ZSL London Zoo

 
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World's oldest scientific zoo
Opened since 1828, the zoo is home to more than 15,000 animals from more than 700 different species, from meerkats to moon jellyfish. Following years of of decline, the Zoological Society of London is redeveloping the London landmark with improved natural environments. Notable architectural features include the Mappin Terraces (1914) and the 1930s structures the Round House and, most famous of all, the Penguin Pool. Of close proximity to the Zoo is Primrose Hill — with its possibly unbeatable views of the London landscape — and adjacent ever-so-quaint chain-store-eschewing shopping street Regent's Park Rd, serving locals such as Jude Law. In Gloucester Avenue are celebrated gastro pubs the Engineer and the Landsdowne. Buzzy Camden Town is only minutes away, reachable via a footbridge en route to Chalk Farm tube station [very good ice cream at Marine ices just opposite] or, in the other direction, via the Regent's Canal — an excellent and atmospheric walk best started via the entrance on Albert Rd near St. Mark's Square, just opposite the church.

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      BBUC Over a year ago

      Large zoo but needs updating.
      We were excited to go to this zoo but after getting there we were disappointed that exhibits were not more friendly to the animals, seemed like an old world zoo rather than a modern one. Just expected it to be better for a world class city.

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