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Ever wondered what it would be like to sleep over at the Zoo?

Find out for yourself with a stay at the ZSL London Zoo Lodges, winners of the 2020 Visit London Experience of the Year!

Guests can experience ZSL London Zoo after-dark all year round, and discover what happens when visitors go home...

We have worked hard to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable stay. Please click here to find out how we have adapted our experience to ensure that you still get an amazing experience whilst staying safe during this time.

 

What makes this overnight experience special?

Location

The ZSL London Zoo Lodges is situated in extraordinary surroundings inside our Land of the Lions exhibit, where guests will bed down for the night within roaring distance of our Asiatic lions. Set in the heart of London Zoo and the greenery of surrounding Regent's Park, enjoy a night's escape from the bustle of London without even leaving the city! Expect to feel like you are very far away as you wake to the sounds of roaring lions, singing gibbons, honking flamingos, and our neighbouring native wildlife.

The Lodges

Inspired by the welcoming charm of hotels in the lions' native Gujarati home in India, our beautifully decorated lodges have a traditional feel and are each themed to a different animal found living with the lions in the Gir forest. 

Our nine lodges are cosy with either double or twin beds and an en-suite bathroom. Each lodge has a private veranda so that you can sip your bedtime tea whilst listening to the sounds of the Zoo at night.

Gir Lion Lodge Accessible Lodge Interior


Your experience

A stay at the Lodges includes three exclusive tours, which all take place when the Zoo is closed to the public. 

On each tour quests will enjoy private viewing of various animals around the Zoo, guided by our experienced hosts who will share amazing animal facts and insider secrets about what goes on at the Zoo behind-the-scenes. 

No two days at the Zoo are ever the same and we like to keep what you see on our animal tours a surprise, so you won't know what animals you will see until you get here! 

Guests also get two full days access to the Zoo, with the option to explore ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on your second day.

Find out more about your experience 

 

What's included?

  • Three exclusive after-hours tours of the Zoo
  • Overnight stay in a private lodge - double or twin bed, en-suite, complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities 
  • A delicious dinner and breakfast
  • Complimentary drink
  • Free entry into ZSL London Zoo for two days either side of your night's stay. You are also welcome to visit ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on your second day
  • Free car parking
  • Exclusive 15% discount on our Meet the Animals experiences
  • 10% discount in the gift shop and restaurant

 

What we’ve done to keep you safe on our experience…

  • Our lodges receive a deep clean with Safe4 disinfectant which has proven to kill the coronavirus on surfaces.
  • Additional lodge items, such as teas and coffees, have been removed but are available at your convenience. A full menu of items will be available for viewing in your lodge.
  • Any touch points within the lodges such as light switches receive an additional disinfection clean. Hand sanitiser will be available throughout your experience and an en-suite bathroom in your lodge for handwashing and hygiene. Our towels and linens are sent off site to be professionally serviced.
  • Our tours have been adapted to ensure that you don’t miss out on our exciting animal feeds whilst keeping both you and our animals safe. This includes ensuring that we can socially distance throughout the tours.
  • Our catering no longer involves buffets. Instead, we are offering a new dinner menu in an exciting location, at tables that are spaced according to government social distancing guidelines with table service to ensure we follow strict hygiene regulations.

Click here to find out how the rest of the Zoo has adapted.
 

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We also offer stays at the ZSL London Zoo Lodges as a gift voucher. Please visit our online shop here to book as a gift for someone. 

 

 

Book Your Stay


Price 

Lodge from £165 per person based on twin share with each additional child place at only £50 each.

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here.

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Prices from £165 per person based on twin share & £50 per additional child
 

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We run both Adult only and Family nights. 

The itinerary is has a similar structure, however, our host team will tailor the talks and activities on the tours for our younger guests on Family Nights.

 

Adult nights

On adult only nights, guests must be ages 14 years or older.

Each lodge can accommodate a maximum of two adults (or one adult and one young adult). 


Rates

Lodge - twin share Prices from £165 per person
Lodge - single occupancy  Prices from £231
Disabled person and carer (30% discount)           Prices from £115.50 per person (£231 per lodge)

ZSL members receive a 10% discount on ZSL London Zoo Lodges. Please note that discounts cannot be used in conjunction with each other. Call us to book on 0344 225 1826 or email

 

Family nights

On family nights children must be aged 5-13 years old.

Unfortunately children under five years old are not able to attend on any night. 

Each lodge can accommodate a maximum of two people plus an additional two children. Additional children in each lodge will sleep on a pull-out sofa bed.

