Visit London Asks: What’s Your Favourite London Animal?

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The new lion cubs at ZSL London Zoo. Image by the Zoological Society of London.

We’ve been getting excited about our four legged friends over the last few weeks at Visit London.

As well as the new lion cubs at London Zoo, there’s been those pesky dinosaurs at The O2, and a very helpful 3D seagull installed at the London Eye. And let’s not forget the bees in Covent Garden.

So this week’s burning question is: what’s your favourite London animal?

Perhaps you’re a fan of the flamingos at Kensington Roof Gardens? Or you’re happy knowing the Ravens are still guarding the Tower after all these years, or that those dragons are still looking after the City of London.

Maybe you like the anatomically incorrect dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park; the walrus in the Horniman Museum; the Savoy Hotel’s wooden cat, Kaspar, who rounds up potentially unlucky dinner parties of 13; or those highly cultured bees who live in a hive on top of the Southbank Centre.

Some of London’s animals are very socially minded; you can keep up with one of the lions on Trafalgar Square on twitter. Other great London animals in the twitterverse are the horse on Marble Arch and, naturally, a pigeon from Trafalgar Square.

Let us know what your favourite London animal is and why…


  1. Jenny says:

    How about the sheep at The Goring Hotel? There’s one in every room and dotted all over the hotel – not real sheep of course!

  2. jose adams says:

    Definitely the Horses of Helios at Piccadilly Circus. They pull the chariot of Helios, Greek god of the sun. Their names are Pyrios, Aeos, Aethon and Phlegon – not sure which is which:-)

  3. Steve Pugh says:

    The pelicans in St James’s Park – they’re just so unexpected.

    • Lettice says:

      And the pelicans eat pigeons whole! That’s always a bit of a shock.

      (I love the penguins in the zoo)

  4. Hannah says:

    The floppy eared rabbits in Queen’s Park petting zoo are the cutest animals ever. Closely followed by the guinea pigs…

  5. Shila Smith says:

    Tiger cubs at animal fayre, and the lions in trafalgar square