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ZSL London Zoo Lodges Gift Experience, Family Nights

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An overnight stay at ZSL London makes a unique and exciting gift for the whole family.

Our ZSL London Zoo  Lodges is a hotel with a difference where you get the chance to sleep overnight at ZSL London Zoo.

Located a stone’s throw away from our group of Asiatic Lions, drift off to sleep in one of nine cosy lodges whilst listening to the sounds of the zoo at night. You won’t believe you are still in London!  

Before settling down for the night families are able to experience the zoo after dark. A knowledgeable guide will take you on three exclusive tours where you will meet amazing nocturnal animals that are not usually up and about during the day.

This gift voucher itself is presented in an attractive gift voucher pack, valid for our family nights only, with instructions on how to book onto this once in a lifetime experience.  

A stay at ZSL London Zoo’s Lodges is an ideal gift for the family that loves animals and wants to share an experience that is truly unforgettable.

This gift voucher is valid for our family nights. For our adult only overnight experience please click here

ZSL London Zoo Lodges Gift Experience includes:

  • Overnight stay in a lodge for two adults and up to two children
  • Three exclusive after-hours tours of the zoo at sunset, after-dark and in the morning
  • Knowledgeable guide on hand throughout the experience
  • Two days full access to ZSL London Zoo, with the option to visit ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on your second day
  • A delicious two-course dinner
  • Full English breakfast
  • Complimentary drink on arrival
  • Free car parking at ZSL London Zoo
  • Experience gift pack including one Gir Lion Lodge gift experience voucher
  • FREE shipping of the gift pack to any UK address
  • For more information please visit our Gir Lion Lodge homepage

This product can be found in collections such as:

Zoo Vouchers Gift Lodge Experiences Gifts for Lion Lovers Christmas Gifts

What to expect

Depending on arrival time families are welcome to explore the zoo or relax in their lodge, with the option for the adults to enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco whilst exploring the Land of the Lions exhibit next door to your lodge.

Once the zoo has closed you will be taken on your first sunset tour led by one of our passionate and knowledgeable hosts to see a variety of different animals. 

Following your first tour it will be time for dinner, which is a delicious two course buffet with the other families and our hosts.

After dinner your hosts will take you on a torchlight stroll through the zoo to see who is still awake and meet and feed some of our nocturnal animals that are rarely awake during the day.

Then it is time to return for you all to return to your lodge and enjoy a good night’s sleep whilst listening to the sounds of the zoo.

An early morning wake-up lets you enjoy a full English breakfast before heading off on a behind the scenes tour of the zoo to find out how our keepers prepare for a busy day looking after our animals.

The experience finishes with the opening of the zoo where you are free to explore at your leisure, or head off to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to see more amazing animals including elephants and rhino.

The Lodges

The gift voucher is for one lodge which sleeps two adults and up to two children.

Double and twin bed lodges are available with a pull-out sofa bed for the children.

Each lodge is beautifully decorated with a hand-painted mural depicting an animal from the Gir Forest in India. 

Each lodge has its own en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries and towels.

Full amenities include:

  • Comfy beds with soft linen and pillows. Choice of double or twin beds.
  • A pull-out sofa bed
  •  En-suite bathroom with toilet, basin and shower
  • Complimentary towels and toiletries
  • A heater and two power sockets to ensure a cosy stay
  • Private veranda with seating to soak up the atmosphere and relax
  • Hair dryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities


    Know before you book

    • The gift voucher is valid for one night for one lodge sleeping a maximum of two adults and two children or one adult and three children
    • Children must be aged between 5-13 years old and must be staying in a lodge with an accompanying adult who is over the age of 18
    • A fully accessible lodge is available
    • If you require a carer please let us know in advance as you are eligible for a discounted price
    • A large portion of the tour takes place outside and occurs rain or shine so please check the weather before you come and dress accordingly!
    • Your ticket will be forfeit if you cancel within 14 days of your reservation
    • Please see our full terms and conditions for more information


    • The gift voucher is valid for one year from the date of purchase
    • The overnight experience is available on select family nights throughout the year
    • All bookings are subject to availability so we recommend that you book your preferred date at least six weeks in advance

    How do gift experiences work?

    Simply purchase the gift experience and we will send a gift voucher to you or the recipient. The gift voucher includes all the information needed to book onto your Gir Lion Lodge experience.   

    For more information see our FAQ’s or get in touch with us at

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    by Andrew Weston

    I can't believe no-one's reviewed this before. It's a great experience. Myself, my wife and my daughter stayed overnight just before Christmas. We got a day at the zoo, with free parking, had our bags taken to the lodge, then had a bit of time to settle in before the evening's activities.

    These activities involved making snacks for the anteaters, and feeding them, having a tour of the BUGS building, getting a nice warm drink, then - because it was Christmas - the children had a meeting with Father Christmas, who had kindly agreed to stay late and let the elves look after the workshop for a bit.

    After a very good meal in the restaurant (drink was extra but the food was included) we were taken down to below the elephant house where we made up bags of spices and herbs for the wild dogs to rip up in the morning. This activity apparently varies from day to day and we just happened to get wild dog enrichment! We also went into the nocturnal enclosure, which of course was just settling down to sleep during their 'day'...a bit tricky to get your head round, but all fine. Then it was back to the lodges, where the beds (including the sofa beds) had been made up.

    The lodges are spotlessly clean and whilst they're also rather small, that's probably because you don't really stay in them except when you're sleeping. It was a great, if slightly unnerving experience, to be woken in the night by roaring lions and other animal noises! We were up at about 5:30 the next day, because that let us get into the walkway above the lion enclosure, where armed with a cup of tea and a camera we got to witness them waking up and roaring in the dawn light...a great experience. Then back to bed, of course, for a couple of hours.

    Breakfast was a full, cooked affair (other less calorific options were available) and then it was a tour to the areas that are usually busy during open hours in the zoo...the komodo dragons, the wild dogs (who seemed delighted with our sacks of spice), feeding camels...and then it was a bit of free time, with the zoo essentially empty for about 30 minutes before the main doors opened.

    You're free to stay at the zoo all day; we ended up leaving at about 2pm, I think, after lunch. An incredible experience and one that I'd repeat immediately if it was possible. Do it - it's great.


    by by Noah jones

    I had the best experience of my life I got to feed the warthogs popcorn and the penguins at penguin beach I went behind the scenes and met a couple of new friends animals are my faviroute thing my faviroute is the giraffe the keepers who took me on my tour where called jo and Rosita


    by By Noah jones

    This has been the best experience of my life. The keepers that took me on my tour were called Jo and Rosita they were two very nice people they let you ask lots of questions. They have a lovely lion called Bhanu