I hope you are well and have been making the most of the longer daylight hours we have been enjoying of late.
It’s been a while since I did a 50 Shades of Overcast but recently I headed out to London with some of my favourite people and went to The London Aquarium.
What is it?
As you may have suspected – it’s an aquarium located in London. It has plenty to see including sharks, fish, penguins and sea turtles. There is a new exhibit about jelly fish now as well. There are also daily feeds of the creatures and daily talks as well.
How do I get there?
The Aquarium is on the South Bank of the River Thames, located very close to the London Eye. Once you have got into central London, it is a short walk from either Waterloo or Charing Cross main line stations or from Waterloo and Embankment underground stations. The London Eye and the South Bank are clearly signposted and the Aquarium is clearly marked when you get close to it.
What should I wear?
The aquarium is all indoors and some of the exhibits are tropical so it is generally quite warm and there is no real need to wrap up warm. You will probably be walking to the aquarium though so it is worth taking into account whether you may get rained on on the way! Comfortable shoes are a must as there is quite a lot of walking involved and a few flights of stairs. If you are wrapped up warm for the outside, bear in mind that there isn’t a cloakroom so you will be carrying your bits all the way round.
What about food?
The aquarium doesn’t have any eating facilities nor does it have a picnic area for you to eat anything you have bought with you. However, as it is located on the South Bank there are plenty of places to ear near by. When we went, The Underbelly Festival was on so there were all sorts of pop up places selling refreshments. As you exit the aquarium, there is a handily placed McDonald’s but on this day we opted to go to Five Guys at Charing Cross.
How much does it cost?
In my opinion The Aquarium is quite expensive as it is not a “whole day” attraction and only really lasts a couple of hours. Tickets for an adult, when booked online start at £20.40 or when bought at the door are £26 each. For a child, the tickets online start at £16.30 and are £21 on the door. There are often offers available however, and we got a buy one get one free offer with Kelloggs. Sea Life is also part of the Merlin Group which means you get discounts and free visits if you are a Merlin Pass holder.
Anything else I should know?
It’s worth booking a timed arrival slot online so you will not arrive at the aquarium and be told that the wait is hours long. It’s also worth noting that is does get busier during school holidays and at weekends. There’s also a fair few levels to traverse so there are some stair to deal with, however, there are lifts on site. At busy times you may have to wait for the lifts as they are not the biggest. The toilets are also quite well hidden, so you may need to find a member of staff to ask them to direct you.
You will have your photo taken on your way in, and made to do some interesting poses, which you can purchase at the end of your day.
I hope you find this blog useful, please feel free to ask any questions or let me know of any recent trip you’ve made to the aquarium and what your favourite part was!
Stay Safe and Wonderful