The city of London might not be the first place you would think to go searching for somewhere to see exotic fish, furry friends or amazing animals but you might be surprised to learn there are plenty of places to indulge your animal-loving ways. From zoos and aquariums, to the slightly lesser-known city farm, read on for our brief guide to seeing animals in the city.
London Zoo – The big one. London Zoo is known worldwide for it’s amazing collection of animals from across the globe. With over 750 different species within it’s walls and an impressive 17,480 animals, there’s certainly plenty to see. For sheer variety and a good, central location (plus it’s open every day), then this is the place to go. Where? Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY Nearest Tube: Camden Town or Mornington Crescent
City Farms – There are plenty of city farms in London, they’re a haven of nature in the middle of the concrete jungle and a refreshing change of pace. Home to animals such as ducks, geese, pigs, goats and cows, visiting a city farm is a slightly more hands on experience than a zoo. Many have extra features such as community gardens, allotments and wildlife ponds and often offer different activities for kids. Check out our list below and see if there is one near to you.
Kentish Town City Farm 1 Cressfield Cl, London NW5 4BN Nearest Tube: Gospel Oak or Kentish Town
Vauxhall City Farm 165 Tyers Street, London SE11 5HS Nearest Tube: Vauxhall
Hackney City Farm 1a Goldsmith’s Row, London E2 8QA Nearest Tube: Hoxton or Cambridge Heath
Spitalfields City Farm Buxton St, London E1 5AR Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green and Shoreditch High Street
London Aquarium – If you love the underwater world, then London Aquarium is the place for you. A wondrous cavern of pool after pool of exotic and lesser spotted fish, sharks, turtles, octopuses and even penguins! Learn about the amazing creatures that inhabit our oceans and see breathtaking tanks filled with strange and wonderful sea creatures and plant life – definitely worth a visit. Where? County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB Nearest Tube: Waterloo or Westminster
Where is your favourite place to see animals?