London Transport Museum
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A museum devoted to conserving and interpreting London's transport heritage as well as raising questions about its future.
Originating in the 1920s when the London General Omnibus Company decided to preserve two Victorian horse buses and an early motorbus for future generations, the museum has enjoyed various incarnations throughout its history.
Starting out at an old bus garage in Clapham before moving to Syon Park and then finally settling at its current site in Covent Garden, its focus is the development of London, its transport systems and the people who have travelled and worked on them over the last 200 years.
The collection features original artworks and advertising posters, as well as exhibits exploring the design heritage of London's transport system, London transport at war and the expansion of the capital through the development of the London Underground.
There is also a chance to learn more about future developments in the industry and how transport has shaped five other world cities - Delhi, New York, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo.
As well as a picnic area and café, the upper deck bar boasts views over the Piazza in Covent Garden and a menu of transport-themed cocktails. The seating, which features an upholstery design based on the pattern from the Northern line in the 1930s, is a nice added touch.
The site is also home to Transport for London's research library and a well stocked shop brimming with memorabilia and souvenirs.