This is my guide to visiting London Zoo with a toddler. For us, a visit here is a special treat. But although the entrance fee is high, I think that it is good value for money. You can certainly spend the whole day here.
ZSL London Zoo is run by the Zoological Society of London, an animal and habitat conservation charity. It is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. It is right in the heart of London in Regent’s Park and first opened in 1828, but not to the public until 1847. Today it has many themed areas, such as Gorilla Kingdom, Tiger Territory and Into Africa. We particularly liked the Land of the Lions, with the decor leaving you in no doubt that these were Asiatic lions.
There are also a great number of talks throughout the day. I recommend picking up a map and guide at the entrance so that you know what is on where. Watching the giraffes being fed some leaves managed to keep Daisy transfixed for a whole seven minutes. Which is pretty good for a very active toddler.
Visiting London Zoo with a Toddler: The Facts
Make sure you book in advance online for a significant saving on the entrance fee.
We travelled by tube – either Regent’s Park or Camden Town are the nearest. But there is a car park if you need to drive.
The zoo is bigger than I expected, so I was glad that we took the buggy. It would have been too much for little legs walking all day. Our backpack carrier would also have worked well, but I don’t think Daisy would have been able to see well enough from a sling/soft carrier.
There are lots of picnic spots so take your own food if you are on a budget.
We went on an autumn weekday and it was pleasantly uncrowded, so I would recommend that as a good time to visit.
The exit is of course through the shop. Most stuff is expensive, but if you hunt around there are some reasonable souvenirs for your little one. We got a couple of small toys and a sticker book for under a tenner.