County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Westminster, London
One of Europe's largest aquariums with two main tanks showing Pacific and Atlantic life and displaying marine life from 14 different climate zones. Highlights include feeding times which are held throughout the day. Highly recommended to pre-book tickets in advance to avoid delays or buy online to be fast-tracked. Children can do craft activities such as making badges, hats and mobiles - no need to book. Birthday parties also available. Open daily Mon-Thur 10am-6pm; Fri-Sun 10am-7pm (Christmas holiday times vary).
We strongly recommend you ring London Aquarium before you set off on your family day out, to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices. It may also be worth visiting the website for London Aquarium, www.londonaquarium.co.uk, to see if there are any special events on the day for which you may have to book a ticket. Please also be aware that if London Aquarium hosts birthday parties, this may limit the access in the cafe/restaurant areas.
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London Aquarium is indeed an amazing venue. Offering very close encounters with huge sharks, in a house-sized tank, hundreds of fantastically strange and multicoloured fish, and imaginatively designed as a venue, I thought it would be the perfect birthday for my son and a small group of his friends. Unfortunately, although the tour guide we (eventually) got was friendly, informative and interesting, and the lunch room, despite seeming 35 degrees, being cheerful and well equipped to house hungry boys... parents beware! The booking process was an utter nightmare. Conflicting messages between Merlin Entertainments Group and the Aquarium itself meant that on arrival we had to fight our corner to get the promised tour guide. If you are told there are party bags, ignore it - there were none, and certainly no "special gift for the birthday child" as we were informed during one of the four or five phone calls I had to make. I gather that birthday parties are no longer catered for, and this may be a good thing in the long run: parents who like their children's parties to run smoothly would be sorely disappointed. I strongly urge anyone considering taking a group to have a Plan B should their tour guides not materialise, and do not rely on phoning beforehand to cement any agreements! Despite this, London Aquarium is a fascinating venue, where a family could happily spend a whole day marvelling at the wierd-and-wonderfulness of the deep. Just accept that your booking may be, like the sea itself, an inconstant and wavering concept...