SEA LIFE London Aquarium
SEA LIFE London Aquarium
3.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Dive in to an underwater world here at SEA LIFE London Aquarium, home to over 5,000 creatures. Explore London's flagship aquarium where you could learn something a-RAY-zing, spot a feeding frenzy or two and even meet some of our FIN-tastic friends.
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2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Southbank
Big time attractions such as the London Eye and a thriving theatre scene (compliments of the National Theatre and the Young Vic) are but a few of the reasons that Southbank is such a collectively cherished part of town. With plenty of family friendly activities and venues lined up along a pedestrianized river bank between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, visitors can always expect a casual and festive atmosphere. On top of all the fun stuff to do at Southbank is the opportunity to simply sit back and admire photo-op views of iconic landmarks like Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, just on across the Thames.
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  • Waterloo • 5 min walk
  • Embankment • 8 min walk
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Dan R
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It's alright, but has nothing on Brighton. Even with pre-booked tickets you have to queue to pick them up, then go out the reception and down the street to queue to get in. Show the tickets, queue again, show the tickets to someone else, then go through the X-ray machine and be frisked. Can understand that security checks need to be made, but by the time you have gone through all the above it puts a downer on the experience before you've started.
It's VERY cramped in there, think a train carriage with no lighting and that's what you have for the next half hour.
There are some amazing things to see, penguins and the jellyfish are amazing!
Just feels like too much has been crammed into a small space.
Written February 21, 2020
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Ahoy there danrE7046DF, Crikey! Only 3 star(fish) out of 5! We're sorry to hear that you felt that your recent visit didn't live up to your full expectations on this occasion. We're sorry to hear that you felt disappointed in the entry process during your visit. Our explorers (guests) are more than whale-come to select the 'Print@Home/E-Ticket' option on most ticket packages in order to beat some of the queues. With regards to the number of explorers, we do usually have a higher explorer volume at certain times of the year like the school holidays. Please rest assure though that we do limit the number of explorers in the aquarium at any one time, and our team of rangers will try to get through any queue as quickly as possible. Glad to hear that you enjoyed sea-ing the mesmerising jellyfish and playful penguins! Did you know that the Amakusa Jellyfish has 16 tentacles?! Sweet sixteen, right?! Tanks again for taking the time to share some feedback, and we shore hope to sea you again in the future! Best Fishes, Luke Cod-duct Excellence Ranger SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Written February 24, 2020
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ziggy_camp
Memphis, TN595 contributions
While looking at entry prices, the manager said that the aquarium held 5,000 fish species, which included the largest jellyfish in captivity. The entrance was magnificent with two large tanks full of sea creatures including green sea turtles, sand tiger shark, and undulate rays. In the United States, aquariums usually hold large marine animals like dolphins, seals, or otters; however, the London aquarium took a different spin on displaying large marine mammals by having augmented reality. The aquarium supports two beluga whales that were sent to the first beluga whale sanctuary in Iceland. Although I support not having large marine mammals in captivity, a thirty-pound entry fee was high because half of the exhibits were under construction.
Written March 17, 2020
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Ahoy there ziggy_camp, Oh Cod-ness me! Only 3 star(fish) out of 5! We're sorry to hear that you felt that the aquarium was less than average on this occasion. We do apologise that you felt that your recent visit didn't live up to your full expectations on this occasion. We do have a variety of pretty cool creatures to sea, we mean, see in the aquarium. We do use interactive areas like the augmented reality version of a polar bear to help immerse and excite our explorers more into the experience. We have recently had to close an area called Thames Tideway to make way for a new and EEL-ley exciting area called Rock Pool Explorer, which has just opened and is pretty JAW-some! We do have a variety of pretty cool things to see, from colourful corals in Coral Kingdom (which currently has the largest coral tank in the United Kingdom) to a-RAY-zing rays at the Ray Lagoon! We do strive to make the attraction value for money, and do feel that in comparison to other 'must see' London attractions that we're competitively priced. Glad to hear that you enjoyed sea-ing the awesome turtles, JAW-some sharks like Ashley and the graceful rays! Did you know that undulate rays have beautiful colouring to help them hide in the sea bed?! WOW-ZA! Tanks once again for taking the time to share some feedback, and we hope to whale-come you back to London in the future. Kind Regards, Luke Cod-duct Excellence Ranger SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Written March 18, 2020
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gninja12
Hertford, UK43 contributions
Family
Great place to visit, lots of different tanks and fish to look and learn about. Lots of information at each display.
Timed slots for entry, temperature test on entry, staff in masks and lots of hand sanitiser throughout show that the aquarium is taking social distancing seriously. However, there were several points around popular exhibits which were really busy and people got bunched up. Also, the number of people not wearing masks all the way round or more commonly, not correctly made us feel really uncomfortable. You cant stop (selfish) people visiting but rules should be policed to keep everyone safe in these times.
Written September 1, 2020
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Shella there gninja12, A 4 star(fish) review! Not too fishy, although we know that we can improve. Tanks for taking the time to share some feedback regarding your recent dive into SEA LIFE London Aquarium. We're pleased to hear that you felt that we're taking the COVID-19 guidance seriously. We definitely want to en-shore that our explorers (guests) have a safe and enjoyable time with us. We're sorry to hear about your concern regarding some aspects of your experience. We do have distance markings on the floors, such as in areas like the Ocean Tunnel and Rainforest Adventure, to en-shore that our explorers keep a safe distance between each other. We also have signage around the aquarium to politely inform our explorers to wear a face covering, as well as SEA LIFE London Aquarium Rangers (staff members) doing walk-arounds to en-shore that our explorers are wearing face coverings. We understand that there's certain explorers with exemptions as well. We're EEL-ley pleased to hear that you felt that the aquarium was FIN-tastic overall, and that you enjoyed learning LOBSTER cool facts about some a-RAY-zing creatures throughout your journey. Did you know that coral belongs to the same animal family as sea anemones?! Corally cool, right?! We shore hope to SEA you again in the future! Best Fishes, Luke Guest Experience SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Written September 2, 2020
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MrsBradders
East Grinstead, UK232 contributions
Couples
Having previously visited the Sealife centre in Brighton we decided to exchange some of our TESCO clubcard vouchers for an afternoon at London’s Sea life.
Booking was easy, and although you have to book an entry time, there is some flexibility and we pushed our time back 2 hours.

