ZSL London Zoo Wet Weather Guide

We all love the sunshine, but it is not something you can guarantee in London all year round! Luckily, ZSL London Zoo is great whatever the weather is doing. With a number of indoor enclosures and animal houses - some which even transport you to tropical climates - and plenty of sheltered spaces all around the zoo, discover your ultimate guide to a rainy ZSL London Zoo...


Indoor animal houses


The fish may be wet but you don’t have to be! Step inside the Aquarium and be submerged in an underwater world of exotic, beautiful and endangered fish including amazing coral reef displays.


Rainforest Life

An emperor tamarin at ZSL London ZooCold and rainy? How about hot and humid! Step in to the tropical heat of Rainforest Life and enter London’s only living rainforest. You will come face to face with a variety of amazing rainforest species including monkeys, sloths, armadillos and tamandua (a type of tree climbing anteater). Then head downstairs in to the Night Zone and see what the rainforest’s nocturnal animals get up to after dark.


Butterfly Paradise

This walk through experience protects you and our array of exotic butterflies from the wet weather! Butterfly Paradise offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about life cycles, biodiversity and climate change while surrounded by the hundreds of butterflies chosen to represent the 100,000 species that exist on the planet.


Blackburn Pavilion

Red Breasted Turaco Enter a world of lush rainforest foliage and waterfalls, and catch flashes of colour from the vast array of beaks, wings, and feathers fluttering on display, with many free flying around this tropical home. Follow the boardwalk into the tropical walkthrough where the rainforest environment is recreated. The lofty Blackburn Pavilion provides an abundance of space for the birds to fly through the foliage; you will feel like you are meandering through the heart of the Amazon!



B.U.G.S (Biodiversity Underpinning Global Survival) is the zoo’s cutting edge biodiversity and Conservation exhibit. It is the main place where invertebrates – animals without backbones – are displayed in the zoo as well as the home of In With The Spiders - the UK's first ever walk-through spider exhibit!


Reptile House

Reptile HouseThe Reptile House dates all the way back to 1926. Enter to find our amazing collection of reptiles and amphibians, including snakes, lizards, frogs and crocodiles! 


Dragons and Giants

Head behind the Reptile House to find the home of Ganas, our Komodo Dragon. With razor sharp teeth and toxic saliva that can fell a buffalo, ZSL London Zoo's Komodo dragon is a formidable predator.


Plenty of Sheltered Spaces

BhanuThe majority of our outdoor exhibits also feature sheltered spaces where you can see our animals out of the rain. From the train station at Land of the Lions, to the two large viewing areas at Tiger Territory, and our family of western Lowland Gorillas' jungle gym at Gorilla Kingdom - all are under cover.

In with the Lemurs has a large indoor area for both humans and lemurs alike and over at Happy Families make sure you check the window into the otters den, where you can often see ZSL London Zoo's family of oriental short-clawed otters cutely cuddled up together - rain or shine!

In Into Africa you can see inside our giraffe house and also see inside the indoor area (complete with hot-tub) of our Pygmy Hippos Thug and Nicky.


Baby two-toed sloth Lento

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With so much to see and do, a visit to ZSL London Zoo is the perfect day out for people of all ages.

Our Visitor Information page has all the information you need to plan your day.