Most of us city dwellers aren’t able to keep a pet around and it can be very depressing not having a happy dog or cat to come home to. The dogs you do get to see going for walks around the city are some compensation, but it’s just not the same if you don’t get to pat them. Thankfully London seems to be aware of this problem and provides many great ways to get acquainted with an excellent range of animals within the city. Whether for you, or for your kids who want to pat a chicken, there is lots of fun with animals to be had in London.
The Oxford V Cambridge Goat Race
Back for its seventh year and still growing in popularity; the Goat Race is a fantastic celebration of one of England’s best animals. Come down to watch three goats, named ‘Oxford’, ‘Cambridge’, and ‘And’, race around the Spitalfields City Farm. Created as a lighthearted alternative to the more serious and far less goat-y Oxford V Cambridge Boat Race this race is an absolute joy to attend. There will be lots of supporting entertainment on the farm including bands, booze, farm animals to pet, and of course goats. Take a bet on your favourite goat and book yourself in for a fun time. The race is held on the 11th of April.
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
If you’ve got kids and want to acquaint them with the animal world then you really can’t do better than the Battersea Park Children’s Zoo. With their delightfully hands on approach to learning about animals you are guaranteed to have a good time meeting and petting the animals of this wonderful zoo. You can see a wide range of mammals, birds, and reptiles and there is even an interactive play area for kids. If you are looking for things to do this Easter be sure to head here for the Easter Egg hunt; those mischievous animals could have hidden the eggs anywhere!
The London Zoo
Just up the road from the Montcalm Marble Arch, and through the beautiful Regents Park, is the London Zoo. The range of animals is enormous and you could easily spend an entire day wandering around and admiring them all. In particular the Families section, rainforest section, and Penguins are astonishingly well put together. Feeding schedules are available if you want to watch the animals eat and learn a bit about them from their handlers. I understand that looking at the animals isn’t quite enough though;it’s frustrating with so many lovely creatures and all out of reach. The London Zoo has you covered; book in to ‘Meet the Animals’and a zoo keeper will take you round to tickle an aardvarks belly or feed an animal yourself. The ‘Animal Adventure’ section is also an excellent option if you want to pet some animals. Llamas, goats, lambs, and even some bantam hens are available for patting in the ‘Touch Zone’.