There's plenty of indoor habitats and sheltered spaces at London Zoo to enjoy whatever the weather!

Our penguins love the water, but we understand you might not! Don’t let grey clouds stop you from visiting the Zoo. 

Transport yourself to tropical climates in Rainforest Life, get snap happy with our Giants of the Galápagos, and immerse yourself in a world of beautiful butterflies in Butterfly Paradise. With a number of indoor enclosures and animal houses - and plenty of sheltered spaces all around the Zoo - discover your ultimate guide to a rainy day at London Zoo...

Rainforest Life is the place to be

Cold and rainy? How about hot and humid! Step into the tropical heat of Rainforest Life and enter London’s only living rainforest. Come face-to-face with amazing species including sloths and tamanduas. Then head downstairs to the Night Zone and see what the rainforest’s nocturnal animals get up to after dark.

Adult sloth holding onto a branch in Rainforest Life at London Zoo

Take flight to the Blackburn Pavilion

Immerse yourself in colour in the Blackburn Pavilion - our walk-through bird exhibit. Come nose-to-beak with exotic birds, many of which are free flying, in this Mediterranean inspired exhibit. 

Blackburn Pavilion interior

Warm up in Butterfly Paradise

This walk-through experience protects you and our array of exotic butterflies from the wet weather! Butterfly Paradise offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about life cycles, biodiversity and climate change while surrounded by the hundreds of butterflies chosen to represent the 100,000 species that exist on the planet.

Family inside a butterfly house

Immerse yourself in Tiny Giants

Shining a spotlight on the planet’s smallest superheroes: from underwater corals and the aquatic wildlife they support, to industrious leafcutter ants, spiders and beetles – Tiny Giants celebrates the species we quite literally couldn’t live without. And it's the home of In With The Spiders - the UK's first ever walk-through spider exhibit!

London Zoo aquarium with diver inside and boy looking through glass.

Get snap happy with our Giants of the Galápagos

Follow Darwin's footsteps and travel to the Galápagos Islands with our Giants of the Galápagos habitat. Wander through the island, while Dolly, Polly and Priscilla roam the forest just feet away, basking in the tropical atmosphere - it's 27 degrees inside!

Two Galapagos tortoises at London Zoo

Enter our dragon's den

Head behind the Reptile House to find the Attenborough Komodo Dragon House, home of Khaleesi. Don't be fooled by her impressive appearance - with razor sharp teeth and toxic saliva that can fell a buffalo, Khaleesi is a formidable predator.

Khaleesi the Komodo Dragon in the Attenborough Komodo Dragon House

Make use of our sheltered spaces

The majority of our outdoor exhibits also feature sheltered spaces where you can see our animals out of the rain. From the train station at Land of the Lions, to the two large viewing areas at Tiger Territory, and our family of western lowland gorillas' jungle gym at Gorilla Kingdom - all are under cover.

In with the Lemurs has a large indoor area for both humans and lemurs alike and make sure you check the window into the otters den, where you can often see our oriental short-clawed otters cuddled up together - rain or shine!

In Into Africa you can see inside our giraffe house and also see inside the indoor area (complete with hot-tub) of our pygmy hippo, Thugs and Amara.

Two visitors watch Asiatic lioness Arya in Land of the Lions

Grab a bite to eat in the Terrace

Warm up with a hot drink and a bite to eat in the Terrace restaurant, with a selection of food from across the world and cake displays full of yummy treats made by our onsite pastry team.

The inside of the Terrace Restaurant at London Zoo

Brave the rain! 

Some of our animals love the rain, especially our penguins! So p-p-pick up a poncho or an umbrella from our shop and get exploring!

A Humboldt penguin underwater and up at the glass of Penguin Beach