With summer on the way, visitors to London are increasingly able to enjoy outdoor pursuits in pleasant weather – such as a trip to one of the world's most famous zoos.
ZSL London Zoo is one of the the capital's biggest tourist attractions and potential visitors should find plenty of good reasons to make their way down to its Regent's Park site in coming months.
This year London Zoo celebrated the grand opening of its new Tiger Territory exhibit, the new home for Jae Jae and Melati – two Sumatran tigers who now enjoy a £3.6 million enclosure with its own swimming pool, massive trees to climb and foliage designed to replicate their native jungles.
In honour of the feline residents, the zoo begins its summer programme by hosting three special screenings of last year's Oscar-winning Life of Pi next week.
This epic, awe-inspiring tale, based on the bestselling Yann Martel novel, presents the story of 'Pi' Patel – a 16-year-old boy shipwrecked and stranded on a lifeboat in the company of a Bengal tiger.
Guests attending the showings will be given a complimentary glass of champagne before embarking on an exclusive tour of the new tiger enclosure, coming face to face with Jae Jae and Melati through floor-to-ceiling windows. As the sun sets, they will don headphones for a high-definition screening of the film.
These unique events take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (April 29th, April 30th and May 1st), kicking off at 7pm. Tickets cost £20.
Furthermore every Friday night in June and July the zoo will open after hours and guests are promised cabaret, carousel, pop-up food stalls and bars. The zoo assures visitors that a nocturnal visit to some of the world's best-loved animals is definitely "London's wildest night out".
The zoo boasts a convenient central location and should be easy to find for tourists staying in London hotels. The closest tube stops are Camden Town and Regent's Park.