If you are coming down to London for Easter, the May half term holiday or simply as a weekend treat, there is so much to see and do in London, and you don’t have to travel far to reach the capital’s top attractions and many exhilarating days out. If you are visiting London with family, friends or even as a couple, one of the best attractions is just north of our hotel in Regents Park: London Zoo is an unmissable experience, and the recent birth of three new tiger cubs makes it even more worthwhile.
Join the Cub Fanclub at London Zoo
In February, five-year-old Sumatran tigress Melati gave birth to three healthy and adorable cubs. The cubs spent the first few weeks of their life being carefully nurtured by their mum, but yesterday, just in time for Mother’s Day, the three cubs made their way outside for the first time. After taking a cautious few steps outside, the three baby tigers were soon enjoying their new play area with some encouraging nudges from their mother. The cubs haven’t yet been given names as their gender is still unknown, but according to zoo keeper Teague Stubbington they have nicknames based on their personalities.
Explore a World Full of Wildlife
Although it isn’t guaranteed that you will spot the three tiger cubs, they are now officially allowed into “Tiger Territory”, so it is worth a visit to spot them and they will be visible far more frequently the more they grow. Aside from the tigers, London Zoo offers 17 other exhibits, including the amazing indoor rainforest; monkey kingdom, where you come up close and personal with cheeky black-capped squirrel monkeys; the adventurous gorilla tracking trail and, from Easter onwards, you can meet the adorable pygmy hippos in their new enclosure in the “Into Africa” exhibit. There is something for everyone at London Zoo; from seeing your favourite animal to watching an amazing live animal show where certain species get to show off their moves. Visit www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo for more information and tickets.
Stay in a Top London Hotel
When you’re having a trip away to the capital, you want to save as much money as possible to do the things you want to do; such as visiting attractions and eating out. Swinton Hotel is one of the best cheap London hotels, offering good value rooms without compromising on quality and comfort. Single standard rooms start at just £54 a night, and double basic standard rooms start at £69 a night. We are wonderfully located just off Gray’s Inn Road; a five minute walk from Kings Cross Train station and the nearest underground. This is a perfect base for attractions like The British Museum, The National Gallery, Camden town and, of course, London Zoo. If you do fancy mingling with monkeys and playing with penguins at the zoo, then simply hop on a Northern line tube to Camden and you can be at the zoo in 15 minutes.