Price for each additional child is £50.00


ZSL members receive a 10% discount on ZSL London Zoo Lodges. Please note that discounts cannot be used in conjunction with each other. Call us to book on 0344 225 1826 or email

 

What's included?
  • Three exclusive after-hours tours of the Zoo
  • Overnight stay in a private lodge (double or twin bed) with an en-suite bathroom and complimentary toiletries
  • Dinner and breakfast
  • Free entry into ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo for two days straddling your evening stay
  • Free car parking
  • Exclusive 15% discount on Meet the Animals experiences
  • 10% off in our gift shop and restaurant
     

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2020 Dates and Prices

Dates 

ZSL London Zoo Lodges are open year-round.

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Price 

Lodge for 2 people from £165 per person per night (based on twin-share), with each additional child place £50 each

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here

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Lookout Lodge

Fancy escaping to the countryside instead? Lookout Lodge is an amazing overnight experience at our sister site, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

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Any questions?

Please see our frequently asked questions or email experienceenquiries@zsl.org

Guests staying at the ZSL London Zoo Lodges will enjoy three exclusive and insightful tours around the Zoo, all out of normal visitor hours, so you will feel like you have the whole Zoo to yourselves!

Led by our experienced hosts, our tours will give you an insider look at how we take care of our animals at the Zoo, and how we are working for wildlife around the world.

These tours are only available for guests staying at ZSL London Zoo Lodges, giving you unparalleled viewing of our animals when the Zoo is closed to the public.

 

What we have done to keep you COVID safe during your visit...

Due to COVID-19, we have amended our experience to follow government guidelines. To ensure the health and safety of all involved, changes have been made so that you don't miss out on our usual experience whilst still having a great time!

We have increased our cleaning regime and removed additional touch-points from within our lodges, which are now available upon request. The tours have been adapted to ensure that you don’t miss out on our exciting animal feeds whilst keeping both you and our animals safe. This includes ensuring that we can socially distance throughout the tours. Our catering offer has also been amended and tables socially distanced to two meters.

Please note: Updated Government Guidelines which came into effect on the 14 September 2020 restricts group bookings of more than six guests from visiting our Zoo, unless they are part of the same bubble.

Please do not attend our Zoo if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 within 2 weeks prior to your booking or you are self-isolating. In this instance, we are happy rebook your experience. Please call us on 0344 225 1826


Download the full experience packs here:

PDF icon ZSL London Zoo Lodges Summer Guest Pack (April-September).pdf (509.59 KB) (509.59 KB)

Winter experience pack (25 October-31 March) available soon!

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Upgrade your stay

Make your stay at ZSL London Zoo Lodges even more memorable by taking part in one of our animal experiences!

Guests staying at ZSL London Zoo Lodges get 15% off our Meet the Animals experiences. Find out which animals you can meet here

Call our team on 0344 225 1826 to upgrade your stay with an animal experience. 

 

Celebrating a special occasion? 

Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, birthday or treating yourself to a once in a lifetime experience, ZSL London Zoo Lodges are the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. 

Add a bottle of prosecco to your stay when you book or give us a call on 0344 225 1826 to add something special to your stay. 


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2020 Dates and Prices

ZSL London Zoo Lodges are open on select dates year-round.

Check availability >


Price 

Lodge for 2 people from £165 per person per night (based on twin share), with each additional child place £50 each

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here

TripAdvisor

 

Lookout Lodge

Fancy escaping to the countryside instead? Lookout Lodge is an amazing overnight experience at our sister site, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

FIND OUT MORE

 

Gir Lion Lodges

Any questions?

Please see our frequently asked questions or email experienceenquiries@zsl.org

Inspired by the welcoming charm of hotels in the lion's native Gujarati home in India, our beautifully decorated lodges have a traditional feel and are each themed to a different animal found in the Gir forest.

Our nine cosy ZSL London Zoo Lodge cabins have either double or twin beds and an en-suite bathroom.

Each lodge has a private veranda so that you can sip your bedtime tea or hot chocolate whilst listening to the sounds of the Zoo at night. 

Key facts

  • Located in Land of the Lions at ZSL London Zoo 
  • Double or twin beds (sofa bed for children on family nights)
  • Private veranda
  • En-suite bathroom with shower
  • Free Wi-Fi can be accessed within all nine lodges
  • Lodge from £165 per person (based on twin share) with each additional child place £50 each

We run both Adult only and Family nights.

On adult nights each lodge can accommodate a mximum of two adults.

On family nights each lodge can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children (or one adult and three children). Children must be between the ages of 5-13 years old. 

Please note that our accessible lodge can only accommodate a maximum of two adults and one child. 


