London Butterfly House

The London Butterfly House was a visitor attraction in Brentford, Middlesex, England where the public could view butterflies, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and arachnids.

London Butterfly House
Butterfly at Syon House.jpg
51°28′42.88″N 0°19′1.26″W / 51.4785778°N 0.3170167°W / 51.4785778; -0.3170167
Date opened1981
Date closed28 October 2007
LocationBrentford, Middlesex, England

Set in Syon Park, the grounds of Syon House, the facility consisted of three purpose built greenhouses situated overlooking a lake. The facility contained hundreds of the world's most exotic species of butterfly, along with descriptions and illustrations. It also contained a small aviary.

The London Butterfly House closed on 28 October 2007, due to the Duke of Northumberland's plans to build a hotel complex on the land.[1][2] The greenhouses were demolished in November/December 2007 and the 5 star hotel built in their place. The London Syon Park (part of the Hilton Worldwide Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts) opened in March 2011 with conference facilities, restaurants, and a spa.[3]

There was a proposal to build a replacement Butterfly House in Gunnersbury Park,[4][5] but this was rejected.[2]

The owners of the London Butterfly House acquired The Butterfly and Wildlife Park in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, to which the creatures and many of the plants have been re-located. Unfortunately this closed in 2012 due to rising costs and reduced visitor numbers.[6]

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  1. ^ Malvern, Jack (5 January 2005). "Duke's hotel is a threat to butterflies' historic home". The Times. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  2. ^ a b Brown, Ed; McGrath, Martin; Davis, Matt. "So Crosse As Butterflies Head North". News Associates. Archived from the original on 2 January 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Hilton London Syon Park". Milesfaster. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Fears for butterfly house future". BBC. 29 March 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  5. ^ "Gunnersbury Park plan for Butterfly House". 24 January 2005. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  6. ^ "London Butterfly House". Aardstorm. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2008.

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