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London Zoos and City Farms

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ZSL London Zoo

The Grade II listed Giraffe House, built 1836-7

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ZSL London Zoo
ZSL London Zoo
ZSL London Zoo
Battersea Park Children's Zoo
Deen City Farm
Deen City Farm
Hackney City Farm
Hackney City Farm
Hackney City Farm
Kentish Town City Farm
Kentish Town City Farm
Kentish Town City Farm
Mudchute Park & Farm
Mudchute Park & Farm
Mudchute Park & Farm
Mudchute Park & Farm
Spitalfields City Farm
Surrey Docks Farm
Surrey Docks Farm
Surrey Docks Farm
Stepney City Farm
Stepney City Farm
Vauxhall City Farm
Vauxhall City Farm
Vauxhall City Farm
 

 

From giraffes to guinea pigs, all creatures great and small live in London. Head to the city's zoo, farms and animals habitats to get a close encounter with London's wildlife.

 
 

ZSL London Zoo

The world's first scientific zoo contains 12 listed buildings, 12,000 animals & 650 species.

ZSL London Zoo ZSL London Zoo Where:
, Regent's Park Outer Circle, London London, NW1 4RY
Category: Attractions for Kids

Regent's Park Outer Circle, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 4RY

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 
 

London Zoo in Regent's Park is one of the world's most famous zoos and home to over 12,000 animals. 'Meet the Animals' shows are held daily, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about the animals from their keepers. Rare and beautiful creatures can be seen in the Aquarium, Gorilla Kingdom, the Clore Rainforest Lookout, Penguin Pool, Butterfly Paradise and in the 3.6 million Tiger Territory - the latest improvement at the zoo. The 'Animal Adventure' children's zoo gives kids the chance to experience the sights and smells of the animal kingdom up close. You can even feed and touch the goats and sheep and meet the donkeys, llamas and pigs. Much of the zoo's work reaches beyond the confines of its walls, helping with the conservation of endangered species. From the cute meerkats to the creepy rats and bats, animals of all shapes and sizes call London zoo home. Every child in London should go at least once.

 
 

Events at ZSL London Zoo

Tigers Live!
OngoingFree Event

25th to 31st Jul 2014 - Various Times | Free, plus standard admission prices

 
Giants And Dragons
OngoingFree Event

25th to 31st Jul 2014 - 2pm | Free, plus standard admission prices

 
Pygmy Hippos Live
Ongoing

25th to 31st Jul 2014 - 3.30pm | phone for prices

 
Drawing & Monoprinting: Workshop (Ages 4-11)
On Soon

Wednesday 6th August 2014 - 10am-3pm | 55

 

Learn observational drawing skills.

Streak For Tigers
On Soon

Thursday 14th August 2014 - 7pm-9pm | 15

 

Strip off and run around the zoo to highlight the plight of tigers.

All events at ZSL London Zoo
 
 
 

Battersea Park Children's Zoo

Battersea Park Children's Zoo is home to a host of farmyard animals, flamingos, otters and monkeys.

Battersea Park Children's Zoo Battersea Park Children's Zoo Where:
, Battersea Park, London London, SW11 4NJ
Category: Attractions for Kids

Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 
 

Battersea Park Children's Zoo is home to a host of glorious creatures. There are farmyard animals, flamingos, otters and monkeys, as well as peacocks which roam the enclosure. It is a beautiful spot, and a friendly well-run attraction which was saved from closure after a year-long struggle between the council and local residents. Although comparatively small, Battersea Park Children's Zoo is a wonderful institution. The animals are clearly happy in their, mainly outdoor, accommodation and the setting itself is magical. This little-known gem is a great place to go with younger children as part of a stroll round the Battersea area. The zoo entrance is at Chelsea Gate on Queenstown Road, Battersea Park, near the Peace Pagoda close to the river.

 
 
 

Freightliners City Farm

This working farm, located in the heart of Islington, has a wide variety of animals.

