Do you have holiday friends? Friends that you see every holiday? You have a lovely time and promise to see each other more often but it never quite happens? We have lots of lovely holiday friends, I guess being a teacher that will happen. We live for the holidays! And so it was with one of our lovely holiday friends – Charlotte and Oliver that we decided to take a trip to London to the London Aquarium
The Sea Life London Aquarium is a popular Aquarium in London on the South Bank near Waterloo station and as the trip takes around two to three hours to complete, it’s a perfect trip to combine with visiting other parts of London. We teamed it with a picnic and a trip to the Park that’s opposite the London Eye – it’s a great wooden climbing park.
The Sea Life London Aquarium has an exciting beginning – it follows a one way system which begins with a walk over the Shark Tank in semi darkness! You get to see the shark tank later close up – it’s amazing to see them swim so close as you are pressed up against the tank – this was Finlay and Oliver’s favourite part of the Aquarium. We had a brilliant moment where we saw our first shark bearing teeth and the kids’s literally jumped a few feet away from the side of the tank! Sadly I didn’t catch this on camera but next, we headed to the Sting Ray tank which is open topped so you see the Sting Ray’s coming up for food. The children were given Mission Ranger Packs which they wear round their necks with cards to help them feel like proper Rangers and lots of information and activities about the different animals and fish. They loved using the magnifying glasses which came with it – especially to spy on the clown fish. The cards and information made a great activity for the train ride home but it was a little busy to use all the cards and information whilst in the centre. I think this activity would probably work brilliantly on quieter days.
The Sea Life London Aquarium have also included a new Rainforest Adventure where you can see creepy crawlies and the U.Ks largest piranha collection. This part is really atmospheric – sound effects, darkness and lighting (complete with even a thunderstorm) made walking through this section really fun. Elodie enjoyed seeing the turtles (her favourite animal) and one was even eating a dead fish which they found intriguing. There are places in the Aquarium where you can pop your head up to be amongst the animals – I thought our little lot were very brave popping up to see the cockroaches walk all around them – yuck! Their are lots of other interactive things to do – Orla liked stroking a starfish and seeing the anemones up close.
I found that, despite the busyness, the London Aquarium is quite a calming place. I guess that’s why Doctors have them in some surgeries! I was totally mesmerised by the colour changing jellyfish! I mean, they don’t actually change colour but I think it’s something that they do with the lights. Either way it’s very beautiful!
Towards the end of the tour, you get to see our favourite section – the penguins! They were so cute waddling around! I love the funny facial expressions – they seemed totally bemused by us!
We had a lot of fun at the London Aquarium and it makes a great day out for families. It was also another activity ticked off our family scratch off bucket list (101 things to do with the family) which we have had a lot of fun with this year!
*We were gifted tickets in exchange for a review but all words and opinions are my own and we only recommend fun family days out that we’ve enjoyed!*