Mummy Diaries | Christmas @ London Zoo

Christmas at London Zoo, ZSL London Zoo, London Life, Family, Mummy Diaries, Family of 3, Toddler Time
Christmas at London Zoo, ZSL London Zoo, London Life, Family, Mummy Diaries, Family of 3, Toddler Time
Christmas at London Zoo, ZSL London Zoo, London Life, Family, Mummy Diaries, Family of 3, Toddler Time
Thursday 27 December 2018

Alfie had never been to the zoo before, so what better way to introduce him than with a whole day at ZSL London Zoo? I can’t think when we booked our combi-tickets for their festive event – but it included day admission and an evening slot (well 4:45pm) for the light trail spectacular. I couldn’t remember if I’d been to London Zoo before either, but if I had, it was so long ago!

I love that London is so easy to get to from MK, just a 40-minute Virgin train. It was then two stops on the Northern Line to Camden Town and a short walk – but we decided to walk straight from Euston to Regents Park... and it wasn’t a bad walk either. We arrived at the zoo at 1pm.

Eating and drinking at the zoo is super expensive, so I’d recommend eating beforehand, or bringing your own lunch. Alfie slept as we got off the train, so missed our sandwich stop at Pret – one of our first stops on arrival, therefore, was to get him something to eat. A children’s lunch box will cost £5.95 and consists of half a sandwich, drink, jelly and two snacks (we chose Hula Hoops and raisins).

With the zoo closing to the public at 4pm, we had less than three hours to look around – and we only covered about half of the animals in that time. We arrived at the penguins during the talk, so watched them being fed fish by the zookeeper. It was really interesting to hear about the different breeds of penguins at the zoo, but it was also so crowded. I stayed with the buggy, while Ash and Alfie went a bit closer and they managed to find one of the cubby holes with a window to see more clearly.

In terms of the walk-in enclosures, we saw butterflies, tropical birds and lemurs. I was terrified of the pigeons that flapped around in the cafe, crashing into the windows; but I was more at ease with the tropical birds. I love lemurs and we’d seen them before at Monkey World. We saw them just as they were enjoying dinner too and I can’t believe how tame they were, looking completely oblivious to the crowds of people (the majority taking photos on phones). We also visited the farm area and as buggies weren’t permitted, I was on duty again, while Ash and Alfie stroked the goats. I didn’t mind.

On our way to the shop and meeting point for the evening, we quickly went to the Africa area to see the giraffes. Unfortunately, it was getting dark and cold and they had gone back into their house. Thankfully, one poked their head out and I was able to see – so it wasn’t a wasted journey! We will have to go back in warmer climes, when it’s lighter... oh, and I’m still yet to feed them, so that needs ticking off soon!
Christmas at London Zoo, ZSL London Zoo, London Life, Family, Mummy Diaries, Family of 3, Toddler Time
Christmas at London Zoo, ZSL London Zoo, London Life, Family, Mummy Diaries, Family of 3, Toddler Time
Christmas at London Zoo, ZSL London Zoo, London Life, Family, Mummy Diaries, Family of 3, Toddler Time
Alfie fell asleep while we were waiting to start the trail and I believe he missed the majority of it – a shame, but even if he was awake, I don’t think he would have understood (and probably wondered where the animals were). There was a designated track, marked by signs and zoo staff.

The light tunnel was fabulous, so magical and wintry; the lasers by contrast, fun and a bit more upbeat. There were lit-up sculptures of animals, including giraffes, a lion and kangaroos. The tulip and butterfly installation was another highlight, along with the flying flamingos. There was also a massive Christmas tree made of sledges, which was beautiful by day – but even better at night. The penguin pool was also lit-up and fountains sprayed in time to music.

In the Christmas village, there was a grotto with Father Christmas and his elf performing; stalls selling festive drinks and snacks; and best of all, two open fires where you could toast gourmet marshmallows (£1.50 each). With so many flavours to choose from, I was spoilt for choice and had to sample two (opting for Christmas pudding and gingerbread), while Ash tried coconut... I could have eaten them all! That’s my sweet tooth.

Christmas at London Zoo ran from November 22 to January 1 but I would recommend going if they decide to do it (or something similar) again this year. Even if you don’t have children, it’s still an enjoyable experience and would be perfect for a date night, or just as a social thing with friends before your pre-Christmas meal/drinks!

Love, Lucy xx

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