Penguin Beach

Rainbow the Humboldt penguin at ZSL London Zoo

There will be limited access to Penguin Beach on Wednesday 29 January for routine maintenance. We apologise for the inconvenience caused. 

There are p-p-plenty of penguins at ZSL London Zoo in our stunning Penguin Beach exhibit – England’s biggest penguin pool!

Penguin Beach Live demonstration

Penguin Beach recreates a South American beach landscape in the heart of London, with stunning colony of Humboldt penguins.

The exhibit features a large pool with stunning underwater viewing areas so you can see how our flippered friends fly under water. The exhibit’s 1200 sq metre pool holds 450,000 litres of water!

Our large demonstration area turns feeding time in to an even bigger spectacle than before. Penguin Beach Live features twice daily feeds where visitors can watch the birds diving for their food.

Penguin Beach is a breeding facility for colonies of Humboldt penguins with a special penguin nursery, including a chick incubation unit and a pool where the youngsters can learn how to swim.

Visit our penguins

Humboldt penguin at ZSL London Zoo

Book Zoo tickets

Book your tickets now for a really great day out that makes a real difference!

Gifts for penguin lovers

A keeper and child with a penguin for Meet the Penguins encounter

Meet the Penguins

Get up close to our colony of Humboldt penguins at ZSL London Zoo!

Meet the Penguins


A Humboldt penguin at ZSL London Zoo

Adopt the penguins 

With an adoption pack, you can help to care for our penguins at ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoo, and support our worldwide conservation work. 

Adopt the penguins 

Penguin chick soft toy

Penguin gifts 

Find the perfect present for penguin lovers! 

Browse the collection

Find out more about the inhabitants of Penguin Beach


Daenarys the penguin in Penguin Beach

Get the zookeepers’-eye view down at Penguin Beach.

Sumatran tiger Jae Jae at ZSL London Zoo's annual stocktake

In January 2019, zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo dusted off their clipboards, calculators and cameras as they prepared to count...

A Humboldt penguin at ZSL London Zoo

Meet our Head of Birds, Zuzana, as she talks about our fantastic colony of Humboldt penguins at ZSL London Zoo.

Rainbow the penguin chick at ZSL London Zoo

Discover how Rainbow was saved by heroic keepers at ZSL London Zoo

Book tickets online for great savings! Select Fast Track tickets to jump the queue.

Meet the Penguins experience at ZSL London ZooMeet the Penguins

Get up close to our colony of Humboldt penguins with a special Meet the Animals experience at ZSL London Zoo!


£54 per person

This experience gives you special access to a VIP area inside Penguin Beach, where our penguins will waddle over to meet you.

An expert Zookeeper will be on hand throughout the experience to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about our penguins.

Your experience

  • Meet and greet with our colony of Humboldt penguins
  • Discover more about this amazing species by our expert staff who will introduce you to our colony
  • Kept to a maximum of four participants so you get quality time with the penguins


Meet the Penguins at ZSL London Zoo

What to expect on the day

This 15 minute experience begins with a health and safety briefing from our friendly staff who will then take you to a special VIP area inside Penguin Beach. Our inquisitive Humboldt penguins will then come over to meet you.

Each one of our penguins has a different personality and our staff will be on hand to tell you who is who and answer any questions you may have about penguins.

Please note that you will not feed the penguins. They have a special diet which is very smelly and we wouldn't want you smelling bad for the rest of the day! 

There will be a maximum of four people taking part in the experience, giving you lots of time with the penguins.

Tip: Penguin Beach is different to other beaches, so instead of flip flops we advise guests to wear closed toe footwear for this experience.


How the experience has adapted

To keep everyone safe during this pandemic, we have made a couple of small changes to this experience to ensure that you have a great time! We have reduced our capacity on this experience from six to four participants to allow everyone to socially distance and give you plenty of opportunity to meet the penguins. Hand sanitiser is provided at the beginning and end of the experience, which we encourage all participants to use. Masks are not compulsory on this experience, though you are welcome to wear one. If you have any specific questions, please get in touch with us by emailing


Know before you book

Important information before booking your Meet the Penguins experience:

  • Children must be at least 8 years of age and be accompanied by an adult who must also purchase a Meet the Penguins experience ticket. There must be no more than 2 children per adult. 
  • General admission is not included and must be purchased separately.
  • You must wear appropriate closed toe footwear for the experience.
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers cannot participate in our Meet the Animals experiences. 
  • Tickets are for personal use only and may not be sold on. 
  • For participants with a disability or learning difficulty, please contact on for advice before purchasing any of our experiences.
  • Accompanying carers will be given access to the enclosure free of charge. Free Carer tickets must be obtained in advance and can be purchased over the phone only. Please call 0344 225 1826 to book.
  • Please arrive on time to ensure that you are present for the health and safety briefing. We advise arriving 10 minutes before the experience begins.
  • Please see our full terms and conditions for more information

If you have any questions about booking please feel free to contact us.


Please be aware we are unable to offer this experience during August and September as this is our penguin's moulting season.


  • Meet the Penguins takes place daily at 12 pm and 1:50pm, daily from September through to July. 


  • £54 per person

Purchase a gift voucher through our online shop!

Please note: ZSL Gold members receive a 10% discount on this experience. Please call us to book on 0344 225 1826 or email

How to book

  • Book online here
  • Call us on 0344 225 1826

We also offer Meet the Penguins as a gift voucher. Please visit our online shop here to book as a gift for someone.  

2020 Dates and Prices


Meet the Penguins takes place twice daily at 12 pm and 1:50 pm.

Please note this experience is not available during August and early September. 

Book now >

Please note that if you are booking as a member, guests who are also members, can accompany you without booking a timed slot to visit, in advance. Please arrive together as a group, with your booked experience ticket and valid Membership card(s). If paying visitors would like to join a member on their Experience, they will need to book their timed slot to visit the Zoo, in advance.


This experience is wheelchair-user friendly. Please let us know at the time of booking if there are any access requirements.


£54 per person

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here

Penguin Beach