Our trip to London with a visit to London Transport Museum

25 Aug

Two weeks ago, my mum, my children (Evie, 4 and Isaac, 10 months) and I had a two night break in London. We had a jam-packed three days and all came home shattered! But we enjoyed every minute of it.

The only way to travel

The only way to travel

Keeping amused on the train

Keeping amused on the train

We travelled by train and saw how the other half live in First Class for a change! We really enjoyed the coffee top-ups and the extra space and had a great journey full of anticipation and excitement about what was to come.

Evie's library book

Evie’s library book

We had our guide book at the ready and once we’d left our luggage at the hotel on Farringdon Road we set off out.

View from Blackfriars bridge towards Westminster

View from Blackfriars bridge towards Westminster

We walked along Farringdon Road to Blackfriars Bridge on the Thames and then walked along the edge of the river towards Westminster Bridge. It was a lovely afternoon and we spotted sights along the Thames as we walked.

Once at Westminster, we struggled through the crowds across the bridge to have a closer look at the London Eye before walking back along the other, less busy side of the bridge, past the Houses of Parliament and along Whitehall to Trafalger Square.

Small tripping up injury needed to be dealt with!

Small tripping up injury needed to be dealt with!

Me and my boy

Me and my boy

Pasta for tea

Pasta for tea

We were ready for a meal at a pasta place by the time we got to Covent Garden as you can imagine.

Tired out

Tired out

We then walked back to the hotel. We were all tired out!

London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum

The next day we had a trip to the London Transport Museum planned and again, rather ironically, travelled on foot back to Covent Garden.

The impressive building in Covent Garden which houses London Transport Museum

The impressive building in Covent Garden which houses London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum is housed in a really large and impressive building.

A very early horse-drawn bus

A very early horse-drawn bus

Inside the bus you hear how you ought to behave on a bus such as "Keep your hands to yourself!"

Inside the bus you hear how you ought to behave on a bus such as “Keep your hands to yourself!”

Once you get through the entrance you are sent in a lift, back in time to the top floor where you find the first buses which drove on the streets of London.

Punching our card as we went around the museum

Punching our card as we went around the museum

Along the way, children can punch holes in a special card that you pick up at the start of the museum which adds an extra challenge and ensures you see the whole museum.

Hearing about the first buses

Hearing about the first buses

Using the card as a fan

Using the card as a fan

There was real people in character around the museum and Evie was enthralled by the stories of the lady on the top floor and loved her dresses and curtseying with her.

Hold on tight and mind the gap!

Hold on tight and mind the gap!

The next place to visit is down a floor where you find, amongst other things, some old tube trains. As this year celebrates 150 years of the London Underground it is a great time to visit. All the way around you are encouraged to collect all the stamps and punch holes on your card.

The downstairs museum area

The downstairs museum area

The main part of the museum is next, on the ground floor. Here are several buses, underground train engines and carriages and trolleybuses from the past along with informative and interesting displays.

Watch out!

Watch out!

The wheels on the bus go round and round

The wheels on the bus go round and round

You can climb on some of the buses for a closer look.

On the top deck with Grandma

On the top deck with Grandma

Grandma got dragged up the really steep steps of a trolley bus with Evie. It must have been really perillous, climbing up there when it was moving!

Also on the ground floor is a cafe, large toilet area including a family toilet with two toilets and baby changing area and room for a pushchair which is perfect for us lot and really should be put in more places in my opinion!

Total concentration after the science show for the rockets

Total concentration after the science show for the rockets

Who's rocket will go the highest?

Who’s rocket will go the highest?

We also went to the little theatre which was a room near the exit of the museum which held a little science display. It was aimed at the over 6s, but Evie wanted to watch. She sat so good, completely transfixed with the demonstrations and put up her hand to answer questions and join in. She loved it and also loved making rockets afterwards using 35mm photo film canisters, water and alkaseltzers.

We spent about 4 hours in the museum and we all enjoyed it.

As we left the museum, through the shop, into the sunshine we had a lovely stroll through Covent Garden and watched a street performer which Covent Garden is famous for of course.

Fun in the M&M shop in Leicester Square

Fun in the M&M shop in Leicester Square

After pizza for tea we had a look around the super busy Leicester Square before heading back to the hotel.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

On our final morning we were able to leave our luggage and head off for a last bit of sight seeing. We negotiated the tube from Kings Cross to Green Park and walked through Green Park so the kids could look at Buckingham Palace. After that, Evie played in a lovely playground in St James Park.

Evie with her friends in Harrods

Evie with her friends in Harrods

Our next stop was Knightsbridge via Picadilly Circus and we visited Harrods. Evie wanted to buy everything in the shop, which is just about normal for my shopaholic daughter.

We’d all had enough at this point, so after a quick coffee, headed back to Kings Cross where we departed for home.

We had a great trip with lots of fun and wonder for the little ones. We were ready for home though and the journey back in First Class was just the icing on the cake! We really enjoyed the complimentary glass of wine with our meal!!!

We received complimentary tickets to the London Transport Museum in return for a blogpost about the museum, but the rest of the trip was funded and organised by myself and my mother, Susan. All words, pictures and opinions are my own.

To find out more about visiting London Transport Museum you can visit their website by clicking here.

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