Old MacDonald had a farm, but did he have a range of petting zoos, a park filled with parakeets and cafe’s adorned with fluffy cats? No, we think not. London on the other hand does have all these things, with a herd of sheep stroking, pig patting and cow cuddling spots that look blooming wonderful. And, if you’re sat there thinking “you have cat to be kitten me right now,” well we’re not – we’re telling the truth! So, MOO-ve your bums off your seats and get yourselves down to animal farms and zoos galore.

Vauxhall City Farm

This quirky little farm is in fact one of the oldest and most central city farms in London. You can hear the chimes of Big Ben – when he’s back chiming that is – alongside the quacks, baaaaahhh’s and squeaks of all the cutesy animals. The aim is to make nature and animal petting available for all to enjoy; their vision being a city where people from all communities are empowered to experience nature to enhance their health, well-being and life chances. The charity-run farm hosts all sorts of animals, from donkeys and alpacas to farm cats and aviary birds.

Where: 165 Tyers St, Lambeth, SE11 5HS
Website: www.vauxhallcityfarm.org

Horniman Museum & Gardens

The very aesthetically pleasing Horniman Museum and Gardens is home to alpacas, goats, sheep, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens and more. Guests are encouraged to have an animal-infused wander around the grounds, for an adventure that looks at the connection between domesticated animals and their wild relations, and why people live alongside domesticated animals.

Where: 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ
Website: www.horniman.ac.uk

Hackney City Farm

Another urban offering that gives back is Hackney City Farm; a haven of community consideration and super sweet animals. For over 20 years, Hackney City Farm has been giving the local community the opportunity to experience farming right in the heart of the city. Animals include pigs, donkeys, goats and geese.

Where: 1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA
Website: www.hackneycityfarm.co.uk

Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens offers a mix of old and new park pastimes and green space and… parakeets! The space is renowned for the beautiful little creatures flying about and landing on your hand, so if you’ve just popped to Crosstown Doughnuts for a taste of your favourite sweet snack then keep it out of reach from the cheeky para’s. Wild parakeets are now one of the most common birds in London, having been spotted in all 32 boroughs – impressive!

Where: London W2 2UH
Website: www.royalparks.org.uk

Spitalfields City Farm

Furry friends galore reside at community space, Spitalfields City Farm. The farm, which began in 1978, is sited on a former railway goods depot and offers a range of opportunities to volunteer and get involved with the animals. Regularly frequented by school kids eager to gaze at the farmyard cuties, it’s an idyllic spot to introduce the little ones to animals in a safe environment.

Where: Buxton Street, E1 5AR
Website: www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org

Kentish Town City Farm

Just cast your eyes at those adorable little ducklings! Kentish Town City Farm resides in, yep you guessed it, Kentish Town and is open seven days a week for you to explore. Established in 1972 it’s a place that, like other urban farm of its kind, helps city people connect with animals, nature and the environment. The four-acre site hosts animals such as sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, geese, three horses, two donkeys, two pigs and a cow plus a charming riding arena.

Where: 1 Cressfield Close, NW5 4BN
Website: www.ktcityfarm.org.uk

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium

Does it get much better than a cat emporium?! Well, maybe for ‘dog people’ it does, but to us it’s purrrr-fect! Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is a two-storey spot for coffee and cake, lined with sofas and bookcases and, well, cats!

Where: 152-154, Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6DG
Website: www.ladydinahs.com

Stepney City Farm

This three acre farm in the heart of Tower Hamlets is an idyllic spot for a bit of animal farmer-y. As well as animals you can explore a coveted farmers market or take part in one of the many programmes on offer, including rural arts, gardening and animal  courses.

Where: Stepney Way, Stepney Green, E1 3DG
Website: www.stepneycityfarm.org

ZSL London Zoo

The classic, the staple, the O.G of animal viewing places, ZSL London Zoo is the gift that just keeps on giving and we’re all about it! Fun fact: this zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo, having opened in London on 27 April 1828. The huge range of animals include lions, gorillas, penguins, meerkats and all of the wow-worthy kinda creatures you’d expect in a huge zoo. Plus, you can participate in a range of uber cool experiences such as getting up close and personal with the animals or being a keeper for the day.

Where: London NW1 4RY
Website: www.zsl.org

Surrey Docks Farm

Wander on down to Surrey Docks Farm any day of the week and immerse yourself in livestock and crop plants galore. Animals include goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys, plus the farm has it’s own Apiary which is set-up in the farm orchard – that’s basically a place where bees buzz around all day, for those who don’t know! What are you waiting for?

Where: Rotherhithe Street, SE16 5ET
Website: www.surreydocksfarm.org.uk

Deen City Farm

This farm is all about fun, with a sprinkling of education on top! Known as an educational petting farm, Deen City comes equipped with cattle and rare British animal breeds, a riding school and a cafe. Sounds like that’s your day sorted!

Where: Deen City Farm, 39 Windsor Avenue, SW19 2RR
Website: www.deencityfarm.co.uk

Battersea Dogs And Cats Home

The renowned Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is an animal shelter that rescues cats and dogs in need of help and nurtures them until an owner or a new home can be found. Established in 1860, it’s a great place to go and grab yourself a cuddle… and take home all of the animals in your eye line!

Where: 4 Battersea Park Road
Website: www.battersea.org.uk

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