Meercat sunbathing.

Meercat sunbathing.

London Zoo, also known as Regent’s Zoo, opened on the 27th April, 1828.

Originally it was a collection of animals for scientific study.

Finally it was opened to the public in 1847.

It covers 36 acres in Regents Park and has around 20,000 animals.

There are over 800 different species.

Early in the morning, the visitors seemed to be mainly serious couples who carefully read every detail about the animals, and studied them all for quite a while.

Coast & Cosmo 030 (Small)Later, around midday, the zoo grounds were full of excited schoolchildren in high-viz jackets.

That’s my idea of a Job From Hell. How on earth do the teachers control them all and keep their group separate from the other groups of children?

There are so many distractions that it was hard for six of us to keep together!

It was a hot day and the animals were making the most of the sun, lazing around and proudly ignoring their audiences.

When they get too hot, they can retire to their indoor homes.

Armstrong-Jones' aviary.

Armstrong-Jones’ aviary.

A wooden bridge spans the giraffe enclosure. You can walk up it and be level with the giraffes’ heads as they munch on the leaves tied to the bridge.

They’re like cartoon characters. They have the most beautiful eyes with long lashes, and their colouring looks as though it has been painted on them!

My favourites were the meercats. They seem to have such fun all the time, playing and rolling around, popping up on their haunches and jumping off rocks!Coast & Cosmo 073 (Small)

The two giant tortoises are 150 years old, but they had more energy than I have!

Coast & Cosmo 044 (Small)I’m sure that they’ll live for at least another 50 years.

It’s well worth spending a whole day out at the zoo so that you don’t have to rush round it all.

There’s so much to see right through the day, with talks being given while the animals are being fed.

London Zoo is run by the Zoological Society of London; the ZSL.

They work in more than 70 different countries, protecting animals and their habitats.

150-yer-old tortoises

150-yer-old tortoises

Opening times are 10am-6pm.

The Regents Canal runs through the Zoo and there are some attractive painted boats on the water.

You can get a waterbus from Camden Lock to the Zoo.

We caught the train to Victoria, then the Underground to Camden Lock, crossed the road and walked direct for about 15 minutes.Coast & Cosmo 079 (Small)

On the way back, we stopped off and visited Camden Market.

Some of the people you see in Camden High Street are weirder than the animals in the zoo!


Mad Hatter's Tea Party in Camden High Street.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in Camden High Street.






About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.