In-room amenities

  • Comfy beds with soft linen and pillows
  • Sofa bed with linens (for children on family nights)
  • Kettle with selection of hot drinks
  • En-suite bathroom with toilet, basin and shower
  • Towels
  • Toiletries and other additional items available upon request


Lodges


Five double lodges are available: Langur lodge, Flamingo lodge, Oriole lodge, Parakeet lodge and Peacock lodge

Gir Lion Lodge Double Room Interior

Four twin lodges are available: Leopard lodge, Chital lodge, Sunbird lodge and Kingfisher lodge

Gir Lion Lodge Twin Room interior

 

One accessible lodge is available for guests with disabilities: Leopard lodge

This lodge is a DDA approved fully-accessible lodge and features a walk-in shower and more spacious bathroom facilities. A hoist is also available upon request.

Please note that the lodge does not have a full size sofa bed so can only accommodate a maximum of two adults and one child. 

If you would like to book the accessible lodge please discuss with us when you book. 

Guide dogs are also welcome to stay with notice. Please let us know if you have a guide dog that you are planning on bringing along on your experience by emailing experienceenquiries@zsl.org
 

Gir Lion Lodge Accessible Lodge Interior

 

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2020 Dates and Prices

Dates 

ZSL London Zoo Lodges are open on select dates year-round

Check availability >


Price 

Lodge for 2 people from £165 per person per night (based on twin share), with each additional child place £50 each

Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book online here

TripAdvisor

 

Lookout Lodge

Fancy escaping to the countryside instead? Lookout Lodge is an amazing overnight experience at our sister site, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

FIND OUT MORE

 

Gir Lion Lodges

Any questions?

Please see our frequently asked questions or email experienceenquiries@zsl.org

Enjoy a delicious evening meal and tasy breakfast at the ZSL London Zoo Lodges

Your stay at the London Zoo Lodges includes a complimentary drink, delicious dinner and breakfast.

 

Dinner & Breakfast

Following your sunset tour you will make your way to our Mappins Pavilion for your dinner for a delicious barbecue dinner. In the morning, enjoy your breakfast in the surrounds of the Zoo, listening to the sounds of the animals waking up.

Our meals offer a selection of dishes which are sustainable, seasonal and sourced as locally as possible. 

View our menus here: 

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Gir Lion Lodge Dinner
 

Special Diets

We can cater for vegetarians, vegans, Halal and a variety of allergies.

We recommend letting us know your requirements by email at least two weeks before your stay.

Alternatively you can ring us on 0344 225 1826.

*Menus provided are subject to change 

Do Gold members get a discount?

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

Is there a single occupancy surcharge?

Single occupancy lodges are charged a surcharge. Please head to our Rates page for further information.

Is there a discount for guests with disabilities?

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 London Zoo Lodges?

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 London Zoo Lodges or any other ZSL experiences.

Can I spend the day in the zoo before/after my London Zoo Lodge 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 London Zoo Lodges.

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?

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
  • 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
  • Complimentary towels, shampoo/shower gel
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

What do I need to bring with me?

Staying overnight at London Zoo lodges 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 walking around after sunset. 

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 London Zoo Lodges wheelchair accessible?

Yes, London Zoo Lodges has a lodge which is fully-accessible for wheelchairs. This lodge has two twin beds and an accessible en-suite with shower. It can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults (or 1 adult and 1 child) and 1 additional child. 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 from 4.30 pm (4 pm during winter). The first tour begins once the Zoo is closed, so we ask that all guests arrive before 6 pm.

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 London Zoo 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, Halal, and a variety of allergies. We recommend notifying ZSL via email to experienceenquries@zsl.org at least 2 weeks before the experience. Alternatively you can ring 0344 225 1826.

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

The experience and itinerary is almost the same with minor adjustments on Family Friendly nights made to cater for younger interests. Some adults may prefer to attend without children present. The content of the talks will be tailored to whether there are children present.

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 for additional child tickets booked (£50 per child). 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).

Is there Wi-Fi? 

Yes, free Wi-Fi can be accessed from within your lodge. 

Animal encounters

We do offer Meet the animals experiences. Please see zsl.org/meet-the-animals for more details. ZSL London Zoo 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 ZSL London Zoo Lodge. Each Meet the Animals experience have different participation restrictions, please see zsl.org/shopping-terms for full details.

Is It staffed?

Yes. ZSL London Zoo Lodges are fully hosted. Your experienced hosts will take you on tours of the zoo, join you for dinner, organise activities for children, and ensure that everyone has an amazing experience.

Any other questions?

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