Every year during the summer months the SEA LIFE London Aquarium opens up its door late at night for the SEA LIFE After Dark event for adult fish enthusiasts. I had been to the SEA LIFE aquarium in Brighton which I really loved. I probably spent around 4 hours there starring down the fishies like a little maniac haha. So I couldn’t wait to finally visit the London Aquarium as well. Just to put things into perspective: I LOVE scuba diving and snorkeling. I once even had a goldfish tank in front of which I happily spent extended periods of time watching the goldfish go about their business (and yes, they are not the smartest..).
So last weekend the day had come to visit the London Aquarium. Upon arrival at the SEA LIFE After Dark event you are welcomed with a glass of Prosecco. Some people might need to take a big sip right away as you will be heading straight over to the glass walkway with sharks swimming just beneath your feet. I went with a friend of mine to the event who – while sipping her Prosecco on top of the shark tank – also discovered her enthusiasm about marine life. She also told me about a great website she knows which taught her loads about fish. Yeey :)
We then spent the rest of the evening strolling through the various sections of the London Aquarium and discovering the different tanks and species. There were lots of places to sit down (event right in front of the tanks) and you could purchase more drinks at either of the two pop-up bars. Enjoying a glass of wine and catching up while being surrounded by stingrays, turtles, crocodiles and jellyfish really is an awesome way to spend the evening :)
The SEA LIFE After Dark event starts at 6.45 pm and ends at 10.30 pm with the last admission at 9 pm. It’s adults only so there is finally a way to visit the London Aquarium without kids running around or piling up in front of the tanks.. There are still tickets available for this summer. Check out SEA LIFE’s website here to book them in advance.
Photos: Sorry about the bad quality… I forgot my camera and it turns out my phone does not have the best lens for dark lighting conditions.
To the animal rights activists amongst you: Yes, some tanks look borderline too small as it’s usually the case with zoos and aquariums :( The Brighton SEA LIFE has bigger tanks. Yet SEA LIFE does a lot of good behind the scenes in terms of conservation efforts. Besides educating visitors about marine and freshwater wildlife, SEA Life also runs breeding programmes. Also, some of SEA LIFE’s aquariums rescue and release injured animals such as seals and turtles. Read more about it here and here.