The Sea life aquarium was excellent. Very clean and covid secure. The displays were really good, and the centre didn’t feel over crowded.

We particularly enjoyed seeing two members of staff diving in the shark tank; where they were collecting shark teeth! We chatted to a lovely member of staff who told us about the sharks and about the girl having her first dive on this particular tank.

Jelly fish displays are amazing, really mesmerising!

All in all, a super experience and we wish we’d visited sooner!
Written July 14, 2021
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Well Shello There MrsBradders, WOW-Zas! Tanks for your JAW-some review! We’re pleased to hear that you had a jelly ol’ great time during your visit! We shore hope to sea you again in the future! Best Fishes, Sally Guest Experience SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Written August 8, 2021
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Anugya
Helsinki, Finland20 contributions
Easily accessible by tube. My 8 year old loved all the exhibits especially the penguins and the jellyfish. Lot of information about climate change, very informative.

You cannot take food inside, so better to eat before or after. Located close to many London attractions like London Eye and Big Ben.

We visited on a weekday, so it was not very crowded and we did not queue for anything.
Written May 20, 2022
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Hello Anugyasingh, Tanks for your JAW-some review! We’re so pleased to hear that you had a great time during your visit. You are o-fish-ally awesome! We shore hope to sea you again in the future! Best Fishes, Kye Guest Experience SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Written May 24, 2022
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Marge E
8 contributions
Couples
This was an incredible experience from start to finish. I used to be terrified of the thought of being amongst big fish, but I wanted to overcome a fear. This aquarium did this for me. From start to finish, there was an excellent variety of different fish, from small to big. Penguins, sharks, sting-rays - the lot!

Over all, we were in there for two hours. The music inside was calming, and the whole experience was very pleasant. The staff were also lovely.

It is the perfect place to bring young children or even to go around as adults. It is definitely worth the money. The location is also prime for tourism activity’s and tends to having people busking in the street, too - which is also very entertaining. And, if you’re hungry, there are lots of restaurants along the front to choose from.
Written August 3, 2021
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Well Shello There 18margee, WOW-Zas! Tanks for your JAW-some review! We’re pleased to hear that you had a jelly ol’ great time during your visit! We shore hope to sea you again in the future! Best Fishes, Sally Guest Experience SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Written August 16, 2021
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hayleyalys
Hertfordshire, UK84 contributions
Booked the Aquarium Lates tickets for the earliest slot (7pm) so when we arrived, I think we were some of the first to arrive at the venue. I can’t speak personally for later on, but it never felt crowded the whole time we were there and we were always able to see the exhibits at our own leisurely pace.

Coat check is £1 per item (cash) but worth it I think as then we didn't have to carry around our bulky winter jackets.

Loved the different informative talks going on, however I am hard of hearing (deaf in one ear) so found it very difficult to hear the ladies over the music playing during the Ray talk and needed my partner to essentially "fill in the gaps" for me- which was a real shame as the information they were sharing was really interesting! Maybe dim the music during the talks in future for those without any visible disabilities? 

