Lonely Planet review for London Zoo
These famous zoological gardens have come a long way since being established in 1828, with massive investment making conservation, education and breeding the name of the game. Highlights include Penguin Beach, Gorilla Kingdom, Animal Adventure (the new childrens' zoo) and Butterfly Paradise. Feeding sessions or talks take place during the day. Arachnophobes can ask about the zoo's Friendly Spider Programme, designed to cure fears of all things eight-legged and hairy.