Museum of London – Barbican

Our sophisticated  4 year old ‘Mayhems’ brought up on a diet of Peppa Pig etc. could not understand why Papa Joe and I were delighted to watch a Flowerpot Man saying ‘Weeeed’ and ‘Flobbadobba’. We were  wandering through the interactive family area in the 1950’s section of The Museum of London and were transported back to our own preschool childhood!

museum of london bill benThe tiny black and white TV shows clips of popular children’s programmes of the era – memories memories. Papa Joe and I had a long debate on the merits of ‘Muffin The Mule’ and ‘Andy Pandy’!

What a great museum this is, telling London’s story from prehistoric times through to The London 2012 Olympics. As you wander through time, the imaginative and innovative displays excite and hold everyone’s attention. 

Where: 150 London Wall london, EC2Y 5HN
Admission: Free
Website: Museum of London


Papa Joe and I  find it so hard to choose a favourite section – should we concentrate on ‘Roman London’ or ‘The War, Plague and Fire Gallery’ – and no visit is complete without wandering through The Victorian Walk complete with shops to look into.

Don’t miss the Lord Mayor of London’s magnificent coach which is used in the Lord Mayor’s annual procession through The City of London.

museum of london lord mayor coach

There are several interactive areas in the museum and you can also download activity trails before your visit

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The interactive river -have fun looking at issues affecting London today

You can have fun with the 1930s street with tube trains running in a tunnel with a road with horse and car traffic above

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Young children can borrow the under 5s Explorer Bags to take around the museum with you

There are some great family events during the holidays and at weekends.  There are also special learn and play sessions for the under 5s

You will also have a great time at their sister museum – The Museum of London Docklands.

Getting There 150 London Wall london, EC2Y 5HN 
The Museum is on a pedestrian high walk – escalators and  lifts from 1 London Wall Aldersgate Street
Google see map or get directions

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