Freightliners Farm Freightliners Farm Where:
, Sheringham Road, London London, N7 8PF
Category: Attractions for Kids

Sheringham Road, London, N7 8PF

Tube: Caledonian Road Station

 
 

This working farm, located in the heart of Islington, has a wide variety of animals ranging from rare breed pigs and goats to new born lambs and chicks, many of which can be adopted through the farm's Adopt an Animal Scheme. Founded in 1972 on waste land behind King's Cross Station, Freightliners Farm was so-called because the animals were housed in railway goods vans. Since then, the farm has moved and the animals have gained purpose built homes, erected in 1988. The farm also boasts some stunning ornamental and kitchen gardens, five beehives and a Wednesday afternoon gardening club. If you're after some fresh, home-grown, homemade produce this is the place to pick it up. Fruit, vegetables and honey all produced on the premises are available from the farm's popular shop. The Strawbale Cafe is aptly named; built by farm volunteers out of traditionally jointed green oak with straw bale insulated walls and a green roof, its open Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 3.45pm, serving tea, coffee and cake. This is a rural haven in the heart of the city.

 
 
 

Deen City Farm

Goats, horses, chickens, ducks and geese are just some of the animals who live at Deen City Farm.

Deen City Farm Deen City Farm Where:
, 39 Windsor Avenue, Merton Abbey, London London, SW19 2RR
Category: Attractions for Kids

39 Windsor Avenue, Merton Abbey, London, SW19 2RR

Tube: South Wimbledon Station

 
 

Two alpacas and a snow-white peacock are just some of the unusual animals proud to call the five-acre Deen City Farm, on the fringes of the South Wimbledon, their home. Goats, horses, chickens, ducks and geese are also to be found at the farm which is based on National Trust land, part of the Morden Hall Park Estate. As well as the amazing collection of cuddly creatures, Deen City Farm also boasts an incredibly resourceful programme of events and activities. Youngsters can have fun learning all about looking after animals in the Young Farmers Club. Grooming, feeding, mucking out and playing with the farms animals form part of this educational but fun group. Quizzes and games, along with hands-on activities, make the Own a Pony Club absorbing and enjoyable for young children while arts, crafts, games and cooking are used to support the Discovery Club. There's also horse-riding throughout the year - pony rides take place every Wednesday at 12 noon giving children under the age of eight a short session in the saddle.

 
 
 

Hackney City Farm

In the 1800s fresh produce was grown here to feed the people of the city, now it's home to petting animals, calves, sheep & pigs.

Hackney City Farm Hackney City Farm Where:
, 1 Goldsmiths Row, London London, E2 8QA
Category: Attractions for Kids

1 Goldsmiths Row, Hackney, London, E2 8QA

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 
 

This inner city site was used as a farm as far back as the early 1800s when fresh produce was grown here to feed the people of the city. Hackney City Farm was home to West's brewery from late 1880 until the 1930s, supplying beer to its own public houses in Hackney Road and nearby Bethnal Green, as well as a variety of businesses from furniture makers to button manufacturers and a haulage company. But it returned to its function as a farm in 1984 and now houses small petting animals, calves, sheep, pigs, Amber the goat and Larry the donkey - who starred in a nativity parade at Westminster Abbey. Come lunch time the Frizzante cafe is highly recommended with its outdoor eating area, checked table cloths and kid friendly Mediterranean menu.

 
 
 

Kentish Town City Farm

With its organic garden, active breeding programme and ever-evolving range of animals, the 4.5 acre Kentish Town City Farm simply bursts with life, vibrancy and energy.

Kentish Town City Farm Kentish Town City Farm Where:
, 1 Cressfield Close, Grafton Road, London London, NW5 4BN
Category: Attractions for Kids

1 Cressfield Close, Grafton Road, London, NW5 4BN

Tube: Kentish Town Station

 
 

With its organic garden, active breeding programme, ever-evolving range of animals, pony rides (at the weekends, weather permitting), activities and school tours, the 4.5 acre Kentish Town City Farm simply bursts with life, vibrancy and energy. There are regular workshops and activities - the farm even has its own classroom - aimed at the under 5's and at children up to 14 years old, some of which are free and run on a drop-in basis. After school clubs include pottery and cookery workshops where all ages are welcome and there are holiday and weekend activities too. Adult riding and lessons are also available during the week, daytime only. There's always plenty to do down on the farm from feeding the animals to mucking out the stables and volunteers are welcomed. Guaranteed to brighten your day.

