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Sea Life London Aquarium – Located in Central London.

The Sea Life London Aquarium is situated on the ground floor of County Hall on the South Bank of the River Thames which is in central London. This is near the EDF Energy London Eye.


• It opened in March 1997.
• It opened as the London Aquarium.
• This aquarium remains the capital’s largest collection of aquatic species.
• It hosts about one million visitors each year.
• Number of species:500
• Total volume of tanks:2,000,000 liters (440,000 imp gal; 530,000 US gal).
• Annual visitors:1,000,000.
• Memberships: BIAZA.
• In 2005, the aquarium displayed three robotic fish created by the computer science department at the University of Essex.
• The fish were designed to be autonomous, swimming around and avoiding obstacles like real fish.
• In April 2008, the aquarium was purchased by the world’s second-largest attractions operator, Merlin Entertainments.
• The additions included a new underwater tunnel, Shark Walk, revamped Pacific Ocean tank and a complete rerouting of the exhibit.
• These additions were carried out under the supervision of architects Kay Elliott.
• The attraction officially became a Sea Life Center.
• It was reopened in April 2009.
• In May 2011, the aquarium opened a new penguin exhibit.
• In this, 10 gentoo penguins were transferred from the Edinburgh Zoo.
• The aquarium includes two classrooms which themed around the conservation campaigns that the zoo supports.
• These classrooms host up to 40,000 school children each year.
• They are open to the public when not in use by the education program.
• It is involved in several breeding programs.
These programs include:
– The Cuban crocodile
– Seahorses
– Butterfly goodeids
– Jellyfish
These programs run with many conservation organizations including:
– Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
– Save Our Seas
– Shark Trust
– Rain-forest Concern
– Earth Sea Sky
– South Pacific Projects

Sea Animals to explore in the London Sea Life Aquarium are:
• Sharks
• Gentoo Penguins
• Clownfish
• Crocodile
• Green Sea Turtle
• Octopus
• Seahorse

Things to Do in Sea Life London Aquarium

• Thousands of sea creatures in over 2 million litres of water.
• Discover over 500 species from every part of the world.
• See more than 40 sharks from 12 different species.
• Explore Shark Reef Encounter and brave the Shark Walk.
• Enjoy over 65 displays, filled with 30 species of plants and foliage.
• Visit 14 themed zones over 3 floors.
• Interact with the animals at our interactive public feeding, diving displays and touch pools.
• Explore the Antarctic in the new Penguins: Ice Adventure.

Shark Reef Encounter (New)
• Explore Shark Reef Encounter and experience displays starring 16 awesome sharks.
• Take a Shark Walk.
• Get to touch real shark skin.
• Get closer than ever to the creatures of the deep too.
• Interactive feeding, diving displays and touch pools are available.
• More than 40 sharks from 12 different species.


• Monday – Thursday: 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.00)
• Friday – Sunday: 10.00-19.00 (last entry 18.00)
• General booking line: 0871 663 1678
• Schools/Groups booking line: 0871 663 1679

Ticket Prices
Ticket Type Usual price Offer price Saving
Adult (16+) £7.50 £5.00 £2.50
Child (3-15 years) £4.98 £3.50 £1.48

Facilities provided in Aquarium

1. Disabled access
• At the Aquarium, we have full disabled access with lifts to all levels.
• There are also disabled toilets available on every floor.
• We also have wheelchairs that can be borrowed during visits.
• This service is provided on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
• It is subject to availability and requires a deposit of £200.00 using a credit card.
• It cannot be pre-booked.

2. All-weather fun
• Toilets & baby-changing
• Eating and drinking
• Left luggage and buggy policy

Best time to visit / climate

• There is no good or bad time to visit London
• The attractions are mostly open all year round
• July and August are the height of summer
• These would also be the most expensive months
• This is the time when London has the biggest crowds mainly because of the school holidays and the ‘good’ weather.
• New Year and Easter are also busy periods and expensive.
• In the winter it is dark by early evening (16.00).
• In peak summers, there is light till 22.00.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get to Sea Life London Aquarium?

The address is:
SEA LIFE London Aquarium
County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road

1. Arriving by Bus
• There are a large number of bus services which stop in the vicinity of Waterloo or Westminster Bridge Road (both accessible to the Aquarium.)
• For Westminster Bridge Road, take the 12, 53, 59, 76, 148, 159, 211 or 341.
• For Belvedere Road (just behind the Aquarium, parallel to the South Bank), take the 77 or RV1.
• For York Road (next to Waterloo and behind the Aquarium) take the 211, 77 or 381.
• Many other buses stop in Waterloo Road, which is a few minutes’ walk from the Aquarium.
• These include 1,4, 26, X68, 76, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 507 and 638.
• All the London sightseeing buses also pick up and drop off at these points.

2. Arriving by Car
• The nearest car parking is a short walk away.
• The parking is along the South Bank at the Royal Festival Hall or at the underground parking facility at Waterloo Station.
• There is a central London Congestion Charge, which typically runs from Monday-Friday.
• The information line for the Congestion Charge is 0845 900 1234.
• Visit the Congestion Charge Zone Website.

3. Arriving by Coach
• There are designated coach drop-off points at the corner of Belvedere Road and Chicheley Street, next to Jubilee Gardens.
• You will need a 20 minute pick up/drop off permit.
• This can be obtained by phoning 0870 990 8886 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).

4. Arriving by Rail
• The nearest train station is Waterloo East.
• From Waterloo East follow the exit signs for the South Bank (Exit 6) and walk towards the London Eye.
• London Aquarium is in County Hall, next to the EDF Energy Eye.
• Charing Cross train station is also near to the Aquarium.
• From Charing Cross take the exit next to platform 1 for Hungerford Bridge.
• Then go over the bridge and follow signs for Jubilee Gardens.
• Follow the river front past the EDF Energy London Eye and the Aquarium is on your left.

5. Arriving by Tube
• The nearest tube stations are Westminster and Waterloo.
• Westminster tube is on the Circle, Jubilee and District lines.
• From Westminster, exit onto Westminster Bridge (Exit 1) and then cross over the Bridge.
• SEA LIFE London Aquarium is visible from the bridge.
• Waterloo tube is on the Northern, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City lines.
• From Waterloo follow the exit signs for the South Bank (Exit 6) and walk towards the EDF Energy London Eye.
• SEA LIFE London Aquarium is in County Hall, next to the Eye.

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