Located within roaring distance of our Asiatic lions, guests can experience ZSL London Zoo in a whole new light and discover what happens when visitors go home...
Ever wondered what it would be like to sleep over at the Zoo? Find out for yourself with a stay at the Gir Lion Lodge, luxury accomodation in the heart of the zoo.
The Gir Lion Lodge is hidden away within our Land of the Lions development where guests will bed down for the night in our beautifully decorated lodges inspired by the welcoming charm of hotels in the lion’s native Gir Forest home in India.
Your experience includes
- Exclusive after-hours tours of the Zoo at sunset, after-dark and in the morning
- Amazing animal feeds
- Two days access to the Zoo, with the option to explore ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on your second day
- A delicious two-course dinner
- Full English breakfast
- A night’s stay in our luxury accommodation
- Complimentary drink on arrival
- Free car parking at ZSL London Zoo
Book to be a VIP at our Zoo Nights event at ZSL London Zoo! On selected Friday's in June (1,8,15,22,29) and July (6,13,20) as the sun goes does down, the curtain goes up on the most original after-hours event of the summer. Zoo Nights 2018 will let you see the Zoo as you’ve never seen it before, serving up a unique mix of wildlife and city life. Our VIP Zoo Nights stay includes the following:
- Entry to ZSL London Zoo from 10am
- Free car parking (subject to availability)
- Welcome drink on check in at your lodge.
- 1 night’s cosy accommodation for 2 adults in an ensuite twin or double lodge.
- Food vouchers to use at one of the many food stall available on the evening.
- Entry to Zoo Nights Event.
- Full English breakfast.
- Private morning tour with the chance to help feed some of our animals their breakfast
- Spend the following day at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo or ZSL London Zoo
For more information on our Zoo Nights events please click here
The Gir Lion Lodge is a fantastic experience for animal lovers aged five years and above or those simply looking for somewhere unique to stay in London for a night.
Please note: If you have booked onto a selected Friday in June (1,8,15,22,29) or July (6,13,20) the itinerary below will be altered so that between 6-10pm you will attend our Zoo Nights Event. For more information on our Zoo Nights events please click here
|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.|
Welcome and Check In
Guests are welcome to check in to their lodge anytime between 4.30pm – 6pm (4pm-6pm during winter opening hours)
Please come to Gir Lion Lodge and one of our friendly hosts will show you to your private lodge. The first tour starts at 6pm 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.
Enjoy an after-hours tour, led by our passionate and knowledgeable hosts.
Enjoy a delicious two course dinner with your hosts.
Beers, wines and soft drinks available to purchase.
Head out on a torchlight stroll to see who is still awake whilst searching the skies for bats.
Once back at your lodge relax and then enjoy a good night's sleep.
Morning Wake Up
Check out of your lodge at 8am and head to breakfast.
Enjoy a plentiful breakfast with fruit juices, teas and coffees to set you up for the day ahead.
Enjoy an early morning tour before Zoo visitors arrive.
Feel free to spend the rest of the day at ZSL London Zoo or head to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
Make you experience even more memorable by including one of our animal experiences!
Gir Lion Lodge guests can participate in our Keeper for a Day experience for £199 per person.
Call our team on 0344 225 1826 to book or find more information here
If you have a favourtie animal you could add on one of our Meet the Animals experiences instead with 15% off advertised prices for Gir Lion Lodge guests.
Call our team on 0344 225 1826 to book or find more information here
Celebrating a special occasion?
Add a Birthday cake, Champagne or Prosecco to your order at checkout or give the team a call on 0344 225 1826 to add this on to your booking.
Cosy lodges tucked away in the heart of the Zoo
Guests have their own private lodge and each is named after an animal that you would find in the Gir Forest in India. There are nine available, five with double beds and four with twin beds. There is also a sofa bed in each lodge (except the accessible lodge), which two children (aged 5-13 years) can use on the family nights.
