The Penguin Pool at London Zoo, Regent's Park is a penguin enclosure designed in the International Modernist style by Berthold Lubetkin and the Tecton Group. Constructed in 1934, Historic England describe it as "a key symbol of British (and International) Modern Movement architecture". The pool housed the zoo's collection of penguins for 70 years. Changing attitudes to keeping animals in captivity, and concerns regarding the suitability of the structure for penguin well-being, saw the pool's closure in 2004 and its subsequent replacement by Penguin Beach. After a period of non-use, during which Lubetkin's daughter called for the structure to be "blown to smithereens", the pool was converted into a water feature. It is a Grade I listed building.
The Zoological Society of London was founded in 1826 and by 1828 had established a zoological garden in Regent's Park. From its beginnings, the Society employed a series of notable architects to create its buildings: Decimus Burton designed many of the earliest structures, including the Llama and Camel House in 1828, the Ravens' Cage in the same year, and the Giraffe House in 1836; Anthony Salvin Jr. built the Aviary in 1863; Charles Brown Trollope undertook the Stork and Ostrich House in 1896, and Guy Dawber built the Reptile House in 1927. Until the early 20th century, the prevailing view of animal husbandry was that exotic animals would not survive in the colder, Northern European environment and that it was therefore necessary to confine them in shelters. The appointment of Peter Chalmers Mitchell as Secretary of the Society in 1903 saw a change of view, towards creating more natural habitats; Mitchell himself, in conjunction with John James Joass, designed the Mappin Terraces, a series of artificial mountains designed to provided realistic environments for bears and other animals.
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Jesper Anthonisen | Feb 25, 2018
This is a great zoo. In a way it's the typical "city zoo" but London zoo has made is possible to have a lot of different exotic animals on a relatively small space while ensuring that the animals thrive. As a bonus the zoo is home to a huge indoor aquarium with fish in 100s of tanks. Both the zoo and the aquarium is well worth your time and money (it's possible to buy tickets for the zoo / aquarium independently).
Unmarked Door | Feb 11, 2018
ZSL would be perfect if humanity didn't exist. Go on a rainy day and it's perfect. As an adult zoos give me conflicting emotions, but ultimately and especially with ZSL their heart is in the right place and are doing some really important work. It's damn expensive, but the membership is definitely worth it if you think you'll go 4+ times a year.
Chris Rushbrook | Feb 16, 2018
Been several times as a family and always enjoyed it. Lots of stuff to see and often interesting activities put on for kids (and adults!) to enjoy. Definitely worth buying tickets online in advance to avoid queuing when you arrive. Food in the main restaurant area is pretty decent if a little pricey, and they have a very good range of options available. Allow lots of time for your visit, there's plenty on offer so could easily take up a whole day allowing for rests and a bite to eat.
Angel Rowlan | Feb 12, 2018
Always enjoy the zoo! It’s a great day out with family, friends or even on your own. My one complaint would be that the smaller stalls/shops could do with more reliable card machines. Not everyone carries cash on them.
naomi stuart | Jan 8, 2018
Small but very well thought out zoo. Some great animals and good shows and talks. The spider and insect areas are scary but fascinating. You can walk through spiders, butterflies and lemur areas if you wish. Sadly some areas were closed due to the fire, hopefully they will reopen soon.
Rebecca Herrera | Mar 29, 2018
I LOVE going to zoos in other countries and the London zoo was totally worth it. If you buy tickets online ahead for time you save something like 10%, which is awesome!!! It’s quite large, has a cool monkey part where you are inside with the monkeys. The lion setup is intricate and detailed and large. They have the same kind of walk in habitat for the Lemurs too! There are Pygmy hippos and the penguin habitat is the best I’ve ever seen. I even got a video of one just swimming and jumping all over the place. The wild dog habitat is very large and you can get very close with some low windows, very cool. When we went there were hundreds of schools kids and it was still fun! There’s an aquarium, tigers, bats, reptiles... fun for the whole family. We didn’t eat there, but there’s food options too for sure. I’m so happy we went!
Helen Baker | Mar 27, 2018
AMAZING WORKERS WHO PUT GUESTS FIRST Came yesterday and Was looking for tigers with my little boy.I stopped a lovely young lady for directions who worked there.To my shock I saw she was crying but would not tell me what was wrong .She was so amazing and offered to walk us to the tigers despite her mood? which I was not expecting .she even gave us some information that we never even knew .We were very grateful and I felt as I wanted to thank her but assume she went home.when we were leaving to my shock she was still working and putting on a brave face.Very excellent and brave young lady.Cant wait to come back and hopefully see her much happier.
Lyra Brayshaw | Apr 2, 2018
Yes, the tickets were expensive but after seeing everything on the inside it was well worth it! You have to remember the ticket fees are what keep the place going and they are doing an amazing job and maintaining the facilities and taking care of the animals. I saw so many people working while I was there and they were also very friendly and informative. Information overload In a good way!
Heng Ng | Apr 1, 2018
Pleasant time at the Zoo today. Good crowd because of the Easter weekend. Many families. Enjoyed the aviary, camels and monkeys. Staff were helpful. Affordable.
