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Everything You Need to Know about ZSL London Zoo

Located at one of the Royal Parks of London, you will find London Zoo at Regent's Park. ZSL is the oldest scientific Zoo on the planet and opened its doors to the public in 1847. One of my personal favourite childhood memories is spending days visiting the Zoo with my family. The great thing about London Zoo, also known as ZSL, is that it is not restricted to children, but something for the entire family to enjoy. 


Getting there

If you take the Bakerloo line to Regent's Station, you can quickly get to the Zoo on foot. There are signposts in the leafy suburb that give clear directions on how to get to the Zoo. Regent's Alternatively, take the 88bus northbound from nearby Albany Street.



The Zoo is open to people of all age groups, and it is a favourite with school groups and people looking people looking to hire a venue for their private event. A group of 10 or more is entitled to 25% discount off standard online or gate prices. Other benefits for groups include free entry for Blue Badge Guides, free entry for one essential carer with paying disabled visitors, posters and leaflets to promote your group visit. 


If you plan on hiring the venue for your special event, you will first need to make contact with the Zoo to check for availability. Proceeds paid to host your event here go to the ZSL charity to help with the protection and sustainability of the animals. The event spaces also have a catering option, much like some of the top Restaurants In Paddington.

There is a range of ticket options to select from single entry tickets to membership options. Depending on the time of the year you decide to visit, fares can range anywhere from £23.40 per Adult to £31.50 per Adult. They are open from 10 am – 4 pm daily.


What to do inside

There is plenty to do at the Zoo. One of the best experiences is being able to have direct interaction with some of the animals. The Keeper for a Day experience allows you to get up close and personal with the animals. You will get an inside look of what it takes to be a zookeeper, and the experience comes with a complimentary lunch.


Nearby accommodation 

The Zoo has its own accommodation within its premises. However, most people prefer to stay at one of the neighbouring properties. Grand Paddington Hotel is a contemporary luxury property that offers a wide range of accommodation option. Visitors can have the freedom of being not only close to the Zoo but the surrounding attractions as well. They provide complimentary breakfast with your room rate, and there is WiFi throughout the property. If you plan to travel with kids, look for a family-friendly hotel that allows the entire family to stay together in one room. Hotels with triple rooms London are best for larger families travelling together.