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Fun for all the family at London Zoo
Londoners can never complain of being short of things to do with the kids. There’s the London Dungeon, the London Aquarium, city farms, the capital’s parks, the river, the list is endless. But for many of us, one attraction remains standing alone above all others – a day out at the zoo.
As a native Londoner I have lost count of the number of times I have walked through the gates to see the lions, tigers, elephants and the gorillas.
And every visit is just as much fun as the last – no matter how old you get.
That’s why when our daughter Nellie reached the landmark of her first birthday this week, there was only ever one place we were going to take her – to the place which has been entertaining Londoners and its visitors since April 1826, London Zoo.
Probably what makes the zoo so popular is its appeal to young and old alike, and with 750 species on show there’s a new animal to discover which you didn’t know existed every time you go back.
Unlike other attractions, where you can be left to your own devices, there are always staff on hand giving talks on the various animals, and special events put on throughout the year.
If you’re planning a visit with children in the coming weeks and months, there’s plenty on offer to entertain.
There’s Boo at the Zoo in half-term week between October 26 and November 3, with a Halloween themed spooky schedule of events in the zoo’s night zone.
For the adults there’s a fire walk on November 21, where adults can impress their friends and raise money for the zoo by walking on burning embers.
And at Christmas Santa will be making a visit with his reindeer.
Or, if you’re like us, you can simply enjoy the zoo at your own leisure, enjoying the animals.
Set in Regent’s Park the zoo is ideally located. In summer you can enjoy a picnic in the park after your visit or a stroll along nearby St John’s Wood High Street, while in winter you’re really just a stone’s throw from central London and all that has to offer.
Prices, like most London attractions, are not cheap. An adult ticket at the zoo for the winter season, from November 4, can be bought for £20 with an online discount.
Children aged from 3-15 get in for £15.50 – while there is no charge for youngsters aged under-three. For prices on the gate, add £1, and it’s slightly more if you go in mid-season, which continues until November 4.
Family tickets, with a slight discount, are also available.
But the price is well worth it and you and the kids are sure to experience a day you’ll never forget.