Tickets for London Zoo
750 species and over 17,000 animals in the world’s oldest scientific zoo
- Visit the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Dating back to 1828, it’s now host to over 750 species and you’ll find over 17,000 animals to admire and ogle
- Visit Gorilla Kingdom and see Kumbuka and his family of silverback gorillas at close quarters. They have their own island, gym and African rainforest (seriously!)
- The zoo has always appointed leading architects to design its buildings, and strolling through its grounds you’ll come across ten listed buildings considered of special architectural or historic interest
London Zoo is perhaps the most storied zoo in the whole world. Built by Victorian gentlemen with names like Sir Stamford Raffles and Decimus Burton, it’s been an important part of London life for almost 200 years. Today you’ll be able to take in over 750 species of animals while walking through its historic buildings and grounds.
The London Zoo has undergone a transformation in the past few years. From the Victorian-era 'animal park' origins, it's now a conservation-minded institution that puts you into the heart of the untamed action.
You’ll find animals with all sorts of personalities here – the western lowland gorillas, led by the male silverback Kumbuka, are particularly charismatic and noble. The komodo dragon is a bit more ferocious seeming - though you’ll be protected by 20 meters of dragon-proof glass.
There’s a real variety here as well: tigers, bats, meerkats, penguins and armadillos (as well as the aforementioned gorillas and komodo dragons), to name but a few.
The zoo regularly changes exhibits throughout the year, and is particularly innovative in how it houses its animals. The gorillas live in their very own African rainforest, while the sun-loving lemurs have a habitat designed for maximum sunlight. This features a walk-through path for visitors, so that you see them at their best.
The zoo is so dedicated to its mission to educate that they even have an In With The Spiders exhibit (which strives to persuade you that arachnids are adorable). If the thought of spending time with spiders on purpose sounds ridiculous, visit the two Pygmy Hippos. Everyone agrees that Thug and Nicky are delightful.
FEEL-GOOD FACTOR: The gorilla colony was blessed with a new addition in 2014, a baby girl named Alika (which means beautiful). She joins the other two females in the group, and the family continues to thrive.
How to use your tickets
Show your smartphone ticket at the entrance.
- Skip-the-line access (if you choose this option during checkout)
Good to know
- Metro: Any metro to Camden Town or Regent's Park
- Bus: 274 to Ormonde Terrace or C2 Gloucester Gate
Food on site isn't great quality.