I'll admit, London Transport Museum was not at the top of my 'must see' museums or sites in London, but I now stand very corrected. As we had to go to there to collect tickets for a guided tour, and had the offer of half price entry, we gave it a go.
I was expecting a possibly interesting look at some old buses, and some info on the development of the underground. What I got was seriously enjoyable couple of hours discovering how London's growing population has needed increasingly complex transport, how transport has helped spread London's suburbs and who the people are using and providing these services.
It's a transport musuem with people at the heart of it - and this makes for an accessible and story based experience I'd recommend to quite a variety of visitors. (Great bonus: free kid's entry goes up to age 17!)
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Getting stuck in.
Loo, View and a Brew.
Top marks to the toilets in the main museum area, which are very slick and modern, and feature a different public transport upholstery pattern in each cubicle - so you can opt to relieve yourself with a range of eye-wateringly patterned backdrops.
The view part is depending on taste- the building itself is one of those quiet edifices of Victorian commercial engineering, full or cast iron and large glass panes, so on a sunny day inside is bright and airy, and sat outside you have all of Covent Garden (complete with buskers - variable) The cafe offers sensibly priced food and drink, with a good set of healthy and unusual options, presumably catering to a certain demographic of Londoner who will only let Marmoset and Ocelot eat organic things. The cafe is quietly themed, from named cocktails to menu boards designed as train departure screens. If looking for a coffee in Covent Garden, I'd actually choose to pop in here for a quieter option to the chain cafes.
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