Hear them roar!

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Go wild and visit ZSL Lon­don Zoo’s Land­oftheLions ex­pe­ri­ence (p. 29). The huge en­clo­sure, which is big­ger than Trafal­gar Square, is a breed­ing cen­tre for en­dan­gered Asi­atic lions, of which only 520 re­main in In­dia’s Gir For­est Na­tional Park. Mod­elled af­ter the park, com­plete with a rail­way track and cor­ru­gated roof over a ‘train sta­tion’ ticket hall, you can stroll on raised board­walks with the lions be­neath you. You can also sleep in Gir Lion Lodge chalets; the price in­cludes two days’ zoo en­try, tours, a two-course din­ner and break­fast. For­get your alarm clock – you’ll be wo­ken by the lions’ roars! Visit the grand home of the Duke of Welling­ton to see its op­u­lent in­te­ri­ors and fine art. Please check web­site for times. 13-14 May: Mu­se­ums at Night. Be guided around the house af­ter hours. WedSun 11am-5pm. Adult £8.80; child £5.20. Charges for spe­cial events. www.english-her­itage.org.uk/ ap­s­ley­house. 149 Pic­cadilly, Hyde Park Cor­ner, W1J 7NT. T: 020-7499 5676. F6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

Ban­quet­ing House

This 17th-cen­tury build­ing was de­signed by Inigo Jones for James I, with an ex­quis­ite painted ceil­ing by cel­e­brated Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens. It is the only re­main­ing part of the Palace of West­min­ster, which was de­stroyed by fire. Please check web­site for times. Closed af­ter 3pm 4, 9 & 18 May & af­ter 1pm 7 May. Adult £6.60; child free. www.hrp.org.uk. Whitehall, SW1A 2ER. T: 020-3166 6000. E8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster.

Bat­tersea Park Chil­dren’s Zoo

Charm­ing zoo in­side the park, with a pet­ting farm with don­keys, chin­chillas and goats, plus a play area and Go Ape (p. 28). Daily 10am-5.30pm. Adult £8.95; child £6.95. www.bat­tersea­park­zoo.co.uk. Bat­tersea Park, Chelsea Bridge Gate, SW11 4NJ. T: 020-7924 5826. Off map. Sta­tion: Bat­tersea Park.

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