London Summer To-Do List: The Sunset Safari

London summers are jammed full of fun and exciting events and activities to get yourself involved in. ZSL London Zoo has been a huge part of tourists hearts for many years, and this summer has a special surprise for those looking to see the zoo in a new light.

I headed along to the new, Sunset Safari series to see what all the fuss is about, and of course, get a photo of Meredith the sloth.


Into its second year, the Sunset Safari series has a number of evening activities for zoo-goers to experience the animal kingdom in a new (dusk-covered) light. The event is on Friday’s only in June/July and it is a really cool way to watch the animals at one of their most active times.

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On arrival, be sure to get your face painted up for a cheap £4, or have some deliciously fresh street-food. The zoo grounds are dotted with pop-up bars and food vans, so you won’t have to wait long for a yummy snack or drink.

Make sure you also schedule your time and see the animal talks, such as the ‘Live! In the Rainforest’ where you can get to know my all-time favourite, the sloth. We hung around long enough for the sloths and anteaters to grab their dinner time feed and with less crowds than most weekends, the view was awesome.

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Feedings are also a must-see, with the giraffe and penguins having their dinners while you soak in the sunset. London Zoo is also home to a great butterfly house, where if you are lucky (and still) enough, you may get to hold a beautiful bug or two.

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The night also includes a great acoustic music stage surrounded by beanbags- the ideal way to wind down and have a drink to kick-start the weekend.

One thing to note that was really great for us too-young-for-family folks, the average age group was about 20-30 year olds, having a drink and chilling on the lawns. You can look forward to less lines, less crying kids and a lot more chances to see animals active than the usual zoo trip!

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Tickets: £15-£25 (depending on date) through

I was welcomed as a guest by ZSL Zoo and The Blogger Programme, but all opinions, as always, are my own.

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