We was planning on going to the London Zoo but since the aquarium was closer to the London Eye we decided to go there instead, I've walked past the aquarium every time I've gone to London but this was the first time I went in. We booked our tickets online since it was cheaper than buying on the day, we also got to choose a time slot and opted for 12-4pm, now I thought this was to control the number of people entering the aquarium but I was wrong!
When we decided to join the que at half two it was so busy and noisy, however the que to be let inside did move rather quickly, on entering you get to walk over a glass platform which was actually one of my favourite parts of the aquarium. I'm always a bit sceptical when it comes to animal enclosures, I like to think they have enough space and are happy and not stressed, but who knows? The enclosures, some were small, others large. Anyway there was loads of animals to see from jellyfish, penguins, a crocodile and more. However, actually getting to see the animals up close in near impossible, it was crowded, there was people pressed up to every enclosure, children running around, it was loud, I got stomped on, pushed into etc. At one point a women actually stopped me from getting closer to the glass and letting someone through with children so they could see inside, which is understandable but I also paid to see these animals and not stare at the backs of peoples heads.
Saying that though there was rare moments were we got to see inside without anyone being around even if those moments were short lived. When you walk around the aquarium each section is broken up into which region of the world these animals are from, with facts dotted about. I loved the sting-rays, I remember swimming with them when I was younger and one followed me around the whole time I was in the pool with them, there were a few here who kept jumping up and 'waving.' Another favourite was the piranhas, they were so still and memorising to look at, these ones in particular looked liked they had been dipped into gold glitter. There was also a glass tunnel, you can que up to take photos or just walk through, we decided to que up which took a while and it was a big disappointment, I was expecting a long glass tunnel but it was tiny and not worth the queuing at all.
Overall, it wasn't the best aquarium I've ever been too and certainly wasn't worth the money, maybe I would've enjoyed it more if it was less busy and there was space to move around without being walked into.
Has anyone been to the Sea Life aquarium in London before, let me know your thoughts.