What’s red, very old, and adored by kids? The answer’s either “Santa Claus” or “Vintage buses”, and you can see both at London Transport Museum this Christmas.
The museum promises a bevy of family festivities when it reopens on 3 December, including a winter trail, weekly prize draws, and visits from a socially distanced Santa. Also, on 12 December, the museum will host an Early Explorer morning for children with special education needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Families can catch a new display of “stunning seasonal transport posters depicting the magic of London during wintertime”. You can even step inside one of them -- an iconic 1980s poster ‘Cold Winds Do Blow’ by Brian Grimwood, which features roundel-shaped snowflakes. A good one for Instagram.
Entrance to the museum also includes a chance to see the new transport at war gallery, and the excellent Hidden London exhibition, which should have ended by now, but has seen a welcome extension.
Upstairs, the museum’s exceptional cafe will serve mince pies and hot chocolate (with mulled wine for the grown-ups). Oh, and don’t forget the shop, which is always a winner for novelty Christmas gifts on a transport theme.
Although originally from the Midlands, and trained as a biochemist, Matt has somehow found himself writing about London for a living. He's a former editor and long-time contributor to Londonist.com and has written several books about the capital. He's also the father of two preschoolers.