London Zoo is the perfect way to spend a day when you have little ones, or even for the big kid in you. This was Minipreneur’s first trip to a Zoo.

ZSL London Zoo main entrance © ZSL London Zoo

From Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June, ZSL London Zoo will pay tribute to its Royal Patron, HM The Queen Elizabeth II, with a new outdoor picture gallery charting the Zoo’s royal history and a series of regally British activities in the Zoo’s blooming gardens. Visitors to ZSL London Zoo this May half-term are invited to join the Zoobilee Festival – a week-long wildlife-themed celebration to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

With children’s storytime sessions, face-painting, lawn games and a series of four-legged visitors throughout the day – including alpacas Alpacaccino, Cuenca and Cookie, and the Zoo’s herd of friendly pygmy goats – ZSL London Zoo’s Zoobilee Festival is the perfect half-term day out with the family.

Pygmy Hippo © ZSL London Zoo

Grown-ups can relax on summer deckchairs, or picnic under colourful bunting, while children can bring their treasured teddies to join the wildest Teddy Bear’s Picnic around.

Penguin Beach © ZSL London Zoo

However, whatever date you choose to go, you can have a wonderful day out. Perhaps pick up a real picnic from the Zoo’s Terrace Restaurant and snack on traditional British favourites including finger sandwiches and cream teas – surrounded by majestic Asiatic lions, Humboldt penguins and more than 14,000 other regal animals from around the world.

Asiatic lion Bhanu © ZSL London Zoo

Discover the kings and queens of the animal kingdom at a fun animal talk, or head to a pop-up Q&A with the Zoo’s team of expert keepers, vets and gardeners to explore more royal wildlife connections – such as which animals have natural ‘crowns’ and why.

Squirrel monkey © ZSL London Zoo

Identify the unusual species of tiger

We were pleased to hear about a new royal gallery celebrating international conservation charity ZSL’s long history with the Royal family, which dates all the way back to 1829, when ZSL was first granted a prestigious Royal Charter by King George IV. Find out about The Queen’s visits to London’s zoo as a child, before becoming Patron of ZSL upon her coronation – and how Her Majesty has supported the conservation charity and its two zoos, London and Whipsnade, in the 70 years since.

Princess Elizabeth visiting ZSL London Zoo in 1939 © ZSL London Zoo

Take photos next to the animals, but be careful which ones you get up close to!

Find ones that move a little more than others!

Western lowland gorilla © ZSL London Zoo

Even learn and explore the wonderful bug kingdom

Perfect day out for Minipreneurs and papa’s everywhere. We visited London Zoo but they also have one in Whipsnade which we will check out in the next holidays.

ZSL London Zoo
Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY
0344 225 1826