London Zoological Gardens

Zoological Gardens .—At the northern extremity of the Regent's Park are the Zoological Gardens, the property of the Zoological Society, and established in 1826.  These gardens are very extensive; and being removed from the dingy atmosphere, noise, and bustle of London, present an agreeable and country-like aspect.  The grounds have been disposed in picturesque style—here a clump of shrubby trees and border of flowers, indigenous and exotic; there a pretty miniature lake; and at intervals a neat rustic cottage, with straw-thatched roof and honeysuckled porch.  Much of the ground, also, is occupied as green meadows, either subdivided into small paddocks for deer and other quadrupeds, or dotted with movable trellis-houses, the abodes of different kinds of birds which require the refreshing exercise of walking on the green turf.  Throughout the whole, neat gravel-walks wind their serpentine course, and conduct the visitor to the carnivora-house, reptile-house, bear-pit, monkey-house, aviaries, aquaria, and other departments of the establishment.  The collection of animals is unquestionably the finest in England.  The gardens are open every week-day, from 9 till sunset, for the admission of visitors, who pay 1s. each at the gate, or 6d. on Mondays.  On Saturday afternoon, in summer, one of the Guards' bands generally plays for an hour or two.  On Sunday Fellows are admitted, and non-Fellows by a Fellow's order.

Zoological Gardens