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Leave the kids at home and find out what the animals get up to after dark...

London Zoo will fling open its doors after dark from Friday (June 9), inviting guests to explore the park in a new light - or rather, not much light - and join in with a variety of animal-themed games and tasks.

Between June 9 and July 28, the world famous zoo will open late every Friday night and guests will be allowed to stay inside until 10pm. You'll be able to explore the habitats as the sun sets and see how animals' behaviour changes when they think they're free from the prying eyes of humankind.

In four zones around the zoo, guests can join in games to determine things such as 'Do you have the speed of a Cheetah or the stealth of a Tiger?' The answer is almost certainly no, but we're intrigued as to exactly how they'll put it to the test. Still, it'll save on Big Cat food for the summer.

Zookeepers will also be on hand to lead you on a guided 'Birds and Bees Tour,' on which you'll learn all about grown-up cuddles in the animal kingdom, while gawping at the poor beasts as they're reading themselves for bed. Nothing gets them in the mood for love like a constant stream of slightly-inebriated humans bogging through the window.

Once you're done with the birds and the bees, there'll be food stalls and a bar, where you can enjoy live music and entertainment until the animals all drift off to sleep.

A VIP option will see you met with a glass of champagne on arrival and if you're feeling extra flashy, the VIP sleepover option gets you an overnight stay in a private lodge in the heart of the Land of the Lions. As well as a bed next to the Big Cats, you'll receive dinner vouchers to use at the food vendors, a buffet breakfast the following morning, free entry to the zoo for two days, free car parking and 15% off the Meet the Animals Experience.

London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regents. Park, London NW1 4RY

Price £21.50. Strictly 18+ only. Buy tickets here

London Zoo Nights runs from June 9 - July 28

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