Covent Garden is a favorite destination of ours in London. No trip to London is complete for Mrs A|T without a visit to her favorite stationary and T-Shirt stores. I love it for all of the great food [averagetraveller.com] in the area plus the London Transport Museum [www.ltmuseum.co.uk].
London has many great museums and most of them have no admission fee. Unfortunately the London Transport Museum is not one of them. A ticket to get you past the gift shop will run you £13:50, but it’s good for a full year. If the entrance fee rubs you the wrong way then the gift shop is actually quite nice on its own, as I discovered on my first two trips to London.
A trip through the museum sends you up a time machine elevator where the display counts you back towards 19th century London on the 2nd floor. It was a cute gimmick but I actually preferred seeing a children’s tour that actually had them crawl one at a time through a swirly time machine cloth tube with period costumed tour guides at the end. Sometimes low tech is better.
As you work your way back downstairs you move forwards in time from horse drawn carriages, to above ground rail, below ground rail, transport during the wars, through today and into tomorrow. For a casual visitor you could probably see everything in a couple of hours, but anyone with an interest in history and transport should allow at least half a day.
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A model showing how they dug the tunnels for the underground railways:
Railway maps from before they developed the modern simplified map.
Interior models from the swinging 60’s.
Take a ride on the Northern Line
Fancy new double decker buses