I can’t believe it’s now only 3 sleeps to Christmas! The time has passed so quickly. We love this time of the year! London transforms itself so nicely that it’s beautiful to go out for a walk around Central London, especially around Covent Garden. Talking about Covent Garden, have you been to the London Transport Museum before? We visited a couple of weeks ago to experience their festive activities and it was a lot of fun!
*Ad-Gifted: We were invited to The London Transport Museum and received a complimentary meal and goody bag
We have never visited this museum before which is crazy as it is so close to us and we have passed by so many times and we have mentioned visiting but every time we are in Covent Garden we always seem to be busy on our way somewhere so we miss the opportunity. So I am glad this time we finally got to visit. Better still, visiting at this time of the year made it a bit more magical.
They currently have so many activities aimed at children. First of all, it is FREE for kids under 18 and tickets for adults are priced from £16.50 (you can always get better deals online) for the whole year which is so handy when you live in London or if you visit London often.
London Transport Museum
Inside the Museum
Lots of interactive displays
Play Zone Area
The girls loved going around the museum jumping on and off all the buses, trains and other vehicles. There are a lot of interactive displays which were a lot of fun for the girls. They also have a couple of play zones where they ran around letting off steam for a while too.
We also followed the Stamper Trail which is an activity you can do by first picking up a card at the entrance next to the cloakroom. The girls had so much fun stamping their cards at the numbered stations. Not only did the girls do it, but Nick and I too – it was a lot of fun, LOL! The cards are also great to have because they have a map of the museum at the back so you can use it to navigate across the museum.
At the moment, they have a new exhibition called, “Hidden London” which is included in your entry. It takes you on an immersive journey of some of London’s most secret spaces in the oldest subterranean railway in the world. It is very interesting.
There are so many extra activities for children during the festive season which are included in your ticket. You can visit Santa’s hideaway and take part in family activities including making winter decorations and a seasonal sing-a-long session. Check the family events page on the museum website for more details.
Waiting to meet Santa
Talking to Santa
Santa was in the museum. You can find him either walking around the heritage vehicles or in his hideaway on the ground floor which was beautifully lit up and had lots of cushions to sit down. We met him in his hideaway. The girls each received a badge from Santa.
What we liked the most was that we didn’t need to book or do a big queue to meet him which was great!
They have a drop-in between 10:30 to 17:30 just next to Santa’s Hideaway on the ground floor where your kids can make their own Winter decorations.
The girls made tree decorations to hang on our Christmas tree. Bella loves doing this type of activity so she was especially excited about it.
They also have a seasonal sing-a-long during weekdays. It is on at 11.30 and 13.30. We couldn’t do this because we visited on a Saturday but it would be cool to do if we visited again during the week.
Eating at The London Transport Museum
Canteen – We were given vouchers to eat in their new cafe bar, Canteen which is located above the gift shop.
Canteen offers an all-day menu that features British classics, from a full English breakfast skillet to bangers and mash, salads and sandwiches and a special menu for children which even includes train-shaped pasta!
It is named after the static and mobile canteens that used to cater for London Transport workers during the 1940s and 1950s and celebrates London Transport’s design legacy with moquette seats, posters and maps plus real tiles, seats and signs reclaimed from the Underground. It was very cool. The food is yummy. We all enjoyed our meals.
Lower Deck ice cream cafe – this cafe is located in the main Museum. It offers a selection of English homemade gelato, frozen yoghurt and milkshakes with a variety of toppings and sauces.
They also have a range of freshly made sandwiches, snacks and hot and cold drinks. Lunchboxes are also available for children, choose any four items and get cucumber and carrot sticks for free.
Picnic area – the museum also has a small indoor picnic area where visitors can eat their own packed lunches. I think this is very handy.
We ended our visit on a high exploring the gift shop. You can find lots of cool ideas for gifts there such as Christmas jumpers, posters, Christmas decorations, toys, books, etc. They have a little bit of everything for different budgets. The girls received a jumper each and they look so cute.
- The Museum festivities run until 5th January 2020
- It is open from 10:00 until 18:00 with last entry at 17:15
- Location: Covent Garden Museum
- Price guide: £32.00 (based on a family of 4). Kids under 18 free, adults from £16.50 (if you book online) or £18 at the door for unlimited entry to the museum for the whole year.
- Christmas Activities: Free with the museum admission ticket
- Take your time to explore the galleries (including their new Hidden London exhibition).
- Visit Santa’s Hideaway. Badge and activities all FREE with entry ticket
- Take part in family activities including winter decoration making (drop-in between 10:30 – 17:30) and a seasonal sing-a-long (11:30 and 13:30) during the week
- Suitable for all ages
- Cloakroom available
- Buggy Park available next to the cloakroom
We had a super fun day at the London Transport Museum. As you can see there is a lot to do and it is definitely a fab day out for the whole family. And Covent Garden is beautiful so you can go around the market after the museum.
Have you been to the London Transport Museum?
*Disclosure: We were invited to The London Transport Museum for the purpose of this review. We received a complimentary meal and goody bag. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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