The wild side

London Zoo Lates silent discoOtters at London Zoo Lates

I’m overly-familiar with my inner child so I love the zoo.  Going to one of ZSL’s Zoo Lates has been on my must-do list for a couple of summers so I was very happy to tick it off last night.

Obviously, admission to the Zoo Lates involves seeing some animals but it also includes cabaret, comedy, silent disco, live music, a food festival, and a ‘transformation station’.  Childish attire (face-paint and animal costumes) is encouraged but the events are strictly over-18s as a considerable amount of alcohol is consumed by all!

It was such a fun evening and actually exceeded my expectations; we’ll be going back next year for sure and I’d definitely recommend it but you must book in advance as Zoo Lates only take place on Friday evenings in June/July and tickets always sell out!

Afterwards I met some friends in a pub in Camden where I caught the latter-half of the Olympic opening ceremony: wasn’t it spectacular?!  I knew Danny Boyle wouldn’t let us down, hooray for Mancunians!  I’ll be catching up on the parts I missed later today – whatever you have planned, enjoy your weekend :)

ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY (nearest tube Camden Town).

An African Hunting Dog at London Zoo Lates.Heron in the Penguin Beach at London Zoo LatesLondon Zoo Lates | food festivalA meerkat looking out at London Zoo LatesLondon Zoo Lates | Penguin BeachLondon Zoo Lates | carousel / merry-go-roundA Giraffe being fed at London Zoo LatesSunset at London Zoo Lates

(N.B.: I know some find zoos controversial.  I agree that animals should be able to live in the wild but often the zoo is the safest place for them to be, sad as that fact is, and ZSL does a lot of fantastic conservation work which I fully support.)

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  • Kylie

    Awww it looks lovely in the evening. I might take Eva again soon, I remember the butterfly house is quite good there. I am quite happy to see smallish animals in the Zoo most of them are very happy. I remember seeing the poor big cats very confined though and passing up and down. The large animals I feel are better off in the Safari style zoos like longleat near Bath. Lots of space to wonder quite freely, but yes sadly lots of animals are safer in captivity, such as Rhinos :( xx

  • Akaleistar

    Looks like a wonderful event!

  • Andrea

    I love Zoo’s :) Looks like a great evening. The photo’s are great. The giraffe one is my favourite x

  • chiaweb

    During my stays in London I never went to the zoo. I think next time I’ll be in the city I’ll visit it!
    In which pub did you go in Camden? I used to go to the Spread Eagle, Camden Palace and The Good Mixer!
    ciao :)

  • jo

    Never heard of zoo lates, i’m deffo making sure I go to this next year.

    Jo. x

  • Sarah Betty

    Heeey, this looks like so much fun :) I went last year and had an awesome time.
    Your photos are beautiful.

    Sarah Betty xx

  • Caroline @

    I love going to the zoo too, I’m such an animal dork :) I don’t even kill a fruit fly. This looks like a really cool zoo. Glad you had such a good time!

  • lola

    I haven’t been to the zoo in forever, these pics have got me all nostalgic, I might plan a trip soon xx

  • Jess Corcoran

    wow, sounds like you had an amazing time, what a lovely way to spend a summer evening. lovely pictures too, xo

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  • [email protected]

    this looks sick! I really like the picture of the bird by the water, found your blog from cupcakes&cashmere!

    xx Hannah
    (excuse my dodgy photography)

  • Vickie

    sounds like a wonderful way to visit the zoo. Love the light in the first & last photo & the otters are so cute!