Situated in the heart of the Covent Garden Piazza, the interactive family-friendly exhibitions and installations of the London Transport Museum delve into more than 200 years of the capital’s transportation history, featuring fascinating human interest stories, original vehicles to explore and the evolution of its highly-recognisable graphic designs elements like the roundel and Tube map. It uncovers the influence the transport network has had on Londoners, tourism and the culture of the city as a whole and insight into the impact that technology may have on the city’s extensive system of taxis, tubes, trains and buses in the future.
One highlight of a visit is testing out a Tube driving simulator. Families with children age 7 and under will enjoy the interactive All Abroad playzone where they can try on related costumes, drive a bus and engage in imaginative play with mini vehicles. The museum has a café bar, Canteen, with a menu of classic British dishes by Benugo and a nod to the legacy of Tube design with its moquette seats and reclaimed London Underground décor. There’s also a shop packed with transport related gifts, books, art, toys and more.
An annual pass must be purchased before booking a free timed entry ticket. A standard adult unlimited annual pass costs £21 with a variety of discounts available. An annual “plus” pass, for £60, includes unlimited daytime entry to the museum in Covent Garden for one adult and two children plus free entry to the Depot Open Days in Acton. The London Transport Museum is open daily from 10am – 6pm with last admission at 5pm. Visit on a weekday afternoon for a less crowded experience and plan to allocate approximately two hours.