Family Fun at the Sea Life London Aquarium!

Shark Walk at the London Aquarium
Shark Walk at the London Aquarium

Last weekend we had the pleasure to visit Sea Life London Aquarium for the very first time.

We have a fish tank at home, so little man is used to fish. He was looking forward to seeing the fish and sharks at the London Aquarium.

It is located on the popular South bank of the river Thames, within the historic County Hall building.

Shark at the London Aquarium
Shark at the London Aquarium

Sea Life London Aquarium is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life and the jewel in the crown of the UK Sea Life attractions.

Sea Life London Aquarium is situated right next to the London Eye, just over Westminster Bridge from Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament.

Ray Lagoon at the London Aquarium
Ray Lagoon at the London Aquarium

Although it was snowing when we visited, we completely forgot about the cold weather while we were looking at gorgeous fish in 14 themed zones over 3 floors.

There are over 65 displays, filled with 30 species of plants and foliage.

There are lots of information about sea life including ecological facts and conservation stats.

There are thousands of sea creatures in over 2 million litres of water.

Our fun-filled visit to Sea Life London Aquarium started with a Shark Walk, which is a glass corridor over the shark tank. It was fun having sharks swimming just under our feet.

Tropical Fish at the London Aquarium
Tropical Fish at the London Aquarium

It was followed by Atlantic Depths and Tidal Reach.

The Ray Lagoon had rays and skates in an open top tank, it was lovely seeing them so close to us.

You can discover over 500 species from every part of the word, from little tropical fish to Antarctic penguins and big sharks.

There are more than 40 sharks from 12 different species.

Touching Starfish at London Aquarium
Touching Starfish at London Aquarium

There is a huge Shark tank with several different sharks which can be seen at numerous points throughout the visit, from the Shark Walk to the glass tunnel where sharks were swimming overhead.

The whole family enjoyed seeing the sharks and how quickly they glided through the water. I have never seen sharks so close up, so it was a nice experience.

Little man really enjoyed interacting with the animals at the interactive public feeding, diving displays and touch pools. He particularly enjoyed touching a starfish.

Penguins: Ice Adventure at London Aquarium
Penguins: Ice Adventure at London Aquarium

It was fun visiting Penguins: Ice Adventure featuring a family of Gentoo Penguins.

Visitors can journey through an icy landscape full of interactive features – from freezing touch pools to looking at the world through snow goggles.

In the penguin viewing ice cave visitors get a direct window into the habitat of the gentoo penguin as a select group of the magical creatures dive beneath the water and play in a carefully created icy home from home.

Turtles at the London Aquarium
Turtles at the London Aquarium

Shark Reef Encounteer was definitely the highlight of our visit to Sea Life London Aquarium.

The glass walkway literally allows us to walk above a stunning shoal of sixteen sharks. It includes two striking 2.8m brown sharks and a group of 10 sleek black tip reef sharks, as they swim inches beneath.

Seahorse at the London Aquarium
Seahorse at the London Aquarium

While we were there, we learnt that sharks are not as deadly as they are made out to be.

I was surprised to learn that you are more likely to win the lottery than to be killed by a shark!

We had a great time as a family, we all enjoyed it and little man loved the whole visit.

He had fun at Nemo’s Coral Caves and Seahorse Temple, looking at the jellyfish, piranhas, turtles and crocodile.

Shark at the London Aquarium
Shark at the London Aquarium

We spent a few hours at Sea Life London Aquarium, there is a large variety of sea life on display.

It was very interactive, young explorers are given a booklet to collect stamps at different locations during their visit.

At the end, they are given a medal once they have found all the different stamps.

Towards the end of our visit, little man got face-to-face with a shark and he was trilled!

Sea Life London Aquarium makes a perfect fun-filled family day out, definitely an attraction to be considered during the Easter holidays.

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Tickets were provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

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