London Sealife Aquarium Review
At the end of term Bean was performing in a dancing show in London. We were all really excited to head into the city to see her on the big stage and even more excited because while she was rehearsing there for the day we had some free time to explore London.
We decided to head into the centre, visit a couple of attractions and go out for a nice meal. We wanted to keep it quite simple as Little Miss J is not a big walker and we wanted her to have fun and do some child friendly things with her.
The highlight of our trip for her was London Sealife Aquarium. Centrally located on the Southbank it is really easy to get to by tube (Waterloo or Westminster) and it is in the perfect location for a spot of lunch afterwards or a nice walk along Southbank which is what we did.
We love visiting aquariums and have visited a fair few in the past. Little Miss J loves watching the fish and learning all about them and I think it is a great educational trip out.
London Sealife Aquarium didn’t disappoint. In fact I think it was the best aquarium we have visited. It started with a jolt as you walk over a see-through floor and the magic continued. There were so many fish to see, many that we hadn’t seen before. The tanks were bright and colourful and some of them were completely mesmerizing.
The large tank with sharks swimming in it was absolutely awesome and they swim so close to the glass it feels like you can touch them. My husband absolutely loved it!
There was an activity for children going around to spot letters in different tanks and that made up a word at the end. It was centred on the theme of the new Finding Dory film. Not that she needed it but that kept Little Miss J engaged and entertained as she was looking out for the letters.
She also spent ages looking in the open tank at the ray fish and I was completely captivated with the jelly fish – they were truly beautiful and I spent ages photographing them.
At the end was a brilliant winter themed section where you can see penguins swim and they had a little viewing area where we got a really good look at a penguin.
After this there is a really different interactive exhibit where CGI polar bears appear to be next to you – the children absolutely loved it!
There were lots of opportunities to get some cheesy souvenir photos taken if that is your thing and they have a little shop selling slushies and souvenirs at the end.
It took us a good two hours to go around the place and we could have spent longer in there. I really liked that it wasn’t too busy for a central London attraction which meant we could have a really good look around.
It was a really fun morning out. Entry can be expensive but you can work out cheaper options. If you book online for a specific time entry can be from £19.95 per adult and there are other ticket options meaning you can buy a combined ticket to include the London Eye while you are in the area.
I’d definitely recommend visiting, we certainly had a great time! You can see some video of our visit in my vlog of our day out in London…
Disclosure – we were gifted tickets to the aquarium for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.