London Butterfly House

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London Butterfly House
Date opened 1981
Date closed 28 October 2007
Location Brentford, Middlesex, England
Coordinates 51°28′42.88″N 0°19′1.26″W / 51.4785778°N 0.3170167°W / 51.4785778; -0.3170167Coordinates: 51°28′42.88″N 0°19′1.26″W / 51.4785778°N 0.3170167°W / 51.4785778; -0.3170167

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

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] [4]

There was a proposal to build a replacement Butterfly House in Gunnersbury Park,[5][6] 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.[7]

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  1. ^ Malvern, Jack (2005-01-05). "Duke's hotel is a threat to butterflies' historic home". The Times. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  2. ^ a b Brown, Ed; McGrath, Martin; Davis, Matt. "So Crosse As Butterflies Head North". News Associates. Archived from the original on 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  3. ^ "Hilton London Syon Park". Milesfaster. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  4. ^ The Inspector (8 April 2011). "An Inspector Calls at... London Syon Park Waldorf Astoria". Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Fears for butterfly house future". BBC. 2006-03-29. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  6. ^ "Gunnersbury Park plan for Butterfly House". 2005-01-24. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  7. ^ "London Butterfly House". Aardstorm. 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 

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