Overall a lovely evening and was a nice atypical date night. Already knew about the penguins not being open (bless their early bedtimes!) but was surprised to see the Coral Kingdom was shut as well. I hadn’t been in a few years, so there was a new tropical exhibit I hadn’t seen before which was a nice surprise. My only suggestion to the organiser would be more glass collection areas- we bought an additional drink at the venue, but in the end (along with many others) binned the wine glasses as there was no place else to put/ dispose of them.

There was a photographer there on the evening- unsure where those photographs ended up as well as I’d love to see them.
Written February 19, 2020
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Well Shello There hayleyalys, Tanks for taking the time to share some feedback regarding the SEA LIFE Aquarium Late event! We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed dancing with the fish, and learning LOBSTER cool facts about the a-RAY-zing creatures that we have. We're sorry to hear that you couldn't hear the full talk on this occasion. We'll be shore to pass on your feedback onto the relevant rangers to look into in the future, as well as your feedback regarding the glass collection areas. We're also sorry to hear that you were slightly surprised about Coral Kingdom being shut, although glad to hear that you enjoyed trekking through Rainforest Adventure! Did you know that we currently have over 200 piranha fish?! FIN-tastic, right?! With regards to your query about the photos, I understand that they usually upload the photos on the Merlin Events page on Facebook, so be shore to swim by there to check the photos out if the photos are on there! Tanks again for your review, and we shore hope that you'll dive back into the aquarium in the future! Best Fishes, Luke Cod-duct Excellence Ranger SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Written February 20, 2020
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Tariq
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia16 contributions
Family
The place gives you a nice experience compared to the usual aquarium we know, but it has 2 negative points. First, if you come to get tickets directly and through standard line, believe me, you’ll hate the waiting experience. The alternatives are either to get a fast-track ticket (very expensive) or to book on line few days before. Second negative point, the time you spend compared to the amount you paid is not fair, you could finish it, if there is no crowd, within 15-20 minutes.
Written February 22, 2020
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Ahoy there tariq_alyahya, Oh Cod! Only 3 star(fish) out of 5! We're sorry to hear that your recent visit didn't live up to your full expectations on this occasion. With regards to the process of entering the attraction, we would recommend pre-booking tickets in advance to guarantee entry and to beat some of the queues, especially during peak periods. If you do purchase tickets well in advance, this is usually cheaper, depending on when you visit or how in advance you purchase the tickets. We do apologise that you felt the way you did with regards to your time in the attraction. Our explorers are more than whale-come to take their time around the aquarium during normal opening hours. Glad to hear that you felt that the aquarium was nice overall! Did you know that yellow bellied terrapins can live for over 40 years?! WOW-ZAs! Once again, tanks for taking the time to leave a review, and we hope to whale-come you back in the future! Best Fishes, Luke Cod-duct Excellence Ranger SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Written February 24, 2020
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Carla V
New York City, NY3 contributions
We visited Sea Life last minute as we had a bit of time after the London Eye which is next door. We had high expectations but overall thought it to be average. Our youngest ones really liked it but the older ones were a little harder to please. Compared to others we have been to it wasn't quite at the same level but good for a short visit.
Written November 20, 2021
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We’re sorry to hear that you felt that your visit was average on this occasion. We do try to create an amazing and immersive experience for guests of all ages, so we are sorry to hear that you felt that we did not achieve this on your visit. We would be keen to know how we could have made your experience ‘excellent.’ If you email us at sllondon@merlinentertainments.biz, referencing this review, we would be more than happy to discuss your feedback. Best Fishes, Chloe Guest Experience SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Written November 22, 2021
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Will
112 contributions
Couples
No social distancing , No organisation and No face Mask . Everything is just about making the most money as possible . They charge you an extra £8 per person to get on a 4 minutes virtual journey. They are not even cleaning the 3D Glass Headset or the seat after people used them .The place doesn’t look really clean . Not relaxing experience at all !
Written August 4, 2021
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Hi WillLondonParis, Thank you for taking the time to provide a review. We’re sorry to hear that you felt disappointed in your recent experience on this occasion. We're sorry to hear of your concern regarding social distancing and the use of face coverings. Please rest assure that we do have signage to inform our explorers (guests) to keep their distance, as well as distance markers in areas, such as around each tank where we ask one family at a time to look at the creatures inside the tank. We also do limit the number of explorers that enter the aquarium at any one time, and this is monitored through time-allocating our ticket packages. We have ensured that there is a limit of number explorers at each time-slot. We would be more than happy to discuss your feedback if you contact us at sllondon@merlinentertainments.biz. Kind regards, Sally Guest Experience SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Written August 16, 2021
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SEA LIFE London Aquarium is open:
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  • Fri - Wed 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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