London Transport Museum

Museum in The West End

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This entertaining and informative museum looks at how London developed as a result of better transport and contains horse-drawn omnibuses, early taxis, underground trains you can drive yourself, a detailed look at Crossrail (a new high-frequency 75-mile rail service linking Reading with Essex), and everything in between, including signage. Start on Level 2 and don't miss the museum shop for imaginative souvenirs, including historical tube posters, ‘Mind the Gap' socks and 'Way Out' T-shirts.

Hard-core transport enthusiasts can sign up for one of several popular tours (from £5) of the museum's depot in Acton where more than 370,000 other items are stored. There are also 'Hidden London' tours to parts of the underground network and disused stations such as Down St station (£85.50, 1½ hours), once used as a wartime bunker by Winston Churchill. See the website for details.