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The Zoo in a whole new light

Zoo Nights


As the sun goes does down, the curtain goes up on the most original after-hours event of the summer: Zoo Nights at ZSL London Zoo, every Friday until 14 July, between 6pm and 10pm (last entry 9pm).

Live and new for 2017, this is the Zoo as you’ve never seen it before, serving up a unique mix of wildlife and city life that’s just for adults (18+) and only £17.50

Taking its inspiration from the natural world, Zoo Nights will celebrate bioluminescence – nature’s very own lightshow. And, as night falls over the city, stunning neon effects will transform the Zoo, creating an amazing backdrop for a trip to the Zoo like no other.

Zoo Nights is just for adults, so you’re free to explore the wildlife after hours, taking in fun tours and talks with grown-up themes: mating, death and the gruesome bits – it’s zoology, certificate 18!

And it’s not just our insect house that’ll be buzzing this summer. There’ll also be events dotted throughout the Zoo; you can test your knowledge in Zooniversity Challenge and become an eco-detective in an interactive, forensic trail that shines a light on the illegal wildlife trade.

Along the way you’ll meet street entertainers and stilt walkers and hear from ZSL's experts how Zoo Nights helps us to be a leading light in crucial conservation work worldwide.

When you’ve worked up an appetite, an array of street food vendors offer exciting flavours and unusual dishes from around the globe. This is no ordinary feeding time at the Zoo, and we keep herbivores and carnivores equally happy. There’s also a selection of pop up watering holes; where you’ll also find everything from beers and wines to soft drinks.

Book onto the Birds and the Bees guided tour* and learn from our animal experts all about the ins and outs of romance in the animal kingdom. Be forewarned our animals' love lives are not always pretty - this tour's not for the squeamish!

Zoo Nights is the unmissable event of the summer, live every Friday until 14 July, and tickets are strictly limited. To make sure you don’t miss this chance to see the Zoo in a whole new light, check out the latest tweeting, squawking and chirping on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

Please note: Gorilla Kingdom, African Bird Safari and the Casson will not be accessible during Zoo Nights. This event is 18+ only and we advise bringing sufficient proof of age for entry and alcohol purchases on site. Locker facilities will be unavailable for hire during the event. 

*Birds and the Bees tours are £10 per person and can be purchased following your ticket selection or onsite on the night.

Terms and conditions apply

Plan your Zoo Night

Make sure you don't miss a thing with our handy guide to what's on at London's most roarsome late event!

PDF icon ZSL Zoo Nights Planner 2017 (744.67 KB)


Upgrade to VIP

Make your visit to Zoo Nights even more special by upgrading to be a VIP!

Enjoy Zoo Nights before staying over in the Zoo in your own cosy lodge. If you’re lucky you’ll be woken by our lions roaring bright and early in the morning, before the team whisk you off for a full English breakfast and a morning tour!

What’s included in your VIP Zoo Nights Gir Lion Lodge package:

  • Exclusive after-hours tours of the Zoo after-dark and in the morning
  • Amazing animal encounters
  • Two days access to the Zoo, with the option to explore ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on your second day
  • Food and drink vouchers to use at an array of street food vendors offer exciting flavours and unusual dishes from around the globe.
  • Full English breakfast
  • A night’s stay in our luxury accommodation
  • Free car parking at ZSL London Zoo


Zoo Nights highlights

  • Live entertainment
  • Wild animal tales
  • Brilliant bioluminescence
  • Zooniversity Challenge
  • Street food
  • Pop-up watering holes
  • And much more...

Plan your evening

Make sure you don't miss a thing with our handy guide to what's on at London's most roarsome after hours event!