Anxhelo Bitraj | Mar 6, 2018
This is a great zoo. In a way it's the typical "city zoo" but London zoo has made is possible to have a lot of different exotic animals on a relatively small space while ensuring that the animals thrive. As a bonus the zoo is home to a huge indoor aquarium with fish in 100s of tanks. Both the zoo and the aquarium is well worth your time and money (it's possible to buy tickets for the zoo / aquarium independently).😊
Candice Wilson | May 5, 2018
Really a great day out with friends and family. Animals are well looked after and seem comfortable in their enclosures. Shops situated all over... Best idea was the flip flop shop. Large assortment of snack shacks as well as a nicely put out restaurant.
Amanda Hogarth | Apr 22, 2018
Wonderful place to visit for a family day out. Very kid friendly and with loads of different things to keep the little ones occupied. Their cafe has a very varied menu with healthy things on offer as well instead of just burgers and chips like most places.
john christiansen | May 1, 2018
This zoo is amazing. It can take 4+ hours to see all exhibits, so be sure to allow for plenty of time. We found the best way to get there to be the northern underground line yo camden town. It's a short walk West from the station exit. Be sure to see the Okapi. It looks like a cross between a zebra and a giraffe and is surreal.
Hari Iyer | May 30, 2018
The best thing about this place is that the zoo's first priority are animals. I remember when we arrived, there was an unfortunate incident and the zoo had been closed for all visitors and this was to ensure that the animals were safe and not under stress and of course for the safety of the visitors too. The staff were very polite and humble in explaining the visitors about the incident. When I contacted the customer service, the response was prompt and they gave me options to either get a full refund or opt for another day. Chose the latter and I must say it was a wise choice. It's one of the best zoo's I've visited in a long time. Although it's not the best environment for wild animals to live and thrive in, it's good to see varied animals including endangered ones being taken care of well. The zoo itself is well laid out with lots of signs and public facilities like restaurants and public toilets. My family had a really good time and highly recommend this place for educational and family excursions.
Sergey Zelenov | May 17, 2018
Good fun, and does not feel too packed, even on a glorious sunny Sunday. I think it could benefit from a larger number of pop-up, kiosk style refreshment options - just so that one could get an ice-cream or a coffee without having to track all the way back to the restaurant square and then wasting time in a queue.
Tasha Chambers | Jun 9, 2018
Large zoo with a wide range of animals. The entrance price is steep but if you go regularly a membership is worthwhile. The zoo works with many conservation and wildlife projects around the world so part of your tickets cost goes towards helping protect and learn from animals in the wild.
Natalia J | May 22, 2018
Very nice atmosphere, great staff; very helpful and cheerful. Amazing views of animals. Great attractions, and food. I highly recommend to visit this place. I had a wonderful time my self.
Denise Baron | May 28, 2018
I really love London zoo. We went late around 4.00 pm and it was great not too many people as it was winding down for the day. Only problem we had was with the card reader when paying declined both mine and my friends card. But when we paid at another window it was fine. Took us ages to find the giraffes but it was worth it.
Piers Lewis | Aug 5, 2018
I haven't visited this place since I was a kid and decided to go recently with my partner. Plenty of parking close to the main entrance and on the road side (check online for disabled parking and parking charges as varies) entrance fee is expensive, but once your in you can easily spend the day there. The cafe is sensibly priced while some of the small shops can be a bit pricey. I was impressed with the layout and how easy it was to make your way round without going back and forth or missing things. The animals were mostly easy to see with plenty of view points for each while allowing the animals plenty of space and areas to hide. Plenty of staff on hand for help and plenty of facilities close at hand. The whole zoo is well sign posted and easy to navigate. This is also a very disabled friendly place with, I think, nothing really out of reach. A large variety of animals, insects and birds that are clearly looked after. The park is well maintained. There are various talks and shows throughout the day and large picnic area. There are also areas where you can go in with the animals and insects (spiders- I'm still not sure how I was persuaded to do this) and the staff were brilliant to talk to and clearly very passionate about what they do. Brilliant day out.
Derek Fowler | Aug 7, 2018
Brilliant day out. Themed areas are great and they also have quite a few "In with the..." enclosures where you go in with the animals such as butterflies, monkeys, lemurs and spiders. Restaurant was great too; quick service, decent food and quite reasonably priced.
Ayesha Mahmood | Jul 30, 2018
Great day out for the kids, especially the butterfly sanctuary. It was an amazing experience, so pretty! My two year old is currently in love with turtles so seeing the Madagascar giant turtles was the best treat for him, thankfully we got there just as one of them was thirsty so he walked all the way to the water to drink and then walked back 🤣
Tracy Herrmann | Jul 17, 2018
Couldn't be faulted. Easy parking. Lots of shade and picnic places. Air conditioned restaurant with plenty of food for Dairy free and Gluten free options. Stimulating activities for animals so they were alert and easy to see. Lots of multi- level activities providing good views of animals.
Rob hartles | Jul 30, 2018
What a brilliant day out we had we went as a small family and our 7 month old loved it he was very young to really understand it all but he looked so cute staring at the animals. It is very expensive inside the zoo as to be expected really but if you bring your own snacks and drinks you should be fine. It's a bit random the way the zoo is set out so I definitely recommend getting a map they hand out at the start. All in all a brilliant day out for everyone of all ages just bring comfy shoes.
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