Visiting the capital city with children in tow can be a very exciting but an exhausting experience; walking around all day, visiting sights such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace can lead to some very tired children. Accommodation is key, hotels such as the Shaftesbury Hyde Park International are central in the city which allows you to get back to the hotel easy enough if the little ones need a rest, however, if you pick the right activity, you may find that they will have the energy to go all day.
On the other side of the River Thames, a tube ride away from the Paddington Court Executive Rooms lies Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, a haven for parents everywhere. It is open to the public all year round, with the exception of Christmas day and Boxing day. The zoo is well known for being very reasonable with their admission with most of the funds going towards the upkeep of the animals and the conservation work.
Children from 2-16 years: £7.95
Children under 2 years: Free
Not only are their admission prices low compared to other sites in London, but Battersea Park Children’s Zoo also offer deals on entrance fees which can be found with special offers London hotels as well as 2 for 1 offers, to ensure as many visitors get to experience to zoo as possible.
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These beautiful creatures are being kept safe at the zoo due to the destruction of their habitat and being hunted for their meat and coats. Their glorious stripy tail is actually longer than their bodies and is used for a variety of things, for balance and for males to use in fights against other males; they do this by making their tails smell by rubbing it on the glands on their wrists then waving their take at the other lemur.
Part of the mongoose family, meerkats have now become a household favourite thanks to a certain television advert. They live in close-knit groups called a mob and are very territorial, they will do anything to protect their young and their home. They enjoy snacking on spiders, insects, birds and centipedes amongst other things, making them carnivores.
Aside from these exotic wonders, there are a few familiar faces to be seen, such as pigs, geese, donkeys, chickens, monkeys and mice. It is a guaranteed fun-filled day for all the family.
As well as a range of animals, there is also a play area that is suitable for children of all ages with a range of swings, slides and climbing frames. They can pretend to be kangaroos while jumping on the trampolines or act like lemurs while fine tuning their balancing skills; there is also an opportunity for them to show off their artistry in the chalk board barns.
The souvenir shop is not one to be missed as there is a wide choice of books, gifts, stationary, clothing and cuddly animals to choose from. There is also a chance to adopt one or more of the animals that you see in the zoo to help towards its up keep and happiness.