London Transport Museum – Your Next Destination

London is the city of history. At every step some history is brimming and you are just moments away from realizing and relishing them. So, when one visits London what can be the better place to visit a museum than anything else?

When you are visiting London for your next trip you obviously should need to learn and know about the history of London, about the city itself, about the people. There is no other better option than slipping in the peace of a beautiful museum where you can get a glimpse of what London had been long back and how it has evolved.

So, for your next trip, when you are already sorting your list out and pondering what places you need you want to visit, don’t forget to keep London Transport Museum in your bucket list. It is a must visit place for you if you are thinking about knowing the history and culture of London.

If you ever come across a Londoner you will learn that the building of London Transport Museum has intrigued them a lot. On my last trip to London I went there with a friend of mine who is based in London. She never visited before but always has been fascinated by the building as she said. The museum at Covent Garden is fascinating as far as you can expect.

So, while visiting it I felt of listing a few things that may fascinate you when you will be visiting the museum. Take a look.

A Blooming Building
The building was designed by William Rogers in 1871 but as a flower market. For the following 100 years it used to be the wholesale market of flowers in London. The market used to experience huge footfall every day, except Christmas.  Covent Garden stills holds the memory intact and not only that. It celebrates the memory of flower market in every summer through Underground Flower Festival.

Horse and Omnibus
The visit to London Transport Museum helped me to know the most convenient form of transportation in London back in 1900. Thousands of horses used to stroll in the streets of Victorian London. By 1900 the number was more than 50,000. The tram system was dependant on horses and that is why this huge population of these animals in London.

Apart from the trams there were omnibuses in London that used to be one of the main forms of transportation during 1900 in London. It was convenient. But people used to complain about the expense and discomfort.

Full Steam Ahead
When you are staying at Park Grand Lancaster Gate Hotel and enjoying the ride in tube, you probably have no idea how steam engine used to rule the world of London transport during late 1800 and beginning of 1900. The introduction of electric engine in1905 brought a revolution in the scenario of the transport of London.

Journey from Hand to Machine
Digging a tunnel in these days is now just a matter of few days. It is easy with the help of machines too. But hundreds of years ago the job used to be the toughest, dangerous and challenging for people. Miners were hired to dig a tunnel. They used to hack out clay and gravel with only picks and shovel. It is still considered to be the toughest of jobs in civil engineering.

The Banks
The banks of river Thames was completely reshaped in 1860s. It was due to the construction of Albert, Victoria and Chelsea embankments. The structures also held a part of district railways. A new road was also intended that was supposed to alleviate the congestion on the stands.

Story of Fluffers
Fluffer was a group of women who used to clean and sweep the Underground. They used to clean the dirt and fluff by hand. During Second World War, the Rat Catchers came into prominence and they worked till 1950.

Move the Bus
During the First World War, London suffered from the huge shortage of motorized vehicles. The outbreak of war against Germany resulted in such situation. It was then, London received the buses with the driving crew. They used to push the buses to help the army to move from place to place.

The Blitz
Nothing can be as terrifying as the bombing in the London Underground killing thousands of innocents and disrupting the whole transport system. During “The Blitz” in 1940 – 1941, on one night, the Underground was bombed in 20 places. You may find the collection of extensive posters and artifacts in London museum that reveals the darkest history of war.

The Night Life of London Train
The disco crowd of 1980s was the most fascinating crowd that used to travel in the night. The party mongers and regulars at night clubs that used to be the only traveler during night. But with the increasing work in global financial market, the crowd of brokers became the regular in London. Hence, the number of trains and buses were increased.

The Congestion
London received the title of most congested city of Europe in 2003. Now, the number of commuters in train is around 1.7 million every day. Then the decision was made by the Government. With the introduction of daily congestion charges, the traffic was reduced by 20%.

The View from the Driver’s Seat
Have you ever wondered how does it feel to see the world from the driver’s seat in London? If you have a wish like this it can get fulfilled in the museum. There are some mock tours that can let you feel the excitement of being the driver once in the hustle bustle of London.

So, now when you already know what are there waiting for you in the London Transport Museum, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and take a stroll around the museum. Enjoy a peaceful afternoon in a totally offbeat way. Get the glimpse of London and its people in the most authentic form.

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