London Zoo is one of the biggest attractions for animal lovers heading to the capital, but it’s not just the zoo itself that offers a wealth of entertainment for visitors to the area.
There are plenty of options open to anyone planning a visit to the City of Westminster or neighbouring Camden – the location surrounding the zoo – so here are just a few suggestions to ensure visitors can keep themselves entertained during their stay.
Lord’s cricket ground
Fans of cricket are in for a real treat when visiting the area, with Lord’s officially titled as being ‘the home of English cricket’ and located just a stone’s throw from St John’s Wood and Regent’s Park – the location of London Zoo.
Matches are held at the venue throughout the year, with regular performances by some of the biggest cricketing nations in the world.
It is not just during game time that the venue offers an attraction to visitors though, as the ground holds a wealth of history and heritage to explore, with guests able to take regular tours and even enjoy a spot of afternoon tea, if booked in advance.
One of the best live performance spaces anywhere in the world, The Roundhouse Theatre is an internationally-renowned venue that is dedicated to promoting artistic ideals and cultural education to the next generation.
Described as ‘an engine room of creative invention’, the Roundhouse allows audiences to view performances from 360 degrees and has witnessed shows from some of the biggest names from the world’s of theatre, circus, music and spoken word programmes from across the globe.
Opportunities for thousands of young people aged from 11 to 25 are created at the venue every year, allowing them to hone and showcase their talents in front live audiences and ensuring the development of the next generation of outstanding performers here in the UK.
Visitors hoping for some musical delights during their stay might like to head along to The Underworld club in swinging Camden.
Offering gigs throughout the year and with a changing line-up of artists, The Underworld provides great nights out with live bands, solo artists, club nights and much more.
Tickets for shows can often be purchased on the door on the evening of a gig, meaning even those who have a last-minute penchant for a great night of live tunes and partying are well catered for.
One of the capital’s eight royal parks, Regent’s Park covers approximately 395 acres and is a spectacular example of how green spaces in even the most built-up of urban areas can provide a real escape for both locals and visitors alike.
Including the beautiful Queen Mary’s Gardens – which feature more than 12,000 roses of over 400 varieties – and the lovingly restored William Andrews Nesfield’s Avenue Gardens, the park really is a space where the beauty and inspiration of nature is celebrated in the capital.
It’s not just in its green spaces that Regent’s Park offers attractions for visitors though, as it offers a range of other amenities that are sure to keep visitors happy and entertained, such as both the Open Air Theatre and London Zoo itself.
The Open Air Theatre
Located in Queen Mary’s Gardens, the Open Air Theatre offers a wonderfully different take on live theatre, with the unpredictability of the British weather – and the British public – making performances always a spectacle to behold.
With a changing bill of shows each year, the auditorium is the largest open air venue in London and has seating for up to 1,250 guests.
The outdoor nature of the venue makes performances a unique experience for visitors and the atmosphere is often electric, with four annual showcases held between May and September each year.
More than 140,000 people annually attend shows at the Open Air Theatre, with the performers priding themselves on the breadth of theatregoers that are attracted to the stage every summer.
Why not visit London Zoo?
Finally, anyone planning a visit to the area, whether travelling alone, as a couple or with their family, should not underestimate the attraction of seeing some of the world’s rarest animals up close and in the flesh.
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) place the care and respect for all the animals at London Zoo as their top priority, meaning visitors can be assured that all of the animals that call the zoo their home are properly cared for at all times.
An array of events take place at the zoo every year, with details available via the ZSL London Zoo website.
Guests can enjoy a range of unique experiences during their day, including encounters with many of the animals all in the presence of their expert keepers.
London Zoo truly is a spectacular attraction for visitors from around the world.