 
 
 

Mudchute Park & Farm

Mudchute's rural scenes create a sharp contrast with the high rise towers of Canary Wharf.

Mudchute Park & Farm Mudchute Park & Farm Where:
, Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, London London, E14 3HP
Category: Attractions for Kids

Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, Tower Hamlets, London, E14 3HP

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 
 

Located in the middle of the Isle of Dogs, Mudchute Farm and Park is one of the largest of London's city farms, covering a 32 acre site with its rural scenes creating a sharp contrast against the urban backdrop of Canary Wharf. One of three city farms within Tower Hamlets, Mudchute is the largest of them all with smaller sites at Stepney and Spitalfields City Farm. At Mudchute there's a wide range of farmyard animals, including sheep, pigs, horses, cows, ducks, geese and dogs, which are perfect for petting. A nature trail beginning near the Education Centre is also a great family activity. With numbered points of interest for your reference you can learn and explore at the same time. The farm's cafe, Mudchute Kitchen, set in the courtyard next to the Equestrian Centre offers a good selection of freshly made food, offering a welcome break for the farm's visitors, riders and office workers - get a world away from Canary Wharf in the short space of a lunch break. The farm also holds educational and seasonal special events throughout the year and school holidays including the Easter parade, Summer Open Day and the annual dog show, held in April.

 
 
 

Newham City Farm

A city farm that's home to most species of farm livestock and where the focus is on rare breeds.

Newham City Farm Newham City Farm Where:
, Stansfeld Road, Beckton, London London, E6 5LT
Category: Attractions for Kids

Stansfeld Road, Beckton, London, E6 5LT

Tube: Canning Town Station

 
 

Opened in 1977, Newham City Farm is one of London's longest established, as well as one of its largest, city farms. Home to an extensive range of farmyard favourites and rare breeds, there are cows, sheep, alpacas, goats and chickens. But the main attraction - for the smiling children who get to go on the horse drawn cart rides on special event days - is the huge shire horse, a true gentle giant. Though the focus is on rare breeds - there are Golden Guernsey goats, Berkshire pigs, Portland sheep and a Red Poll cow - this city farm is also home to rabbits, fish and a Harris hawk. The farm's pond is home to a host of geese and ducks while more exotic animals include a llama, wallabies and birds of prey. Ideal for families, there's an orchard, children's play area - across the road from the farm - and picnic benches as well as a cafe and a shop where they sell their own produce including freshly laid eggs and honey. Take an hour or two to enjoy this peaceful haven within a busy area of London, just a ten minute walk from Royal Albert station on the Docklands Light Railway.

 
 

Events at Newham City Farm

George Orwell's Animal Farm
On Soon

20th to 24th Aug 2014 - Various Times | 10, Newham residents 5, concs 7

 

A new adaptation of George Orwell's political satire, given a contemporary twist, from James Kenworth.

All events at Newham City Farm
 
 
 

Spitalfields City Farm

The 1.3 acre Spitalfields City Farm is a great place for a back-to-nature East End family outing.

Spitalfields City Farm Spitalfields City Farm Where:
, Buxton Street, London London, E1 5AR
Category: Attractions for Kids

Buxton Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 5AR

Tube: Whitechapel Station

 
 

There's loads to do at the 1.3 acre Spitalfields City Farm. Come and meet Bayleaf the donkey and Bentley the goat - just a few of the cute and cuddly animals dotted around this lush, sprawling plot. Other animal residents include a miniature Shetland pony, Kune-kune pigs, ducks, geese and North Ronaldsay sheep. There's an aviary which is home to a variety of small exotic birds, including budgerigars, zebra finches, and a cockatiel. At the adjacent Spiralfields Community Garden, largely run by farm volunteers, lettuce leaves, potatoes and beetroots are all grown in the veg beds, the place to get your hands dirty and grow your own. There's an outdoor play area and regular events including the hugely popular annual Goat Race which is held every spring. Located just a 10 minute walk from Liverpool Street Station, this is a great place for a back-to-nature East End family outing. The farm entrance is in Buxton Street (next door to Buxton School) and there's pedestrian access opposite the top end of Allen Gardens, a short walk from Buxton Street.

