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INSIDE: Looking for unusual places to stay in London? Check out the Complete Guide to the Bedbugs Sleepover at the Zoo with Kids! 

Would your kids LOVE the idea of sleeping overnight in the BIG BUG HOUSE at London’s ZSL Zoo?

Do they love adventure by torchlight?

Are they aged 7 – 11 years old?

If so, and you are looking for unusual places to stay in London, your family is in luck.

This London for kids experiences is a SUPER FUN thing you really can do.


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Fun at the London Zoo Bedbugs Sleepover with Kids

The centrepiece of this London experience for kids is the opportunity to sleep in the B.U.G.S! (Biodiversity Underpinning Global Survival) biodiversity and conservation exhibit, surrounded by over 140 species of backbone-less bugs and creepy crawlies such as insects, spiders, and millipedes.

Just for fun, the B.U.G.S exhibit has a few few mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish to keep things interesting.

Luckily, none of these bugs have ever escaped… YET!

They may not be the kids favourite zoo animals yet, but they will be by morning.

Fingers crossed, your experience won’t be itchy or scratchy, but SUPER FUN!

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Fun Things to Do at a Sleepover?

A London Zoo bedbugs sleepover is definitely one of the most unusual places to stay in London with family.

Take a look.

Here are some of the things included at the Bedbugs Sleepover at London Zoo with kids. 

  • Explore the zoo by torchlight, and wake up to the sounds of the animals.
  • Fun games and activities
  • Imaginative story-telling
  • Keeper talks – all animal themed of course!
  • Goody bags for the kids
  • A t-shirt to take home for all kids
  • Hot drinks all night for the adults
  • Eat a continental breakfast at London Zoo the next morning before you head home!
  • A morning tour of the zoo before it opens to the public, and
  • Access to the London Zoo for the day after your stay

Dedicated hosts for the evening keep you safe and sound.

Everyone attending the London Zoo Bedbugs Sleepoever bunks in with everyone else, but boys and girls sleep in separate areas.

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Watch out for these London Zoo animals at Bed Bugs London Sleepover!

Take a look at the things you can see at this overnight stay in London.

  • The amazing leaf cutter ant nest at the entrance, walking out on their ropes where you can see them carrying leaves many times their own weight, right before your eyes (please don’t touch!)
  • Huge locust swarm display
  • Cockroach sink (yeuch!)
  • Micrarium for miniature wildlife, like brine shrimps and Daphnia
  • Giant orb spiders on their webs
  • Cave crickets (look into the bubble if you dare…)
  • Weird naked mole rats in their underground tunnels
  • Incredibly beautiful moon jellyfish tank
  • See directly into the hive of the Honeybees
  • Discover why maggots are useful…
  • See Bali starlings in their aviary, only a handful of which survive in the wild
  • Spot our cute little rare Golden mantella frogs
  • Polynesian tree snail breeding room, many species of which are extinct in the wild

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: London Zoo Sleepover “Bedbugs” in  B.U.G.S

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Address: London Zoo, Regent’s Park London NW1 4RY UK.  London Zoo bedbugs experience is a unique experience at a family friendly destination in Central London.
Telephone: 0344 225 1826 to discuss any queries you may have.
Website: Click here
Email: [email protected]

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How much does the Bedbugs London Sleepover at the Zoo cost?

The London Zoo Bedbugs Sleepover with Kids costs:

  • £75 per child
  • £75 per accompanying adults, and
  • £67.50 ZSL members per night.

Members get a 10% discount on tickets.

Full payment is required at the time of booking.

Price includes:

  • Full day entry into ZSL London Zoo (on day of departure, after the Bedbugs sleepover finishes at 10am)
  • Free car parking (for night of sleepover and day of departure)
  • All activities and exclusive tours during sleepover, as above
  • Accommodation in BUGS for the night
  • Breakfast (usually pastry, piece of fruit, yogurt and drink)
  • Experienced hosts who will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience
  • Goody bags for all children
  • Storage for your bags the following day while you enjoy the zoo

Participants will be allowed entry into the Zoo for the sleepover at 19:00pm, so please try not to arrive earlier than 5 minutes before the start time as you’ll need to wait outside.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the London Zoo Overnight experience

No.1: What is the age requirement?

Children need to be aged 7 – 11 year olds.

Unfortunately, children younger than 7 cannot join in due to health and safety reasons

No.2: How many people can join in the Bedbugs Sleepover at once?

60 places are available per sleepover.

BedBUGS runs on selected dates April – November.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

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No.3: Where do you sleep?

All participants will sleep in BUGS, but boys and girls have separate sleeping areas. For this reason, please ensure the following is adhered to:

1. For an all-girl group, you will need 1 female adult for every 5-6 children
2. For an all-boy group you will 1 female or male adult for every 5-6 children
3. For a mixed sex group you will need 2 female adults or 1 female and 1 male adult for every 5-9 children
4. Female adults may sleep on either side of the gallery however male adults may only sleep in the male area of BUGS.

All groups need to have an adult with them throughout the night.

The minimum size of a group must be one child and one adult, although please be aware that this experience is suited to slightly bigger groups.

London Zoo recommends a minimum group size of two/three children, plus accompanying adult.

There are toilets nearby for the groups to get changed in.

No.4: Will I get any sleep?

Mmm…. it’s a possibility but not a guarantee. 😉

Group leaders do encourage quiet after lights off, but it’s pretty exciting to sleep at the London Zoo and chatter is to be expected.

It IS one of the unusual places to stay in London for kids AND their parents!

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What to bring to the London Zoo Bedbugs Sleepover with Kids

What should you bring to Bedbugs?

  • Clothes to sleep in, or pyjamas.
  • Sleeping bag and a pillow
  • Camping mat
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • An evening snack and drink
  • A torch
  • Jacket or heavy jumper for the night tour (if it rains, we will supply the children with waterproof ponchos. Adults will need to bring their own).
  • An extra blanket if the weather is cool. (September – November)
  • An evening snack and drink per person. Please eat dinner before arriving at the zoo as the evening break will not be until approximately 20:15pm.
  • Please do not bring items of financial or sentimental value, inflatable mattresses or camp beds.

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How to get to London Zoo Sleepover Bedbugs

By train: The nearest tube stations are:

  • Camden Town (15 minute walk) or
  • Baker Street (15 minute bus ride on 274).
  • Please note that Regent’s Park tube station is a 25-minute walk from the Zoo.

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London Zoo Parking for Bedbugs

Yes, if you are an accompanying adult participating in the sleepover you are welcome to park in our visitors car park for free.

Once you enter the Zoo you will not be allowed to revisit your car until the sleepover finishes at 10.00am.

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