An Animal Lover’s Guide To London: 6 Pawfect Places To Visit

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There’s no shortage of animals in London. Despite the difficulties of owning pets in a big city, London is still barking mad for our furry friends.

London certainly isn’t the concrete jungle some people perceive it as. It’s part of England’s green and pleasant land after all, so it’s no wonder you’ll find loads of animal filled fun right here in the capital. Get down on the farm, monkey around at the zoo, or go underwater exploring.

1. Hackney City Farm

Escape to the country (kind of) and get back to nature at this rustic community farm. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with all of Old McDonald’s favourites – pigs, donkeys, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, and guinea pigs. They even sell fresh chicken and duck eggs and honey harvested from their bees. Entrance to the farm is free, but donations are appreciated. Find more details about their opening times and location here

2. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

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Here’s one for all you cat fanatics out there. The UK’s first cat café is the purrrfect place to enjoy some feline therapy alongside a coffee and a cake. Studies have shown that owning a cat can have noticeable health benefits – such as stress reduction – but if your landlord makes owning impossible, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can interact with your furry friends here, without committing to take care of them. A 90-minute visit with a drink costs £10 per person and you can find out more information here.

3. Richmond Park

Spend some time hanging out with Bambi and co. at London’s beloved Richmond Park. This National Nature Reserve is home to 630 red and fallow deer who’ve been rambling around the park for 380 years now (different generations of deer, obviously, they’re not super-powered immortal deer – although that would be cool).

Richmond Park provides animal lovers a fantastic opportunity to see real wild deer, roaming around in their natural habitat. You can even round off your day-trip by popping into a lovely park-based cafe. The Petersham Nurseries tea room is blooming marvellous or, we’d also recommend the adorable Hollyhock Cafe. For more information about the Richmond Park deer, check out the Royal Parks website.

4. ZSL London Zoo

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Just a hop, skip and a jump from Camden Market (okay, a 15 minute walk) ZSL London Zoo is always going to be a good option for an animal-filled day out. Or evening, as the case may be, because they’re currently holding a series of Zoo Nights – adult-only entry sessions every Friday from 2nd June to 14th July, between 6pm and 10pm – featuring light shows, street food and entertainment. Find out more information about Zoo Nights on the ZSL London Zoo website.

5. London Wetland Centre

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Another opportunity for authentically wild animal sightings arises at London Wetland Centre where you can spot lizards, bats, snakes, water voles, and birds galore from their hides. They also hold otter feedings twice daily, at 11am and 2pm so you’re guaranteed a look at these cuddly little critters even if you’re not able to keep quiet for long enough to spot much else. Find out more about wildlife sightings and opening times on their website.

6. SEA LIFE London Aquarium

Escape the daily kid-filled crowds at SEA LIFE London Aquarium with their after-hours event or simply stroll through the underwater world during opening hours – it’s all good. The main thing is, you’ll be able to witness the beauty of our underwater inhabitants without learning to scuba dive or strapping on a snorkel… Unless you want to that is. Find out more on their website.

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