Sea Life London Aquarium is one of Europe's largest displays of global aquatic life and features one of the world's biggest collections of Cownose rays, a glass tunnel walkway encased in a gigantic whale skeleton, and a Shark Walk.
Key Highlights at The Sea Life London Aquarium
- Thousands of marine creatures in themed settings
- One of the world's biggest collections of Cownose rays
- Gentoo penguins
- A glass tunnel walkway encased in a blue whale skeleton
- A Shark Walk
- Public participation feeding
- More feeding times and talks
Sea Life London Aquarium Review
There are themed zones across the aquarium and the first zone by the entrance always gets busy. Don't worry as it's not usually that crowded all the way through the aquarium.
You have to walk over the shark tank to enter the aquarium which certainly gets the adrenalin pumping. There's then a lift/elevator with an atmospheric soundtrack to take you down to the start of the exhibition.
There are plenty of displays close to the ground and platforms for stepping up, so it's great for kids. The exhibition information is presented on video screens that rotate if there are more than one species in the tank.
The ray pool has two glass sides so leave these for the shorter visitors and move round to the other sides as you can see just as much. Note: There is also room for buggies to be around the edge without blocking the path. Do enjoy watching the Californian Cownose rays but please be aware you must not touch them as it could damage their skin. A member of staff is always on hand to answer questions. There are dogfish in with the rays and they are very friendly so don't hang your hands over the side!
I had a wonderful dancing demonstration from a dogfish shimmying backward while vertical!
Don't feel you've been cheated by not being able to touch the rays as the next section is all about interaction and there are crabs, anemones, and starfish to touch (hand washing facilities are available).
Glass Tunnel Walkway
This is an exciting way to see the tropical fish and turtles as they swim right overhead. The tunnel has been constructed from a gigantic hand-crafted 25 meter-long blue whale skeleton. As you would expect, the tunnel is very popular, so don't block the way for other visitors in this area.
Top Tip: You can view the sharks from all floors - it's a huge tank. So don't crowd around the first window at Pacific Wreck. Walk round to the other side and you are likely to have a window to yourself.
Try and stick with your friends/family as the twists and turns in the dark can be quite disorientating. There are always arrows on the walls to guide you through. Definitely hold onto your children's' hands as it can be very easy to lose them in the dark galleries, especially when they are excited.
Rainforests of the World
Look out for dwarf crocodiles, Piranhas, and a family of Poison Arrow Frogs. You'll know you're in this section when the flooring feels like soft leaves and twigs.
When you finish on the lowest floor there's an elevator/lift and an escalator to take you up one level to the 'Thames Walk' that displays river life from the local area.
This is the home of the Gentoo Penguins and you can watch them in and out of the water.
This is a crustacean display including the gigantic Japanese Spider Crab (which can grow to 12 feet long) and the colorful Rainbow Crab.
Then it's a sweet shop visit before 'exiting through the gift shop' which stocks toys and souvenirs.
London Aquarium Visitor Information
The London Aquarium is located on the South Bank within the County Hall building. It is next to the London Eye and across the river from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
The London Aquarium
Westminster Bridge Road
Nearest Tube Stations: Waterloo and Westminster
Use Journey Planner to plan your route by public transport.
Telephone: 020 7967 8000
Check current prices online. You'll find the best prices if you book in advance. Note: Children under 3 go free.
Top booking tip: Book your tickets online and visit after 3 pm and not only do you get the best value ticket, but you also get to stroll around the attraction while it's quiet AND catch the penguins last feed of the day (4 pm).
Combined tickets are available for the London Eye, the London Dungeon and Madame Tussauds.
The London Aquarium is open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day).
Monday to Friday: 10 am to 6 pm (last admission 5 pm)
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 7 pm (last admission 6 pm)
Visit Duration: 1 to 2 hours.
Full disabled access with lifts/elevators to all levels. There are also disabled toilets on each floor.
Buggies and pushchairs can be used throughout and there is lift/elevator access to each level. Note: There is no buggy park.
No Eating and Drinking
The London Aquarium has a strict no eating and drinking policy, but there are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby.
You can take photos for personal use but you can't use tripods or a flash.