While visiting London, we had the opportunity to visit the ZSL London Zoo.  This was one of the very first things we did, visiting on Easter Sunday.  I can’t think of a nicer way to spend a spring afternoon than walking through Regent’s Park, taking in the beautiful architecture and then coming upon the zoo to explore the magnificent wildlife that can be found within.

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Obviously, knowing our love of all things Harry Potter, you know we were looking forward to visiting the famous Reptile House, where a scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (aka Philosopher’s Stone in England) was actually filmed.  We were thrilled that this was one of the very first things we got to see upon our entry.

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It was really cool getting to see this in real life, adding to the Harry Potter highlights we had on our trip taking the movie tour and visiting the studio in Leavesden.

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There was a lot to see and do here at the zoo, including a special exhibit, Land of the Lions. It’s amazing how close you can get to these Asiatic lions, roaming as if they were in the Sasan Gir of India.  Absolutely beautiful creatures!

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We loved seeing the insects and spiders that could be found around the world, and somewhat grateful that they can’t be found where we live!

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The ZSL Zoo is very clean, spacious and well organized for a wonderful trip with the family.  Lots of hands on activities, many different animal species to see and learn about, and a friendly and helpful staff to help you as needed.  It is a great place to visit!

Be sure to visit their website for information on special events, exhibits and more!

*we were invited to facilitate a review, all opinions are my own.