Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

LP and Little Man love going to a Sea Life Centre but we haven’t been to one in quite a while – since last summer I think, so when Sea Life invited us to their London Aquarium we couldn’t wait to go. Hubby and I last went there quite a few years ago, when it was just called the London Aquarium and when it occupied a slightly different part of County Hall on the South Bank. We couldn’t wait to see how much the aquarium had changed in that time and introduce the children to what was one of our favourite aquariums.

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Sea Life London is a really easily accessible aquarium, not far from Waterloo train station and with good access for those in wheelchairs or pushchairs although, as we went at a peak time – a Sunday lunchtime – we did find that pushchairs got quite stuck in the queues of people going round the aquarium and we were glad we left ours at home. This might be somewhere to take a baby carrier instead if that’s an option.

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

The children immediately loved the aquarium, with lots of different shape and size tanks all containing different creatures from brightly coloured fish, to jelly fish and even little ‘Finding Nemo’ fish – always a favourite.

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Many of the tanks were at the children’s level so they could look into the tanks without any help and see everything that there was to see however some of the tanks could be improved with a little step to help children see better. The ones with steps were fantastic and so much easier for the children to spend time at.

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

The children loved the octopus, seahorses and stingrays and there were so many big tanks with floor to ceiling windows where they could easily see everything. One had a shipwreck in the middle and the children spent ages looking at the sharks and rays swimming around it.

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

There was a very small tunnel through a tank but this did get very clogged with people and pushchairs so we went through as quick as we could before moving on to the next parts of the aquarium.

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

The children’s favourite part, and the grand finale of the aquarium was the new penguin section. The penguins had been on holiday to Edinburgh Zoo for a while whilst their enclosure was renovated. The penguins had literally just returned when we visited and you could tell how happy they were to be there.

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

The penguins had a snow and ice filled home with plenty of space to swim and explore and as a visitor you were able to see them both on land and under the water too. We all loved watching the penguins slide into the water, swim so gracefully and then hop out of the water again. It seemed a shame though that they didn’t have any natural light in their new home – unavoidable really as the aquarium is under ground level.

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

We had such a great time at the Sea Life London Aquarium. There was so much for the whole family to look at, things to learn and interactive exhibits for the children to get involved with too. We had a really full couple of hours at Sea Life London and if the children hadn’t been asking for lunch I am sure we could have stayed there even longer. It’s definitely somewhere we will visit again in the future.

Review: Sea Life London Aquarium

Disclosure: We were invited to visit the above attraction for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

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5 Comments

  1. June 2, 2016 / 7:25 am

    I love that picture of LP poking her head up! Looks like a fab aquarium, especially the penguin part. Always a good day out X

  2. June 2, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    It looks great, we love a sea life centre too. We went to the Brighton one a couple of years ago and loved it. I must make sure we go to the one in Alton towers when we are there xx

  3. June 2, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    What a fantastic place to visit….It looks so child friendly too.
    Seeing real life penguins is so fab! 😀

  4. June 3, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    Awww love the Penguins. Olly and hubby went in the Aquarium whilst I went up the London Eye on our recent visit to London. They loved it. Love your photos Donna, i cannot get a decent photograph in a dark sea life centre! Love A’s face 🙂 x

  5. June 4, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    Ah this sounds fab. We are huge fans of Sea Life aquariums, we visit our local one in Birmingham so regularly. I’m glad you had such a great day.
    Nat.x

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