Gir Lion Lodge

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Brand-new for 2016, Gir Lion Lodge is an exciting opportunity to stay overnight in the capital’s most unique destination.

Many hotels in London claim to have the best views, but here at ZSL London Zoo we can offer a room with a zoo!

Within roaring distance of the lions, Gir Lion Lodge is hidden away within our Land of the Lions development. Guests will bed down for the night in beautifully decorated lodges inspired by the welcoming charm of hotels in the lion’s native Gir Forest home in India.

In addition to the bespoke, luxury accommodation, guests will enjoy a delicious 2-course dinner and full-English breakfast. Entry into the zoo on both days and exclusive tours led by our passionate and knowledge hosts, are also included in the experience.

The experience runs six nights a week right through to December, with designated family-friendly nights and adult only nights to ensure each stay is specially tailored to its guests. There are nine lodges in total, each will provide accommodation for up to two adults and two children.

Your experience includes:

  • One night’s accommodation for two people (and up to two children aged 5-13 years on family nights) in a twin or a double lodge
  • Complimentary drink 
  • A delicious two-course dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Exclusive tours led by our passionate and knowledge hosts; sunset, torchlight and morning
  • Free car parking at ZSL London Zoo
  • Two days free entry to ZSL London Zoo (or one day ZSL London Zoo and one day to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo)
  • Use of the latest 4K Lumix DMC-GX80 camera to photograph unmissable moments while staying at Gir Lion Lodge, courtesy of Panasonic.

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The Gir Lion Lodge is a fantastic experience for animal lovers of all ages or those simply looking for somewhere unique to stay in London for a night.

Arrival You are welcome to enter ZSL London Zoo any time after 10am. If you arrive before 4.15pm, please feel free to leave your bags at our luggage store whilst you explore the zoo. The Gir Lion Lodge hosts will take your bags to your lodge at 4.30pm.
4.30-6pm

Welcome and Check In

Due to guest feedback, we have changed our checking in location. Guests are now welcome to check in to their lodge anytime between 4.30pm – 6pm. Please come to Gir Lion Lodge and one of our friendly hosts will show you to your private lodge. The first tour starts at 6.15pm so guests are welcome to relax in their lodges before this, or have a complimentary glass of prosecco while you explore Land of the Lions.

6.15pm

Sunset Tour 

Enjoy an after-hours tour, led by our passionate and knowledgeable hosts.

7.30pm

Dinner

Enjoy a delicious 2-course dinner with your hosts.

Beers, wines and soft drinks available to purchase.

9pm

Torchlight Walk

Head out on a torchlight stroll to see who is still awake whilst searching the skies for bats.

10pm

Relax

Once back at your lodge relax and then enjoy a good night's sleep.

7.30am

Morning Wake Up

Check out of your lodge at 8am and head to breakfast.

8am

Breakfast

Enjoy a plentiful breakfast with fruit juices, teas and coffees to set you up for the day ahead.

8.45am

Morning Tour

Enjoy an early morning tour before zoo visitors arrive.

10am

Experience ends

Feel free to spend the rest of the day at ZSL London Zoo or head to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Any questions? Please see our frequently asked questions or email info@zsl.org.

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Brand-new for 2016, an exciting opportunity to stay overnight in the capital’s most unique destination.

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Brand-new for 2016. An exciting opportunity to stay overnight in the capital’s most unique destination…

Within roaring distance of the lions, Gir Lion Lodge is hidden away within ZSL London Zoo’s upcoming Land of the Lions development. Guests will bed down for the night in beautifully decorated lodges inspired by the welcoming charm of hotels in the lion’s native Gir Forest home in India.

Creature comforts in each lodge

There are nine lodges available; five of them have double beds and four have twin beds. There is also a sofa bed in each lodge, which children (aged 5-13 years) can use on the family nights.

Whilst bright and colourful on the outside, the lodges are calming and simple on the inside.

  • Comfy beds with soft linen and pillows
  • En-suite with toilet, basin and shower (towels are supplied)
  • Bedside table
  • Sofa bed
  • Mirror
  • Lights, a heater and two power sockets to ensure you have a cosy stay
  • Private veranda with seating so you can soak up the atmosphere and relax
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary towels, shampoo / conditioner / shower are provided
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

Capacity

Each lodge can accommodate two adults. On family nights, a maximum of one adult and three children or two adults and two children are welcome. Children should be 5-13 years old. Over 14-years old are classified as adults.

