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WWT London Wetland Centre

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Address: Queen Elizabeth's Walk | Barnes, London SW13 9WT, England
Phone Number: (020) 8409 4400
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Nestled in a loop of the Thames, London Wetland Centre is an urban oasis...

Nestled in a loop of the Thames, London Wetland Centre is an urban oasis for wildlife and people; a rural idyll in the heart of the capital. Voted the UK’s Favourite Nature Reserve by readers of Country file magazine, it is perfect for a relaxing stroll along the paths that meander among the lakes, meadows and gardens. The Centre is a haven for wild ducks, wading birds, butterflies, bats, amphibians and water voles. Visitors can also see a collection of beautiful water birds from around the world, and watch the antics of the otter family at feeding time. With six hides, two kids’ adventure zones and a café there’s something for everyone.

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All the way to London to see a bittern

I like birdwatching and regularly visit Slimbridge so a dryish day on a London break saw my wife and I head for Hammersmith. The directions from the website were spot on and we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Steve R
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Bridgend, United Kingdom

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7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent views of Bittern in the wild area and Siskin too but the new attention 'Cranes' we're not visible as they hide from the public and most of the other catering offerings were shut except a very dark cafe offering a light refreshment. In summary wildlife excellent the captive side less so.

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Thank ArlyRes
Newbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Compared to the other WWT Centres in Gloucestershire and Sussex a visit here isn't as calming mainly due to its proximity to Heathrow Airport. During the 4 hours we spent there wasn't a moment when things were quiet enough to hear many of the birds singing. We visited on a cold day when most of the wetland was frozen and... More 

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Thank Russell S
Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Hello Russell. Yes it's true that we're not as secluded as some of the other WWT Centres being so close to central London as we are, but I'm glad you saw the bittern; we've got a few about at the moment. More 

Bridgend, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like birdwatching and regularly visit Slimbridge so a dryish day on a London break saw my wife and I head for Hammersmith. The directions from the website were spot on and we had Egyptian goose in the playing field outside the reserve. Its very well laid out, no muddy sections despite all the rain. As the trip was originally... More 

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Thank Steve R
Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

We're glad the bittern put on a show for you Steve! More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is massive, came for a birthday walk, reasonably priced and absolutely massive. some of the hides had binoculars to use which was really good. The Otters were hilarious, even if they didn't really like the ice that had formed on the water. Fully recommend

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Thank Nickstanley
Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Happy birthday! And yes, the otters are happier now the sun has melted the ice. More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I miss the WWT wetland centre Barns every time this city gets to me, every time I need to relax or feel an urge to get close to nature because this place is a manifestation of it! It's hard to imagine that anything like this exists in the middle of busy London. This place is a paradise for birdwatchers with... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I were staying in the Hammersmith area to see a shiw at the apollo and decided to visit the wetlands the following day. We walked there in about 35mins...simple route. Very nice reserve, good facilities. Spent a good 3hours walking around. I was quutr cold so make sure you wrap up. We saw our first Bittern! :)

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Thank Amy J
Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Glad you saw one of the bitterns - one good thing about the cold snap is that it seems to make them easier to spot! More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An unbelievable oasis of calm not far from the centre of London where there are more ducks geese and other birds that you could ever imagine in one place. Highly enjoyable and a great place to spend half a day of leisure

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Thank Mike M
Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit Mike - people are always surprised to find such a huge nature reserve so close to Central London! More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have come here twice with my 2 year old son... we wander along the trails and there are a number of attractions in keeping with the conservation which keep him amused as well as the reward of a good play area with tunnels etc. There are indoor options too and the canteen serves tasty and healthy options.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

A wonderful facility a short bus ride from Hammersmith Underground. Excellent bird-watching, information and nature studying infrastructure in a large well-maintained facility ideal for a family day. The signs, posters, talking posts, small "flags", books, volunteer guides/instructors, videos, etc, etc, allow visitors to obtain as much information about the facility and its ecosystems as they want. Possibly the best freshwater... More 

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Thank mike_copland
Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit Mike and we hope you manage to see some of London's other wild spaces while you're here. Have a happy New Year. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We used the Observatory for our drinks reception and the Waters Edge Room for dinner and dancing. The team at WWT Barnes were fantastic, giving us all the help we needed. Their flexibility made the day run exactly how we wanted it to. We used their in house caterers for the dinner and it was delicious. Would definitely recommend this... More 

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Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Hi. We're so pleased you enjoyed your big day. Many congratulations to you both and we wish you all the best for your future. More 

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