One may consider the Sea Life London Aquarium if you are looking for something a bit different. This attraction is located on the ground floor of County Hall on the South Bank of the River Thames in central London. It can be found near the London Eye and is a relative new attraction first opening in March of 1997.
About a million people visit every year. From Safestay Hostel you can be there in about 12 minutes using public transport. You will need to walk to Larcom Street (Stop C). Take the 12 Bus towards Soho.There will be 7 stops. You will disembark at Westminster BridgeCounty Hall (Stop D). From there it is a short 3 minute walk to the entrance.
The Sea Life London Aquarium opens at 10 in the morning 7 days a week. It closes at 19:00 (7 P.M.) but last entry is at 18:00. Special events and holidays may bring a modified opening and closing.
Ticket prices will vary from adult priority at 23.70 pounds on the day price to as low as 18.63 if you buy on line in advance and show up after 15:00 (3 P.M.) If you plan on visiting other attractions such as the London Dungeon, London Eye, London Eye River Cruise or Madame Tussauds combination tickets are available and cost effective. This is the result of Merlin Entertainment owning all of the above attractions.
Sea Life London Aquarium houses over 500 species of sea life from around the world and contains 14 themed zones over 3 floors. As London's largest aquarium it contains one of the largest collections of global marine life in Europe.
The facility uses more than 2 million liters of water (530,000 gallons). There are thousands of sea creatures that live at the aquarium so the visitor is sure to see a spectacular showing regardless when they visit.
There are more than 40 sharks from 12 different species. A major new feature of Sea Life London Aquarium is Shark Reed Encounter which contains 16 sharks. Guests will journey through a glass walkway which gives one close proximity to these creatures.
The three floor Pacific Display is followed by the Shark Academy which is interactive and very informative. Another new feature is the Penguins: Ice Adventure which gives the visitor a feel for Antarctica as they journey through the ice cave and interact with live penguins.
When arriving at the Sea Life London Aquarium it is a good idea to plan your experience to include interactive public feedings (which are scheduled), diving displays and touch pools. There are a number of “talk and feeds” planned throughout the day that the visitor can join. Sea Life London Aquarium is involved in a variety of educational programming and conservation. There is an ongoing effort to work with similar facilities from around the world.
All pictures are courtesy the Sea Life Aquarium in London. Please visit their website: VisitSeaLife.com
You can also find more information on the official London Tourism Board website: VisitLondon.com