Fully accessible lodge

We have a lodge which is fully-accessible for wheelchairs. Please ensure you notify us when booking so this lodge can be allocated to you if needed. This lodge has a walk-in shower and more spacious bathroom facilities so for comfort reasons please let us know if you would prefer this lodge, even if you do not require a wheelchair. Wheelchair users do have priority over this lodge though.

 

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What is included in the price?

Please visit the prices and bookings page.

How much does it cost?

Please visit the prices and bookings page.

Do members get a discount?

Members get a 10% discount on the first two full price places of the lodge. Members do not get a discount on the £50 child places.

Do I get a discount for single occupancy?

Single occupancy or disabled guests attending with a carer are entitled to a 30% discount on the full-paying price of two guests. This must be booked over the telephone (0344 225 1826). This discount is not valid alongside any other discount or voucher (e.g. Members or Patrons discount).

Can I pay a deposit to secure my booking?
We require full payment for your stay at the time of booking. The only exception to this is if you are booking out all nine of our lodges, please call 0344 225 1826 for more information.

Can I use Tesco Clubcard Vouchers to pay for Gir Lion Lodge?

Tesco vouchers are only accepted for general admission tickets (excluding car entry) when purchased on the day of your visit at the main gate. They cannot be used as payment for Gir Lion Lodge or any other ZSL experiences.

Can I spend the day in the zoo before/after my Gir Lion Lodge stay?

You can enter ZSL London Zoo anytime from 10am on the day of your experience and stay for the full day after. You are also welcome to visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for free on the day of departure from Gir Lion Lodge (parking or car entry is not included at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo).

Is there somewhere we can store our luggage during the day (arrival and/or departure day)?

Yes, we can safely store your bags for you at no extra cost. Further details can be found within the Guest Information Pack which you’ll receive once booked.

What are the age restrictions?

On adult only nights, young adults aged 14 years old and over, are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult. The accompanying adult must be over the age of 18 years old.
On family nights children aged 5 - 13 years old are welcome to attend. Children under 5 years old are not able to attend on any night.

Each lodge can accommodate 2 adults or 1 adult and 1 child, plus a maximum of 2 additional children. The additional children will sleep on a pull-out sofa bed and must be aged between 5 and 13 years of age. Children aged 5-13 years old must be staying in a lodge with an accompanying adult who is aged over 18 years old.

Young adults aged 14-17 years are welcome to stay in a lodge on their own but must have an accompanying adult aged over 18 years old staying in an adjacent lodge on the same night.

What will we do during the event?

Please visit the experience page.

What is in each lodge?

  • Comfy beds with soft linen and pillows
  • En-suite with toilet, basin and shower (towels are supplied)
  • Bedside table
  • Sofa bed
  • Mirror
  • Lights, a heater and two power sockets to ensure you have a cosy stay
  • Private veranda with seating so you can soak up the atmosphere and relax
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary towels, shampoo / conditioner / shower are provided
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

What do I need to bring with me?

Staying overnight at Gir Lion Lodge is an informal and relaxed experience so there is no need to dress up. We would recommend wearing comfortable warm clothing, suitable for the forecasted weather (perhaps even an extra layer for the night time torchlight tour) and sensible flat footwear is recommended. You will be provided with a torch for the torchlight tour.

Are there showers?

Each of the lodges has en-suite facilities, with a shower. Towels and basic toiletries are provided in the lodges. If you have forgotten your toothbrush, please ask your hosts who can supply you with a complimentary one. We have a fully accessible lodge (twin beds) which has a walk-in shower and more spacious bathroom facilities, please let us know if you would prefer this lodge for comfort reasons.

Are we allowed to bring a birthday cake?

You are more than welcome to bring a birthday cake with you; however you are not allowed to use candles in your lodge. Please give the cake to your hosts when you check in, and we can bring it over dinner.

