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lime Events & Activities Review: London ZSL - Zoo Lates

Lime Review - Events & Activities

London ZSL - Zoo Lates

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Victoria Woode

Reporter: Victoria Woode

Another Friday night in the early days of summer, what better to do than head to the zoo for the start of London ZSL - Zoo Lates.

Upon arrival we were greeted by umpteen smells… no not animals but endless varieties of international street food from Spanish, French, Indian, Japanese, Ghanaian, Mexican, and American and of course British.  Once we had devoured our spicy bean filled burritos my friend and I headed to the penguin beach hut. I spotted at least 20 penguins in the distance simply chilling out, enjoying their evening and not living up to the Happy Feet fairy-tale! A small talk and quiz was being held here by the Zoo staff. To be honest the general stats about my penguin friends didn’t captivate me so I headed away swiftly to see what else the zoo had to offer!

Other animals that were still awake included Flamingos, monkeys, Lions and reptiles galore. 

There were lots of quintessentially British elements to tie in with the Jubilee weekend, so of course alcohol was flowing in all directions, some could refer to ZSL Lates as just another place to get drunk on a Friday night. I believe that it’s a refreshing, social yet educational environment with tons to see including cabaret and comedy. You can also get involved with Face painting truly fit into the animal atmosphere.

Make sure you have time for the silent disco, there’s something exhilarating about dancing in a zoo listening to 80’s pop without a care in the world!

Zoo Lates takes place every Friday in June and July. The zoo is open to over 18’s from 6pm-10pm. The average age group of the crowd was 20-30.


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