We were blessed with a beautiful Spring day when we visited Baker Street, Regent's Park and London Zoo, earlier in the year.
It is a bit of a walk, it took us over half an hour to walk from the tube station to the zoo, but Regent's Park is worth spending some time in, with its beautiful fountains, flower beds, grassy areas and old trees. It was easy to linger and nearly forget that we needed to head north-by-north-west.
Once inside the zoo, we spent a good time appreciating not just the wildlife but also the Victorian and post-war architecture, which happily sat side by side of each other. The animals were lovely; I remember the cuddly looking Llamas and penguins, the intriguing bats, the reptile house, the aquarium and the fascinating insects, particularly the stick and leaf insects and the praying mantis.
The main purpose of our visit was for Amy to take part in the Friendly Spider Programme. She spent the afternoon learning about spiders and the fear of them, doing gentle relaxation exercises and undergoing light hypnosis. Finally she and her fellow participants arrived in the bug house where they practised humanely catching house spiders and also had the opportunity to befriend a lovely tarantula called Carol.