Reviewed by Sabrina Fancy
Over the Easter break, I had the pleasure of taking the children to the SEA LIFE London Aquarium on the South Bank of the River Thames in the County Hall building view views of the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. One of the first things that we saw when entering was the fascinating shark tank where some of the world’s most beautiful but terrifying predators gracefully patrol the waters – you walk over a glass viewing window in the floor and can see the sharks swimming beneath your feet! A great start to the visit!
There are species from warm and cold climates. The cute penguins were one of our favourites!
Our main reason for attending the aquarium was the check out the new Rainforest Adventure which recently opened a week ago.
The New Rainforest adventure is a world of its own! There is a real feel of an adventure! The music, lighting, earthy smells, foliage and the flooring which actually feels like dirt – it made us feel like we were transported to the Amazon.
We encountered various creepy crawlies, anacondas, water dragons, some fearsome freshwater fish, crocodiles, piranha’s and poison dart frogs.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that SEA LIFE acts as a rescue centre, in particular many rescued terrapins including Bauser, a snapping turtle, who was rescued from Richmond Park by a ranger and brought to the aquarium. I was told by the manager that once someone brought an octopus in!
While some people gripe about the price of admission (from £20.40 per person), I feel that it is money well spent and feel good knowing about the numerous creatures that the aquarium has saved and taken in after being abandoned.
SEA LIFE London is a great day out for all ages!
Tickets cost from £20.40 online (£21 child / £26 adult walk up prices).
For more information or to book tickets online visit www.visitsealife.com/london.
SEA LIFE London Aquarium, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB