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11 Aug 2009

The London Transport Museum




Half the world's population now lives in an urban environment, a reality explored in the excellent, if hard-to-navigate, newly reopened London Transport Museum's first display; audiovisual recordings of public transport in London and five other cities - Tokyo, Shanghai, Delhi, Paris and New York. Among the vehicles on display is the first underground electric train. It had no windows because there was nothing to see underground. The trouble was that no one could tell which stop they were at, a glitch resolved by employing an athletic announcer who ran to each carriage at every station, shouting out the stops. The London Transport Museum is located in Covent Garden and is one of London's top attractions and within easy reach of our Covent Garden serviced apartments.

Dating from 1890, this is one of several museum exhibits you can view at the London Transport Museum. The design gallery is a tribute to Frank Pick, the man responsible for rolling out the London Underground brand and giving each line its own character. Pick's work included ensuring the emblematic bar and circle logo became an intrinsic part of London's visual identity, to the extent it now signifies 'tube station' without the need for words.

For children, there's an under-5s play area decorated with Steven Appleby illustrations and the chance to sit in the driver's cab of a red bus and guide a Northern Line simulator through tunnels and up to platforms, which is fun for adults too.

Location: Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB
Nearest station: Covent Garden or Leicester Square.
Times: 10am-6pm Mon-Thur, Sat, Sun; 11am-6pm Fri (last adm 5.15)
Prices: £10, £8 seniors, £6 students, under-16s free

If you would like more information on the London Underground, please see our blogpost on Travelling on the London Underground.

For more information on this or any other top attractions in London, please see our London Guide. For information on London Serviced Apartments please call us on +44 843 289 8820 or e-mail us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.