywhere else in the city, or even the country, for that matter.