As far as wildlife goes, the city of London has much more on offer than masses of pigeons in Trafalgar Square. While feeding the birds can be an exciting pastime, the risk of being on the receiving end of their mess can be a little too much for some. Luckily, for animal lovers, this isn’t the only kind of beast you’ll see in the city and choosing a weekend break in London staying at Travelodge will give you a perfect base to explore further.
The London Wetland Centre
Heralded as the best urban wildlife centre in Europe, the London Wetland Centre in Barnes covers 105 acres of lakes and marshland to explore and can be found alongside the Thames, located just across the bridge from the Hammersmith tube station.
With over 180 species of birds, endangered water voles, amphibians, insects and bats, the Wetlands offer a great alternative during your trip to London, providing a tranquil spot that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets.
Homed in Regent’s Park, the London Zoo is the world’s oldest zoo, having opened way back in 1828. While it was originally intended to be a collection for the purpose of scientific study, it has been open to the public since 1847.
Home to a vast array of animals, from tigers and komodo dragons to meerkats and reindeer, you can be sure that any animal lover will feel right at home here.
This superb zoo is great fun at the best of times, without even considering the Zoo Lates programme of events that it has in store for the months of June and July.
With a new face at the zoo, in the form of a 15 year old silverback gorilla, a new giraffe experience and an opportunity to meet the penguins in an up close and personal encounter, London Zoo has something for everybody.
Book your tickets for one of the Zoo Lates evenings and explore the wildlife after dark. From pop up bars and street food festivals to cabaret and live acts, every Friday night the Zoo morphs into a completely different adventure.
SEALIFE London Aquarium
Ever fancied climbing into a steel cage and being lowered down into a tank of sharks? You can at the SEALIFE aquarium, amongst many other things. There are not many other places in the UK where you can say you can do that, is there!
Home to one of Europe’s largest collections of marine life, the SEALIFE centre is a sight to behold and with its close proximity to the London Eye and Westminster, you can combine it with some of the traditional sightseeing trips as well.
Perhaps a VIP turtle feeding experience is more your thing? These beautiful, majestic creatures are a joy to watch, never mind feed, and at the London Aquarium, you can feed Boris and Phoenix the green sea turtles as part of your day.
Make a visit to one of these fabulous attractions as part of your weekend break in London staying at Travelodge.