Preparing for your Trip

  1. Pre-Visit Recce

Once you have booked your trip you are entitled to a free preliminary visit to the zoo (one teacher per class). We strongly recommend this so you can familiarise yourself with the zoo and the location of toilets, lunch spots and workshops (if booked) and plan your route. We are also able to offer a pre-visit consultation with you over the phone or via video call, If you have not already booked these and would like to do so, please email quoting your 5-digit Order Number.



  1. Risk Assessments and other Health & Safety Information

Safety is our main priority and so we have prepared a range of guides to aid you in your risk assessment planning.

More information on risk assessment


  1. Plan your Route

We’ve introduced three routes around London Zoo:

  • Pink includes: giraffes, zebras, African wild dogs, Rainforest Life, pygmy hippos, lemurs, otters, and meerkats.
  • Blue is the shortest route and includes western lowland gorillas, tigers, the Reptile House and Komodo dragon.
  • Orange includes: lions, penguins, butterflies, squirrel monkeys and Tiny Giants.

 All three routes finish in the Zoo's central courtyard and can be taken in any order. If you are visiting within normal school hours, we recommend splitting into smaller groups (depending on your adult supervision ratios) and picking two routes for each group, stopping for lunch halfway.


To help you plan your route, please use the map below which includes details of

  • Recommended Lunch stops: There are a number of outdoor areas around the zoo where groups can sit to eat lunches that they have brought with them, which are marked on the map below.  We no longer have a bookable lunch space but areas to eat are marked on the map.
  • Workshop locations
  • Potential Quieter areas We recognise that some groups or children may need an area to chill out away from others, so we have highlighted areas we find are best for this.


PDF icon London Zoo Map for Groups_Classrooms & Lunch spots_Summer 2022 (743.35 KB)


Do you have a workshop booked? Check your workshop time and location on your booking confirmation email.

  • The Clore Rainforest Classroom, Huxley Lecture Theatre and the Education Centre meeting points are on the pink route
  • The Activity Den and the Lions Classroom meeting points are on the Orange Route


  1. Learning Resources


If you have booked a workshop, pre-visit information is included on the workshop information page to help you prepare your class.

If you would like to add a workshop to your trip, please check availability by emailing

Workshops are £45 each for a maximum of 35 students



     Self-Guided Resources

We have a great range of activity sheets and resources to help pupils to make the most of their time in the Zoo. These sheets are designed to encourage observation and discussion and the full range can be downloaded from our online resources.


  1. Support for students with SEND

Our goal is to create an experience that is accessible for people of all needs and abilities.


SUPPORTING learners with SEND



  1. Paying for your trip

You must pay for your trip at least two weeks before your visit via BACS or credit/debit card. Details of how to pay can be found on your booking confirmation email. We no longer accept cash or cheques, nor can payment be made on the day or after a trip. Visitor numbers cannot be changed once payment is made. We do not offer refunds for any students or paying adults who are unable to attend on the day.


If payment is not received by the date of your visit you will be sent an invoice. You will be charged an additional £25 administrative fee for this process.



  1. Travelling to the Zoo


Public Transport

Please see our complete guide on finding your way to the Zoo by public transport.


No Coach parking at the Zoo

ZSL London Zoo’s car park is currently reduced in size while essential Thames Water and HS2 works are taking place. Therefore, no coach parking is available. Coaches will be able to drop off & pick up in the car park but will then need to park elsewhere. Please ensure your coach company is aware. Details for coach parking locations near the zoo can be found on the Transport for London website at