Photo: William Warby

A visit to the world famous Battersea Park Children’s Zoo in the heart of South London is a must see stop for all children – and even the adults – living in or visiting the capital.

Open all year round, it offers an exciting animal experience that combines a zoo, animal encounters, a play area and a relaxing cafe. From giant rabbits to miniature Shetland ponies, monkey mayhem to the mouse house – this is the zoo that gets you up close and personal.

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is run by the Heap family, who have a passion for animals and experience of running two other wildlife parks at the Chestnut Centre in Derbyshire and the Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park in the New Forest. When Battersea Zoo was threatened with closure in 2003, the Heap family stepped in and saved it. This gave them a chance to create a zoo exactly the way they wanted it – turning it into an opportunity for youngsters to enjoy, respect and learn about the animals we share our planet with.


Chelsea Gate on Queenstown Road, Battersea Park, Battersea, London
SW11 4NJ
Tel: 020 7924 5826
Times: Summer, 10.00 – 17.30
Winter (from Nov 1st), 10.00 – 16.30 or dusk