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The London Aquarium

The London Aquarium

Feature by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Searching for somewhere cool and interesting to spend a day? Then look no further than The London Aquarium.

Located on the popular South Bank of the river Thames, within the historic County Hall building, it’s only a short walk from Waterloo Station. And with the London Eye immediately adjacent, and Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament just across the river, it’s an ideal starting point for further exploration.

With over 350 species in over 50 displays and a staggering two million litres of water, The London Aquarium boasts one of Europe’s largest displays of aquatic life – from sharks, stingrays and clown fish, to moray eels, lionfish and crabs.

Divided into 14 zones, each representing different types of seas and waters, visitors can effectively travel the world – underwater, of course! For it’s all here – from freshwater streams, rivers and ponds, to coral reefs and the mighty Atlantic ocean.

And visitors can actually see fish being fed by divers in the main Atlantic tank, between 12 and 12.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, these times are subject to change.

There are also free drop-in talks throughout the day, plus a Touching Pool which, as the name suggests, gives visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with certain species.

I recently visited the Aquarium with a group of young children and they were entranced by these creatures from a different world – in particular, by the sharks. Just imagine coming face to face – and I do mean it literally – with these fascinating but deadly predators. The wonders of glass!!!

But for one little boy with his nose pressed to the glass of the Atlantic tank, it was the unexpected appearance of a diver, just inches away and waving with his free hand, that made the biggest impression.

Times: Sunday to Thursday: 10am to 7pm (last entry 6pm); Friday to Saturday: 10am to 8pm (last entry 7pm); from July 23 to September 4(inclusive) open daily: 10am to 8pm (last entry 7pm).

Prices vary depending on the time of year.