We have teamed up with MBNA Thames Clippers to create a special combined river bus and Museum ticket offer. Available from Wednesday 20 May the new single ticket package will mean families can enjoy May half-term children’s activities at the Museum and a scenic trip on the river with a 20% discount.
Children can also play in the recently opened All Aboard family play zone with its very own 'Thames Nipper' boat which was inspired by the boats that sail the Thames. Little ones can get in the driver’s seat of a real bus, repair a mini Tube train and play in the ‘Lost Property’ office, and the singing stars of the future can play musical instruments at the busking spot. They can also have fun serving passengers in the Nipper café or make driver announcements and help customers at the mini information desk using the magnetic message board, maps and clocks.
To book online go to http://www.thamesclippers.com
A single adult ticket offering river travel and Museum entry for the day costs £18.50 (concession single £14.40) and an adult return ticket costs £22.90 (concession return £17.10). Children aged 17 and under have free entry into the Museum.
Visitors catching MBNA Thames Clippers are advised to use Embankment Pier. This pier is the closest pier to the Museum and is only a ten minute walk away. With a twenty minute frequency and running from Embankment and the London Eye to North Greenwich this new single ticket combining the river and a Museum visit makes for a perfect day out.
The winner of the Prize for Illustration 2015, chosen from over one thousand entries worldwide, has been announced. The competition, which is run by Association of Illustrators (AOI) and London Transport Museum, was open to illustrators throughout the world and this year’s theme was London Places and Spaces. Artists were invited to capture an iconic or lesser known place or concept in a single illustration and prizes were awarded on three levels: Gold, Bronze and Silver.
Brighton based illustrator Eleanor Taylor scooped the coveted Gold prize for her illustration of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The Silver prize went to Carly Allen-Fletcher for Compound City, and the Bronze prize to Eliza Southwood for Parkour at the South Bank, making it an all-women top line-up in 2015.
The prestigious annual competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world. This year’s theme is London Places and Spaces and artists were invited to respond to the competition brief calling for entries that reflect the Capital’s distinct personality and characteristics.
The judging panel, made up of art and design experts shortlisted 100 illustrations from over 1000 entries. All of the entries including the three winners will be on display at London Transport Museum in Covent Garden Piazza from 15 May to 6 September 2015. Together the illustrations take visitors on a visual journey across London with images which range from the contemplative to the crowded and loud, imaginary or real and from the past to the present.
Shop the range of Prize for Illustration 2015 posters online now.
Artist: Eleanor Taylor
Illustration: The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Medium: mixed media
Artist’s summary: The Meridian laser marking the route of Greenwich Meridian beams out over the London skyline from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. It can be seen with binoculars from over 60 miles away.
Artist’s background: Eleanor Taylor works as an illustrator from her home in Brighton, East Sussex. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Eleanor has worked for many different clients including The New York Times, Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal. She recently illustrated David Almond’s latest book Half a Creature from the Sea which was published by Walker Books in 2014. Eleanor is represented by Heart Agency. www.eleanortaylor.co.uk
Artist: Carly Allen-Fletcher
Illustration: Compound City
Medium: mixed media, digital
Artist’s summary: Compound City, a place made of many different parts. Busy streets and quiet spaces, warm sunsets and cold skyscrapers.
Artist’s background: Carly Allen-Fletcher is a freelance illustrator living and working in the Midlands. She studied Illustration at Loughborough University. Her work explores the combination of digital painting and traditional media, creating images by layering graphic shapes with painted textures and handmade elements. She is inspired by nature and geometric forms. www.carlydraws.com
Artist: Eliza Southwood
Illustration: Parkour at the South Bank
Medium: digital based on an original pencil drawing
Artist’s summary: Inspired by the parkour kids who use the wonderful Brutalist backdrop of the South Bank as their stamping ground.
Artist’s background: Eliza Southwood practiced as an architect for ten years before deciding to take up a career as an artist and illustrator full-time in 2011. She specialises in making screen prints of cyclists but also enjoys drawing the built environment and is a big fan of Brutalist buildings like the South Bank complex. Clients include Rapha, Laurence King Publishing, Magma, the V&A Museum, Brompton Bicycles, Boneshaker magazine, Cycling Active magazine, Sustrans, London Cycling Campaign, and the Orbital Bike Festival. She has also undertaken several artwork commissions for private clients. www.elizasouthwood.com
You can buy reproductions of all of the artworks in the exhibition online by visiting our Museum shop.
Come and explore All Aboard, the Museum’s exciting new play zone opening on Saturday 28 March.
In the new play zone children will be able to get in the driver’s seat of a real bus, repair a mini Tube train and play in the ‘Lost Property’ office. They can also enjoy ‘sailing’ the Thames Nipper, serve passengers in the Nipper café, fly the Emirates Air Line cable car, make driver announcements and help customers at the mini information desk using the magnetic message board, maps and clocks. There is also the opportunity to look out for the ‘noisy seats’ on some of the vehicles which make funny sounds when sat upon, and the singing stars of the future can play musical instruments at the busking spot.
All Aboard has been designed for children aged 0 to 7 years and for the first time the Museum will have an area specifically for infants at the ‘Baby DLR’ which is equipped with an interactive wall and building blocks.
There is also a lot to enjoy elsewhere in the Museum:
30 March to 17 April (weekdays)
Our Easter holiday family events are inspired by the new All Aboard play zone:
The new All Aboard family play zone has been made possible with support from DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund, Luke Rees-Pulley Charitable Trust and bus manufacturer Optare.
We're proud to announce that we are five-time winner of the Certificate of Excellence award!
The Museum has been entered into Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. This unique accolade is granted only to those businesses that have won the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.The award honours hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor. Thank you to all of our visitors for taking the time to leave their comments.