NW1 4RY London, England
Marleybone & Regent's Park
tel: +44 20 7722 3333
Mar 5-Oct daily 10am-5:30pm; Nov-Feb 10 daily 10am-4pm; Feb 11-Mar 4 daily 10am-4:30pm
NileGuide Expert tip:
Buy tickets online for a 10% discount. Arrive by canal boat from Camden Lock for a piece of Little Venice.
The collection of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), founded 1826, is both the oldest existing privately owned zoo and oldest scientific zoo in the world. It was London's top attraction for many decades but by the late 1980s had lost some of its larger animals to other (more suitable) sites and had become so unfashionable that it almost closed. Since then a repositioning, towards wildlife conservation, giving its 750 species more space, 'bringing down the bars' and creating interactive exhibits, has restored public faith. Plan your day around the daily events (see website).