Zoo Lates Survival Guide

Welcome to your Zoo Lates Survival Guide - our handy hints to help you make the most of your wild night out!

Getting here

Make your way over to the ZSL London Zoo main entrance to start your Zoo Lates adventure. Doors open at 6pm. Directions to ZSL London Zoo

On arrival

  • Zoo Lates is a strictly over 18s event, please make sure you bring valid photo ID
  • No alcohol or glass will be allowed to be brought onsite
  • Bag searches will be carried out at the entrance
  • Last admission into the Zoo 8:00pm

What to do at Zoo Lates...

  • See over 800 species in a unique setting, including our Tiger Territory exhibit.
  • Bring your friends, your picnic blanket, your camera and your sense of adventure
  • Grab a bite from the International Street Food Festival or one of our catering outlets
  • Watch live animal demonstrations and feeds. Learn more about life at ZSL London Zoo with our Keeper Q&As
  • Choose your favourite tipple from the pop-up bars
  • Last admissions to Gorilla Kingdom are at 8.30pm
  • Other animal houses will start closing at 9.00pm.
  • The north bank will close at 9.00pm.
  • Penguin Beach, the Reptile House and BUGS are open until 9:30pm
  • It’s OK to have a drink as the sun goes down until 10pm closing time
  • Cash machines are located in the main gift shop and between the Amphitheatre and the main lawn

What NOT to do at Zoo Lates...

  • Bring alcohol, glass, balloons or pets into London Zoo
  • Disregard our ‘animal etiquette’ policy (please see below)
  • Please don’t eat, drink or smoke inside the animal enclosures

General Animal Etiquette

ZSL London Zoo is one of the world’s leading conservation organisations. Our animals are not pets - in fact many are part of crucial international breeding programmes.


  • Do not try to touch or pat the animals
  • Do not bang on windows or fish tanks
  • Do try to respect the animals
  • Do have fun but do try not to shout or scream
  • Listen to the keepers and our volunteers.
  • Our primates are some of the most sensitive of all of our animals. They can be easily upset. Please respect their space.
  • Our animals like to be the best-dressed at the party. You may be asked to remove animal masks and costumes for entry to some exhibits at Zoo Lates including Into Africa and primate exhibits.

Into Africa

Into Africa will close at 9pm – if you want to see the giraffes and the zebras or have a drink or a barbeque at the Safari Bar, get in early!

Drinking Responsibly

ID checks will be conducted at the entrance so please ensure you bring valid photo ID with you.

If ZSL staff believe you are drunk, disorderly or behaving inappropriately, you will be removed from the site by security.

Leaving Zoo Lates

Zoo Lates finishes at 10pm. Please leave ZSL London Zoo quietly and make sure you dispose of any rubbish in the bins provided (tippy-toes optional). Please leave quietly via the exit between the penguins and the main gift shop.

Join the party online

Let everyone know you are going to the wildest night out in London - tweet us at ZSL London Zoo using hashtag #zoolates


Zoo Lates competition - ricky the penguin

We’re looking for the best shot of our animals after hours, so snap your favourite and share on Instagram with #Zoolates.

After every Zoo Lates party we’ll pick our favourite and give the winner their own Kigu animal onesie, so they too can be a party animal!