Opening times

You'll need to pre-book a timed arrival slot before your visit. Slots grant entry between either 10am-2pm or 12noon-4pm, with last entry at 3pm. Find out more here.

ZSL London Zoo is normally open every day of the year except Christmas Day. 

Dates Opening Last entry Closing
2 December – 12 February 2021 10:00 15:00 16:00
  • Last admission is one hour before advertised closing time
  • Some animal exhibits may close up to 30 minutes before closing time
  • For your security, bag checks will be carried out as you enter the Zoo. Please have your bags ready for checking. Thank you for your co-operation.

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On-site facilities opening hours


  • Our main gift shop [near penguins] is open 7 days a week from 10am until the Zoo closes.
  • Our Reptile kiosk (directly in front of you as you enter the Zoo) is open at weekends only, from 10am until last admission to the Zoo (please see the above table)

Eateries and cafes

  • Coffees and hot drinks are available from our Barista Bar, outside The Terrace Restaurant from 10am until the Zoo closes. The restaurant is open for indoor dining from 11.30am - 3.30pm.
  • Peckish Parrott, our cafe in Animal Adventure, is open 7 days a week from 10am to 3.30pm
  • Our Aquarium Kiosk, between the reptile house and our old Aquarium, is open from 10am - 2.30pm
  • Our Penguin Beach hut is open on weekends only between 10am - 3.30pm until 25 October 2020

Bag checks in progress

We always want to make sure that ZSL London Zoo is a safe and secure place to visit. In line with increased security measures being implemented across the UK, we will be carrying out bag checks at the Zoo entrance. We would also recommend, wherever possible, you leave large bags at home. 

Terms of entry

  • Permission must be obtained for all filming and photography for commercial purposes
  • Children under 16 will not be admitted without an adult
  • Bicycles are not allowed on Zoo premises
  • Rollerskates, rollerblades, skateboards are not allowed on Zoo premises. Children's scooters are permitted as long as they are supervised by an adult. No adult scooters are allowed on site.
  • Heelys roller shoes must not be used as skates, but may be worn as shoes
  • View full terms of entry here. 
A meerkat at ZSL London Zoo

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