Heritage & History

Original London Zoo ticket with illustrations of animals including elephants and zebra

As Zoological Society London reaches it's 200-year anniversary of founding, we celebrate the reimagining of many of our historic buildings including our Snowdon Aviary which became Monkey Valley, in 2022.

As part of our heritage tour of London Zoo, you'll find yourself dazzled with fascinating history at every turn.

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Colour illustration of the Llama Hut with added clocktower circa 1835 with camels, goats and a zebra

ZSL’s Clock Tower is the oldest ‘original’ building at London Zoo – even if...

Lubetkin penguin pool

Our penguins may have moved on to better lodgings at Penguin Beach – but the...

A large metal clock with moving parts outside the Blackburn Pavilion

Home to the iconic Tim Hunkin clock

Tiny Giants building at London Zoo

Taking inspiration from nature, this environmentally progressive building...

Old Round House at London Zoo in the snow

One of Britain’s first modernist buildings, this circular animal house was...

Painting which features ravens' cage after London Zoo opened

The earliest surviving animal cage to be built at London Zoo, the Ravens’...

Historic poster showing East Tunnel proposed design

One of the oldest surviving features of London Zoo, the East Tunnel was a...

Snowdon aviary

Britain’s first walk-through aviary was a bold and innovative piece of...

ZSL London Zoo history Mappin Terraces

The ZSL London Zoo history of the Mappin Terraces, the pioneering 20th...

1980's photo of our aquarium building, woman walks past with two children and buggy in front of aquarium entrance

The history of London Zoo's aquarium building.

1926 Giraffes and visitors

Conservation and architectural history of our giraffe house.

Original Winnie the Pooh, with a woman in Mappin Terraces

This statue commemorates one of London Zoo’s most famous residents – the...