Tour & Tea

Let our expert staff guide you around the Zoo and enjoy some refreshments afterwards to ask all your pressing questions! Get to know the Zoo from a different perspective through our series of tours; we have a different tour offered each week


The Experience

  • 30-minute tour followed by tea and other refreshments
  • Opportunity to ask our ZSL experts questions
  • Kept to a maximum of 15 participants
  • A different tour offered each week
  • Opportunities to head into staff-only areas to see the Zoo behind the scenes

Cream tea


Four tours have been created:

Welcome to ZSL London Zoo Tour

Never been to ZSL London Zoo before? Or are you a regular visitor who is keen to understand the ins-and-outs of how we operate and who all of our individual personalities are? Join our Zoo Tour to be introduced to our big characters and head down into our keeper’s kitchen to see how we look after our animals.

a tour of zsl london zoo

ZSL History Tour

Did you know that ZSL London Zoo is the oldest scientific Zoo in the world!? Opened in 1828, we have an incredibly rich history. Born as a scientific society, our Zoo has watched the City of London build up and around us. Let us take you on a journey through time for a richer understanding of how we got to where we are today. 

Conservation & Science Tour

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) runs conservation projects in over 50 countries worldwide, including within our own backyard, and even within our very own Zoo! Let us show you living examples of the conservation in action and have the opportunity to meet some of our ZSL experts. We can guarantee you’ll be left feeling inspired!

Botanical Tour

Our Zoo’s Horticulture team work hard to ensure that our animals are well fed and our gardens well-presented for our visitors. Learn about how we design and landscape inside the animal exhibits, offer areas for local wildlife to thrive within our grounds, and take a look inside our greenhouses to see what goes on behind closed doors!

Price and Availability

  • £28 per person for tour and tea. Excludes Zoo entry
  • 10% discount for Gold Members, Fellows, and Patrons. Your discount will automatically apply upon login to your account
  • Free disability carer tickets can be booked over the phone, subject to availability. Please call our friendly Supporter Contacts team to book on 0344 225 1826
  • Available on Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 pm during term time, on a fortnightly basis.


Know Before You Book

  • Children under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old who must also purchase a Tour & Tea ticket. There must be no more than three children per adult.
  • Please see our full terms and conditions for more information

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Tour & Tea Dates and Schedule

2 November 2021 - ZSL History Tour

7 December 2021 - Welcome to ZSL London Zoo Tour

4 January 2022 - Conservation and Science Tour


£28 per person excluding Zoo entry for a tour and cream tea

Gold members, patrons, and fellows receive a 10% discount which will be automatically applied upon login to your account.