See what previous visitors are saying about ZSL London Zoo Lodges on TripAdvisor
“Being so close to the lions was a once in a lifetime experience, and such a treat to see all the other animals in the evening that were fast asleep during the day (such as fruit bats, pygmy hippos and the adorable ‘mystery animal’ (I won't give away what it is and spoil the fun but we all fell in love with her!). In the morning you'll be woken early by the male lion roaring and the parakeets in the trees, not something that happens every day!” CaroleO91, stayed February 2017
“A friend and I stayed last night as we both love London Zoo and conservation! The experience was truly unique and absolutely wonderful - the hosts were charming and incredibly knowledgeable, the food was delicious and having private tours of the Zoo was fascinating.” Varimcgaan, stayed February 2017
“Lovely staff, lovely food, lovely warm, comfortable accommodation. Thank you to all at ZSL London, especially the team who made this such a unique and special experience.” Loulou63Bath, stayed December 2016
“We've been to London Zoo many times but this trip gives you a much more involved and personal view of both the animals and how the Zoo operates. We'd all highly recommend this trip.” SallyFWatford, stayed December 2016
“Once in a lifetime unforgettable experience to see behind the scenes at London Zoo.” Claireizz, stayed December 2016
“So, what does a 70 year old want for his birthday? When I saw an article about the [London Zoo] lodges, I knew I had found the perfect present. And it was perfect on every level.” Rowena D, stayed October 2016
“We would thoroughly recommend this experience as a great way to spend a couple of days at the world's best zoo surrounded by some truly beautiful animals.” STW324, stayed September 2016
Here's what industry experts made of our incredible overnight experience, [ZSL London Zoo] Lodge!
Daily Telegraph: "The [ZSL London Zoo] Lion Lodge experience includes a sunset and then torchlight tour after the zoo shuts (with a two-course dinner in between). Guests get to feed animals that are rarely seen in the wild, and observe them up close in an uncrowded setting without feeling rushed. When we interacted with one of the zoo’s notoriously shy pygmy hippos, there was plenty of room for our group of around six couples to stand right next to his enclosure in enthralled silence. I can’t remember how long I stood there admiring his luxuriant brown glazed skin that resembled tempered chocolate, and watching him eat hay with revolted fascination, as a milky spittle formed on both of his mouth."
The Independent: "The best thing about staying at the zoo is the intimacy with the animals you experience when the crowds have gone, as well as being told insider secrets by the well-informed and endlessly upbeat guides. Off-peak it’s also incredible value for two days at the zoo, two meals, a complimentary drink on arrival, three tours and a night’s accommodation in extraordinary surroundings."
Financial Times: "Before breakfast, we joined lead keeper Paul Kybett at the edge of the enclosure. As Kybett flung in pieces of chicken and beef, the lionesses emerged and lined up to feed as the early morning light streamed through the trees. It was probably as good a viewing of lions as you could ever hope for. And all before the hordes descended and the soundscape of the zoo changed again with the arrival of flocks of chattering schoolchildren."
Daily Mail: "As darkness sets in, our senses are suddenly sharpened and the animals wake up. Owls hoot, aardvarks hoover up the ants we feed them, and lumbering porcupines splay white quills. And then there’s a low, ominous rumble, so deep you can feel it in your chest. Yes, the lions are awake."