London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum is one of the main visitor attractions in Covent Garden Piazza. Bringing to life the history of London’s public transport network — its buses, trains, tubes and taxis, from the 19th century to the present day, the Museum appeals to young people and adults alike. With an emphasis on interactivity, the exhibits range from impressive historic vehicles to striking examples of the transport network’s famous poster art and graphic design.

Transport has played a defining role in the evolution of London’s unique identity. From the days of sedan chairs and horse-drawn omnibuses through to the world’s first underground railway and the creation of iconic designs such as the roundel and Tube map, the Museum’s colourful displays offer fascinating insights into how London works.

The lively exhibitions explore over 200 years of history and reveal compelling stories about the influence transport has on London’s society and culture, and how our travel experiences might change in the future. At the heart of the story are the people that have kept London moving over the centuries – Victorian pioneers, the avant-garde designers of the early 20th century and the many thousands of transport workers, including those recruited from overseas during the 1950s and 1960s.

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What was once an entrance into Covent Garden’s Victorian flower market is now a stylish, contemporary shop selling iconic London souvenirs, designer gifts, books, toys, limited edition models, furniture and exclusive moquette fabric accessories.

Among the shop’s most popular items are stunning posters spanning a century of transport design, including art deco classics of the 1930s. The Museum has one of the finest transport poster archives in the world with over 5,000 posters and 700 original artworks.

The Museum shop is located at the front of the Museum in Covent Garden Piazza. Entry to the shop is free.

→ London Transport Museum Shop
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London Transport Museum’s cafe bar, Canteen, offers an all-day menu from high street favourite Benugo that features British classics, from a full English breakfast skillet to bangers and mash, salads and sandwiches, and a special menu for children which 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, original posters and maps plus real tiles, seats and signs reclaimed from the Underground.

→ Canteen at London Transport Museum