London Zoo in Regent’s Park is a fantastic day out for the whole family. With a host of attractions and events, there is something for everyone. These are our unmissable activities while you are there.
In With The Spiders
Scared of the eight-legged bugs? This is the perfect place to start! In With The Spiders is the UK’s first walk-through spider exhibit. It’s a unique chance to see spiders up close and personal with arachnids from around the world.
Your journey begins with the indigenous breeds of UK spiders, the sort which have mums running for cover, and move onto the more exotic creatures from overseas. Tarantula, Huntsman, Black Widow; if you need the toilet, be sure to check that the funnel-web spider hasn’t escaped!
All visitors receive complimentary earplugs.
There is a serious side to the exhibit as well. London Zoo’s Friendly Spider programme has been running for more than two decades and successfully cures arachnophobia. It’s a display which leaves you seeing spiders in a different light. Preferably not pitch black…
Rainforest Life is a recent addition to the London Zoo exhibits and one, as with all other displays, which has a serious message behind it.
The capital’s only living rainforest is an indoor attraction where visitors get to see a broad cross-section of the animals which live in the South American jungles. As man encroaches on these spaces, many of these species are threatened with extinction. The exhibit offers a unique opportunity to see the animals in as close to their natural environment as possible
A new zone, ‘Night Life’, takes you out of the daylight and into a nocturnal world where you can see the creatures which are normally missed. While you sleep, they play!
London Zoo isn’t just about the animals of today, it’s about those which lived on the earth long before man existed. The dinosaurs are coming to Zoorassic Park!
From herbivores such as the Brachiosaurus through to the fearsome predator, Tyrannosaurus Rex; the prehistoric world is brought back to life with moving dinosaurs.
It’s not quite Jurassic Park bringing these magnificent reptiles back to life but the realistic movements and behaviours will make you double-take! All this is taking place from 22 July through to 3 September and features guided tours through the Mesozoic period, complete with Triceratops and Edmontonia; armour plating has never been so frightening!
Passports will be handed out to all visitors taking the trip, with a fun trail and fossil digs for the kids.
Kicking off the opening of Zoorassic Park is a weekend of shows featuring popular TV presenter, Andy Day. Dinosaurs Live sees four shows on each of 22 & 23 July, which are free to all zoo visitors. All you need is to pay your entrance fee at the zoo gates! These events sold out quickly at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo so make sure you get your tickets quickly.
A staple of Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart’s Junior Choice on BBC Radio 2 during the 1970s was “Daddy’s Taking Us To The Zoo Tomorrow”. Excitedly telling the world what they were going to do, the children of the song were content that they could stay all day.
This summer, London Zoo will let kids sleepover on Saturday nights as well at the Summer Sleepover!
It’s all in the name of fun but with an educational theme. This is about teaching the next generations about conservation. As well as seeing Zoorassic Park after hours, the happy campers will be able to meet zookeepers and interact with the animals. It offers a unique experience for youngsters and a chance to shape the planet’s future.
Zoo Nights is a celebration of the nocturnal animal kingdom. Mating habits, bioluminescence, and every stop in between. The event features a ‘Birds and the Bees’ guided tour, as well as Zooniversity Challenge and the chance to be an eco-detective. It’s one for the adults only.
The guided tour takes in all manner of insect and animal life; from creepy crawlies through to the big cats, you learn the “ins and outs” of romance in the animal kingdom. There will be the gory where one night’s passion is quite literally lights out for one of the partners through to the big cats, such as the cheetahs. Are they as quick in the romantic stakes as they are on the ground? This is a cat which runs at 120 km/h, over twice as fast as a racehorse so it may give a new meaning to the word, ‘quickie’…
As well as the animals, there will be street entertainers, pop-up watering holes and street food galore! And while the natural world’s light show offers plenty to keep everyone interested, the evenings will finish with a man-made light show, using the night sky over London as a backdrop.