June 7, 2018

London Zoo Family Review and Top Tips

During our 2 night stay last month, we visited the wonderful London Zoo on our final day – Bank Holiday Monday.  The sun was shining and we were excited to have a more peaceful day after two days of hustle and bustle in the city centre checking out the sights.  Having been to London Zoo about 10 years ago pre children, I was looking forward to seeing what changes and developments have been made.

Getting to London Zoo

London Zoo is situated in Regents Park, and is walking distance from Camden Town tube station and a short bus or taxi ride from Baker Street Station.  The nearest mainline station is Euston.  As we had driven from Birmingham, we were in our car.  We had driven from Tower Bridge which took about 30 minutes and parked in the Zoo car park opposite Regents park.  It is £15 for the whole day, so consider this into your pricing unless you of course are getting there via another mode of transport.  It’s also near to many more attractions, including Madame Tussuads – check out Birds and Lillies review here.

We arrived far too early – I know with three children how were we so organised!  So we decided to go for breakfast in Regents park at the cafe.  London Zoo opens at 10am but people were queuing to get in about 15 minutes prior to that time.  If you fear queues, trust me this one moved quick!

Getting up close and personal to a Giraffe at London Zoo

Me and B outside the Pelican enclosure

Getting around the Zoo – Top Tips

B looking at a Hippo at London Zoo


See the Tigers wading in their lake



B and W at the play area at London Zoo

Our falafel and salad wrap offered in the food court at London Zoo

Live re - enactment of a Lion being cared for by zoo keepers

Our verdict

We honestly had a wonderful day.  You wouldn’t believe you were in central London.  Yes its a busy attraction.  But it doesn’t feel so hustle bustle as others and Regents park is such a picturesque location for such a great zoo.  Our favourite part of London Zoo was the Land of the Lions.  It’s a really fun themed way to get to see the Lions and we loved the theming!  What’s even more exciting is that London Zoo offer the chance for you to sleep over in one of their Lion lodges!  A pretty exclusive treat I say!

Watching the parrots during a show at London Zoo

Me with B, W and Baby K outside the Lions enclosure entrance

We loved the spaciousness of London Zoo and the staff went above and beyond to allow you to learn more about the beautiful animals they have there.  Not only is ZSL a London attraction, but it is a charity that works so hard to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.  Its clean, the animals look so well cared for and its such a great location! We will definitely be returning!

*This is a collaborative post.  We were gifted a family ticket to London Zoo in exchange for this blog post.  All words and opinions are my own *




23 comments so far.

23 responses to “London Zoo Family Review and Top Tips”

  1. Shan says:

    London is definitely on my to do list with the kids this summer. I’m going down to see the foo fighters in a fortnight! Never been to London zoo but I’ll definitely go now I’ve seen the photos! Thank you!

  2. Matt O’Connor says:

    Food is amazing there great zoo to visit too!

  3. Looks like you had a great day. Whipsnade is our nearest zoo and lovely and that’s ZSL, the same as London and a really nice zoo too. x

  4. Ami says:

    Looks amazing! I haven’t been to London zoo in year. It looks like it’s come on such a long way since I last went.

  5. We love a trip to the zoo and haven’t been to London zoo before, it looks like a great day out!

  6. Jenni says:

    Oh wow this looks amazing! I have never been to London Zoo, but I would love to take my daughter. It looks like such a fantastic place

  7. Kirsty McManus says:

    The fact it has it’s own app is a winner for me! We were at Edinburgh Zoo on Wednesday and the paper maps were outdated – a quick map on an app would have been a solution to the 2 hours it took us to find the tigers! This sounds like a lovely zoo!!

  8. I love London Zoowhen we visited last year, but we ran out of time before we got round – thanks for reminding me how much I want to go back! xx

  9. Stuart says:

    Looks like a great day out – I went when I was very young but since moving up north I’ve not been since. maybe one day with the kids now 🙂 #triumphanttales

  10. Amy - The Rolling Baby says:

    I love the zoo, although I’ve never been to London zoo. Fab pics and it sounds like you had a great day #Triumphanttales

  11. Ali Duke says:

    We visited London Zoo 3 years ago, I would love to go again, it is lovely. We saw the tigers being fed while we were there, that was great to watch.

  12. It sounds like you all had an amazing time! We love going to a zoo and I do believe this is one of the only ones we’ve not been too! Must change that soon!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back tomorrow

  13. Tiney says:

    We are taking our little boy there soon this has got me so excited xx

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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

I really wanted a concrete place to share my love for travel, in particular Disney and offer my readers a chance to gain some knowledge around what we love to do as a family of 5.

I share our family adventures which include days out, travel advice and tips, holiday reviews, restaurant visits and of course, our love for Disney, including Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World.

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