Day Out with the Kids: ZSL London Zoo Review

Updated March 2023

September 2021

We visited London Zoo on our first mini-break in the capital with the kids. We were so lucky with the baking hot weather, despite it being September, which made for a great day exploring London on foot and checking out the zoo.

What’s there to see and do?

London Zoo has a great range of animals with a lot of different species. You can get pretty close to lots of the enclosures, and there are indoor areas for the creepy crawlies too. My two love visiting zoos, so they really enjoyed exploring one that we hadn’t been to before. There’s play equipment too, so the kids can let off some steam in between learning about the different animals.

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In particular, Finn and Lola loved the walk-through areas where they could get really close to some of the animals, such as lemurs and a sloth which they adored!

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The only negative we had was that some of the animals looked a little sad, like this monkey below. (He may just have been tired but we felt sorry for him!) Living in a more rural area, we’re used to visiting zoos where the animals have more space to roam, so London Zoo felt more enclosed than others we’ve visited.

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Who is it suitable for?

London Zoo is a great place for children and adults of all ages. There’s a lot to see and do, and the educational side for older children is great. Plus, they have penguins… who doesn’t love penguins?

 

How much is it?

Current prices for 2023:

  • Peak: Adults: £32.27 / Kids £21 / Under 3s free
  • Standard: Adults: £30 / Kids £19.50 / Under 3s free
  • Off-Peak: Adults: £27.73 / Kids £18.04 / Under 3s free

Visit their website for up-to-date opening times, prices and offers: www.londonzoo.org.

 

Is it good value for money? (And money saving tips!)

As home-educators we were able to book through their educational visits (similar to how schools would) so entry for all four of us was £44.50, which I thought was great value for money. Contact the zoo in advance to book in this way if you’re a home educator.

If you’re not home-educating, the good news is that you can still save money on your tickets! If you’re travelling to the capital by train, you can take advantage of National Rail’s 2 for 1 deal when you register with their days out guide: https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/. This 2 for 1 discount actually covers quite a lot of UK attractions – so it’s certainly worth having a look before you book a day out.

And, you can get discounted entry to London Zoo through Kid’s Pass too – you can sign up to Kids Pass for a month’s trial for just a quid!  Enjoy the perks and either continue your subscription or cancel prior to your trial ending to make sure no further charges are taken. Take a look at my Kids Pass article for more information.

So there are a few ways to make your visit to London Zoo a lot more affordable – and at these prices your trip becomes much better value for money.

 

What other facilities are there?

As well as play equipment, there’s also a splash zone which is a great addition on a baking hot day! There are plenty of toilets, picnic areas and various restaurants / food huts. I can’t comment on the cost or quality of the food as we’re picnic people, so the kids only had an ice-cream.

In the event of wet weather, there are quite a few indoor areas to explore where you can huddle in the dry and continue having fun until the rain passes.

 

Where is it?

London Zoo is easily accessible by tube, bus or car. These are the nearest train stations / bus stops…

Tube:

  • Camden Town (16 mins / 0.8 miles walk from the Zoo)
  • Chalk Farm (18 mins / 0.9 miles walk)
  • Baker Street (21 mins / 1.1 miles walk) / (14 mins via 274 bus)
  • Regent’s Park (24 mins / 1.2 miles walk)

 

Bus:

  • 88: Northbound, towards Kentish Town: Alight on Albany Street at Prince Albert Road.
  • 88: Southbound, towards Great Portland Street: Get off on Albany Street at Regent’s Park Barracks.
    These stops are just a few minutes walk from the Zoo.
  • 274: Northbound and Southbound: Get off on Prince Albert Road at ZSL London Zoo.

 

Car:

London Zoo’s car park is on Outer Circle, Regent’s Park – outside of the congestion charging zone. (SAT NAV: NW1 4SX) Please be aware that cars and motorbikes are charged at £14.50 for visitors to the zoo – so it’ll add to the cost of your day out if you’re arriving by car.

 

Useful information for your visit…

Website: https://www.londonzoo.org/

Facilities:  Restaurants, gift shop, toilets, picnic areas, play park

Opening Times:  Dependent on the time of year – check their website for more info

Address: Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY / SAT NAV: NW1 4SX

For up-to-date opening times and prices, please check their website.

 

For more city adventures, check out my other London family day out reviews:

Frugal family days out: The 10 best FREE places to visit in London with kids!

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And for lots of money-saving UK getaway and school holiday tips, you’ll want to read:

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