Yesterday, we went to London Zoo to meet my friend N and her son J. I LOVE London Zoo – it is a fantastic, big, open space for the kids to explore – they also love the animals. As a one off, it is quite an expensive place to go but if you go regularly, you can buy an annual family ticket (which most people I know have) – this also gives you free entry to Whipsnade Zoo, outside London.
Today, my son had a nice, long chat with the man in the butterfly enclosure. Some people are very good at talking to children and this man was one of them. He explained the differences between the butterflies and moths and that they release the newly hatched insects into the enclosure at certain times in the day and evening.
They allow kids to ride scooters (which all three kids did) and balance bikes but not pedal bikes. Today, we went through the tunnel to Into Africa and the new lemur enclosure. The bit by the canal is looking really pretty now that it is Autumn.
One thing worth mentioning is that the food, while good, is fiendishly expensive. If you are a more organised, and less spendthrift, person than me, it might be worth bringing a packed lunch.
Leaving the zoo, we got to walk through a bit of Regent’s Park, which had some sports teams playing and was also looking absolutely beautiful.
I heard once that there are quite a few snakes in Regent’s Park, supposedly descended from a group that escaped a few decades ago. I’ve never seen any though and frankly, if they can keep the rats and mice away, they are fine with me.