Is Gir Lion Lodge wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Gir Lion Lodge has a lodge which is fully-accessible for wheelchairs. This lodge has two twin beds and an accessible en-suite with shower. Wheelchair users are able to bring along a carer and will receive a 30% discount on the full price of a lodge. Please call us on 0344 225 1826 to advise us of your requirements.

Can I bring a guest who has additional needs?

Yes, we welcome guests with additional needs. Do let us know if you are planning on bringing along a guest with additional needs by phoning 0344 225 1826 and we will do all we can to ensure that their needs are met wherever possible.

When do we need to arrive and how do we get there?

You can arrive at ZSL London Zoo anytime from 10am on your day of arrival. Guests can check into their lodges anytime between 4.30pm – 6pm. The first tour begins at 6.15pm so we ask that all guests arrive before 6pm. If you arrive between 4.30pm – 6pm, guests are welcome to relax in their lodge or have a complimentary glass of prosecco whilst they explore Land of the Lions.

Is car parking included?

Yes. Car parking within the ZSL London Zoo main visitor car park is included. Please ensure you bring along your confirmation to show the kiosk at the car park.

Can children under 5 come along?

Unfortunately children under 5 are not allowed to attend on any nights. Children aged 5 – 13 years old are only allowed to attend on family friendly nights.

Can I book a birthday cake, bottle of champagne or additional child’s ticket?

Birthday cake = £72, Prosecco = £28, Champagne = £59, Additional child’s tickets = £50

To book these extras please phone our Supporter services team on 0344 225 1826. These items need to be added at least 2 weeks before your experience.

Can guests visit ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on the day of departure?

Yes, guests can visit ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on day of departure only (not day of arrival). They need to take their Gir Lion Lodge confirmation and show this at the main gate. Car entry is not included in the price, but car parking is complimentary at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Can you cater for specialist diets?

Yes we can cater for vegetarians, vegans and a variety of allergies. We recommend notifying ZSL via email to info@zsl.org at least 2 weeks before the experience. Alternatively you can ring 0344 225 1826.

Do you cater for Halal diets?

We do not currently cater for Halal diets however you are welcome to enjoy the vegetarian alternatives.

How does the experience differ on adult only / family friendly nights?

The experience and itinerary is the same, some adults prefer to attend without children present. The content of the talks will be tailored to whether there are children present.

Can Gir Lion Lodge guests do Keeper for a Day?

Gir Lion Lodge guests can participate on Keeper for a Day at ZSL London Zoo at a reduced rate of £199 per person. This offer only applies on the day of arrival or day of departure from Gir Lion Lodge. It is up to them whether they do K4D on day of arrival or departure at GLL, if they decide to do it on day of departure then there will be a slight overlap and will miss the morning tour on GLL. However, as they are doing K4D then they will get to do other experiences instead. To book this please phone our Supporter services department on 0344 225 1826. This discount is not valid alongside any other discount or voucher (e.g. Members or Patrons discount). Please note: Our Keeper for a Day experience is only available Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and participants must be aged 16 years or over. For the full terms and conditions for Keeper for a day please see zsl.org/shopping-terms 

Group bookings

Guests are welcome to book all lodges out exclusively and they are entitled to a 5% discount of all lodge places. There is no discount on the children places. If groups are not booking out the lodges exclusively, the maximum number of lodges that they can book on one night is 5 lodges. It is not fair for other guests, if they book up more than this on one night. This discount is not valid alongside any other discount or voucher (e.g. Members or Patrons discount).

Animal encounters

We do offer Meet the animals experiences. Please see http://www.zsl.org/meet-the-animals for more details. Gir Lion Lodge guests are entitled to a 15% discount on all Meet the Animals experiences at either ZSL London Zoo or ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. This discount is not valid alongside any other discount or voucher (e.g. Members or Patrons discount). The Meet the Animals experience must be booked for the day or arrival or day of departure from Gir Lion Lodge. Each Meet the Animals experience have different participation restrictions, please see zsl.org/shopping-terms for full details.

Any other questions?

Please email us at info@zsl.org or call 0344 225 1826.

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See what industry experts made of our brand-new overnight experience, Gir Lion Lodge!

Daily Telegraph: "The Gir 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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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