Thursday, 21 January 2010

London Calling

If you ever get the chance, the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden is a great way to while away an afternoon.  I have always been fascinated by the history of how London's transport network has developed and moved with the times and the museum tells the story in a great way not just with words and pictures but lifesize models of old tubes and buses.  The war period is particulary interesting and shows how important the underground became, not just for the purpose of moving around the city, but also for protecting so many lives.  One of my favourite areas of the museum is where they show so many of the beautiful posters that have graced the tube walls for so many years.  During the 1920s and 30s designing a poster for the underground was considered to be a great honour and the within the museum you can see some of these amazing art deco masterpieces. 

Now, what every great museum needs is a great museum shop, and today museum shops have moved on from the days of purchasing a souvenir rubber or biro to remind you of your day out!  The shop at the London Transport Museum is beautiful and has a whole range of different products to tempt you and you can spend as much time shopping as you did walking through the museum!  There are some great homewares and below are some of my favourites.  For those of you that don't live in London they also have an online shop, so now there is no excuse not to own your own london underground pair of socks!

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