- Twin lodges: Leopard lodge, Chital lodge, Sunbird lodge and Kingfisher lodge
- Double lodges: Langur lodge, Flamingo lodge, Oriole lodge, Parakeet lodge and Peacock lodge.
Each lodge has its own en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries and towels provided to ensure you have the most comfortable stay possible.
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. This lodge does not have a full size sofa bed and can only accommodate 1 additional child.
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.
Facilities in each lodge:
- Comfy beds with soft linen and pillows
- En-suite with toilet, basin and shower.
- Bedside table
- Sofa bed with soft linen and pillows for 2 children aged 5-13 years on family nights only. (Accessible lodge can only accommodate 1 additional child, due to smaller sofa bed).
- Coat hooks
- Kettle with hot drinks selection.
- Lights, a heater and two power sockets to ensure you have a cosy stay
- Veranda with seating so you can soak up the atmosphere and relax
- Hair dryer
- Complimentary towels and toiletries are provided
Gir Lion Lodge is open from February until December. All of the prices displayed are based on two full paying guests per lodge. Discounts are available for single occupancy and guests with disabilities.
We run both Adult only and Family friendly nights. On adult only nights participants must be aged 14 years or older and on family friendly nights children must be aged five years or older.
The itinerary is the same on both types of night however our Host team will tailor the talks and activities on the tours for our younger guests on family friendly nights.
Please note: If you have booked onto a selected Friday in June (1,8,15,22,29) or July (6,13,20) the usual itinerary of tours will be altered so that between 6-10pm you will attend our Zoo Nights Event. For more information on our Zoo Nights events please click here
|Lodge based on 2 adults sharing||Prices from £378 per lodge
(£189 per person)
|Lodge based on 2 adults + 1 child sharing||Prices from £428 per lodge
(£142.67 per person)
|Lodge based on 2 adults + 2 children sharing||Prices from £478 per lodge
(£119.50 per person)
|Single lodge occupancy (30% discount)||Prices from £264.60 per lodge|
|Wheelchair user + carer (30% discount)||Prices from £264.60 per lodge
(£132.30 per person)
|ZSL member (10% discount)||Prices from £340.20 per lodge
(£170.10 per person)
Please note that discounts cannot be used in conjunction with each other.
Each lodge can accommodate a maximum of two adults (or one adult and one young adult). Young adults aged 14 years old and over, are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult.
Adult only groups are welcome to attend on family friendly nights too.
Children aged 5-13 years old are welcome to attend on family friendly nights only. Unfortunately children under five years old are not able to attend on any night.
Each lodge can accommodate two adults or one adult and one child, plus a maximum of two additional children. The additional children will sleep on a pull-out sofa bed. The Accessible lodge can accomodate two adults or one adult and one child, plus a maximum of one additional child.
The prices above are per person for the first two guests per lodge. It is the same price for two adults or one adult & one child. Additional children (a maximum of two per lodge, one in the accessible lodge) cost £50 each.
Gir Lion Lodge gift vouchers are are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. They are £418 for an adult only voucher or £500 for a family friendly voucher. Please call our Supporter Services team on 0344 225 1826 to purchase.
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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) or via our website. 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 (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 accessible lodge can accommodate 2 adults or 1 adult and 1 child, plus a maximum of 1 additional child. 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?
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
- 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. 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. I can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults ( or 1 adult and 1 child) and 1 additional child, due to the size of the sofabed. 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 (4-6pm during winter). The first tour begins at 6pm 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 = £38, Prosecco = £35, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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. This discount is not valid alongside any other discount or voucher (e.g. Members or Patrons discount).
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.
Is It staffed?
Yes. Gir Lion Lodge is fully hosted. Your experienced hosts will take you on tours of the zoo, join you for dinner, organize activities for children and ensure that everyone has an amazing experience.
Any other questions?
Please email us at email@example.com or call 0344 225 1826.
See what previous visitors are saying about Gir Lion Lodge 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 Gir 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, 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."
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."