London Zoo has provided
generations of children with hours of fun since it opened in 1847. And this
summer, the after-hours Zoo Lates is bringing
grown-ups into the action too.
From 6 pm
to 10 pm every Friday, the Regent's Park enclosure opens its gates to those
over 18 years of age for some after-dark entertainment. Naturally the 17,500 animals
– from gorillas and tigers to butterflies and penguins – are the main
attraction. And not to be missed is the Tiger Territory, the recently opened
£3.6 million home to two critically-endangered Sumatran
tigers named Jae Jae and Melati.
But animals aside, party goers can continue to monkey around at the
silent disco, where you dance to music played through individual headphones, or
in the adult-sized playroom, complete with a giant ball pit. Comedy and cabaret
acts such as Twisted
Cabaret and Auntie
Myra's Swingin' Safari keep everyone entertained, while pop-up bars, picnic baskets by Gordon Ramsay and a
rotation of popular food trucks ensure that everyone is fed and watered.
Face painting, animal masks and costumes are encouraged – although not
around the real animals (apparently they confuse easily). We can't think of a
better place to unleash your inner animal and go wild.
Zoo Lates is open every Friday night from 14 June to 26 July. Tickets
should be booked in
advance on the website.
Dalamal is the London Localite for BBC Travel