 
 
 

Surrey Docks Farm

Donkeys, goats and sheep at Surrey Docks Farm make you feel as though you've stepped into the countryside even though you're in an 18th century shipyard.

Surrey Docks Farm Surrey Docks Farm Where:
, Rotherhithe Street, London London, SE16 5ET
Category: Attractions for Kids

Rotherhithe Street, Southwark, London, SE16 5ET

Tube: Canary Wharf Station

 
 

All the animals on this 2.2 acre city farm on the south bank of the river Thames in Rotherhithe are organically reared. Donkeys, goats and sheep make you feel as though you've stepped into the countryside even though you're in an 18th century shipyard. Children can meet the animals - including cattle, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys and the very friendly goats - and learn all about farming including making honey and beeswax through special projects, events and workshops. It's the only city farm in London with a working forge where blacksmiths run educational workshops and give demonstrations creating beautiful objects out of metal. After talking to the animals you can relax at the Frizzante cafe or pick up some homemade jam at the farm shop which also sells fresh food produced in the various green and horticultural areas around the farm - at the orchard, herb garden and vegetable plots. Take the riverside Thames Path walk or the Thames Clipper for the most scenic route to Surrey Docks City Farm.

 
 

Events at Surrey Docks Farm

Dinner On The Farm
On Soon

Sunday 27th July 2014 - 5.30pm-10pm | 50

 

A celebration of London ingredients: artisans, growers, musicians, and chefs, enjoyed at the source. Surrey Docks Farm.

All events at Surrey Docks Farm
 
 
 

Stepney City Farm

A farm has been here since 1979 and since then Stepney City Farm has doubled in size to 4.2 acres.

Stepney City Farm Stepney City Farm Where:
, Stepney Way, London London, E1 3DG
Category: Attractions for Kids

Stepney Way, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 3DG

Tube: Stepney Green Station

 
 

A farm has been here since 1979 when local residents, schools, churches and community groups were consulted and a small patch of land was secured for the farm's use. Formerly known as the Stepping Stones Farm, the 4.2-acre Stepney City Farm runs several projects including a Community Growing Club, Saturday Craft Sessions and open volunteering sessions. The site has been through several incarnations since the 17th century. Worcester house (locally known as King John's Palace) once stood where the cows now graze and you can still see the ruins of the old Sunday school and the Stepney meeting house. Animals on the farm include pigs, goats, sheep and cows as well as ducks, chickens, guinea pigs and ferrets. Improvements are continually being made and in September 2012 a barn to house the animals during the winter months was opened and a rural arts centre where children can learn ironmongery, pottery and woodwork skills was launched. Free rural arts workshops for all ages run on the first Saturday of every month.

 
 
 

Vauxhall City Farm

Vauxhall City Farm is home to over 80 animals including Pango the Pig, Mavis the cow and DJ the horse.

Vauxhall City Farm Vauxhall City Farm Where:
, 165 Tyers Street, London London, SE11 5HS
Category: Attractions for Kids

165 Tyers Street, Lambeth, London, SE11 5HS

Tube: Vauxhall Station

 
 

Vauxhall City Farm was transformed from derelict land in 1977 by a group of eager and dedicated volunteers. Now this 1.5 acre working farm is home to Pango the Pig and DJ the horse as well as over 80 other animals used to being petted and pampered by visitors young and old. Pony-care classes and milking demonstrations are available on request, as well as a range of talks on the farm and lots of hands-on-work with the animals. The farm regularly hosts lively and creative play schemes packed with a range of activities including art workshops using rope, wicker and recycled materials. Workshops, education and training classes are also held at the farm including the Vauxhall City Farm Spinners who cultivate vegetables and plants in the community garden dyestuff to produce hand made yarns for weaving, embroidery and knitting. Certain activities and events are seasonal - at Easter, for example, the cute contingent of baby alpacas and goats are welcomed to their new home on the farm.