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Sea Life London Aquarium

The Sea Life London Aquarium Centre, built inside the old County Hall on the River Thames
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Visitors in the heart of London can be transported to the Indian Ocean, the mid-Pacific or even the Amazon River with a visit to the Sea Life London Aquarium.

Located in the historic former County Hall building near the London Eye, and right across from the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the aquarium is one of London’s more popular attractions with around a million visitors each year.

The London Aquarium has one of the most extensive collections of marine life in Europe. With thousands of sea creatures swimming in 2 million litres of water, you can discover all sorts of weird and unusual life forms that live beneath the waves.

Many of the creatures at the London Aquarium have been rescued or bred in captivity. Some species are on the endangered list and are part of an important conservation and breeding program.

View of Sea Life London Aquarium, located on the ground floor of the former County Hall in London
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Turtles, octopus, sharks, stingrays, crustaceans, jellyfish, multi-coloured fish and cute penguins can all be found here. Fabulous beds of colourful corals and sea anemones make a stunning naturalized setting for many diverse marine creatures.

Penguins and Shark Encounters at the London Aquarium

The aquarium has over 65 displays in 14 themed zones spread over the three floors of the building.

Interactive opportunities for visitors include public feeding, walk-through tunnels and touch tanks.

Visit the Penguins Ice Adventure and see Gentoo Penguins up close in their icy landscape. Check the feeding times and see them being handfed and checked by their keepers.

In another popular area, visitors can brave the Shark Walk, a glass walkway just inches above a tank of 16 sharks. These awesome creatures include black tip reef sharks and brown sharks which can reach almost three metres in length.

At a lower level of the Shark Reef Encounter you can come face-to-face with these magnificent creatures in a Pacific Ocean setting complete with Easter Island moai (carved stone statues).

Finally, learn some interesting facts such as why coconuts are more deadly than sharks, and what shark skin feels like to touch in the Shark Academy.

Crocodiles and Octopi

The Cuban Crocodiles exhibit gives visitors a rare chance to see these endangered creatures up-close.

Watch their toothy jaws snapping for food at feeding times and learn why their diet includes stones along with turtles, rodents and fish.

In another area, the Octopus Tank explains how octopuses can change their texture and colour as camouflage when being threatened by predators.


If you want to extend your visit as a family and make this a truly philanthropic adventure, why not adopt a shark, seal or penguin and help contribute to the care of these amazing creatures?

Regular updates will help youngsters learn more about their chosen adoptee and teach them about the responsibilities of caring for an animal.

Finally, drop by the London Aquarium Gift Shop and see some of the unusual sealife themed souvenirs that are sure to add to the memory of a wonderful visit.

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SEA LIFE London Aquarium is located on the South bank of the river Thames, within the County Hall building. It is situated right next to the EDF Energy London Eye, just over Westminster Bridge from Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament.

By Train:

The nearest mainline station is Waterloo. Follow the exit signs for the South Bank and walk towards the London Eye. The London Aquarium is in the County Hall Building.

By Underground:

The nearest underground stations are Westminster and Waterloo.

From Westminster, exit onto Westminster Bridge (Exit 1) and then cross over the Bridge.

From Waterloo follow the train directions above.

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.)

By Car:

The nearest car park is  along the South Bank at the Royal Festival Hall or at the underground parking facility at Waterloo Station. The London Congestion Charge will apply from Monday to Friday.


Sea Life London Aquarium Postcode for SatNav: SE1 7PB


0871 663 1678

County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road

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