London and Londoners in the Great War

Date: Tuesday 3 June 2014
Time: 19.00-20.30
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8 (Price includes a return trip to the museum within one month of the event)

Join London historian and author Jerry White as he explores what life was like on the Home Front in London for those who were left behind during the First World War, and discover how Londoners coped with the change that war brought. The talk coincides with the launch of Jerry White's new book, Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World. This talk is part of the Goodbye Piccadilly events programme which includes a return trip to the museum within one month of the event date. This offer excludes Friday Lates.

Jerry White's name on a title page is a guarantee of a lively, compassionate book full of striking incidents and memorable images… This is a fast-paced social history that never stumbles… A well-orchestrated polyphony of voices that brings history alive- Guardian

Semi Detached Holden

Date: Saturday 7 June
Time: 14.00-17.00
Location: Oakwood (Start)
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8

Charles Holden was responsible for the design of a remarkable series of stations in the early 1930s creating a distinctive ‘house-style’ for the Underground’s Piccadilly line extension stations in north and west London. These stations are now recognized as the best examples of the restrained style of ‘British Modernism’.

This tour starts at Oakwood and visits the futuristic Southgate and the iconic Arnos Grove. Considering the elements of the ‘Holden style’, we will explore how all aspects of the functioning of a busy tube station were dealt with in the design. To compare Holden’s work and place it in its local context, we will visit some contemporary buildings, of different styles near to the stations, and relate the impact on the locality of the arrival of ‘the Tube’.

After the tour there is an optional walk to view the Piccadilly Line's major engineering structure, a viaduct spanning Arnos Park and some nearby Modernist housing' 

Please note that participants will need to be able to access all areas of underground stations and the tour involves getting on and off trains, steps and some walking.

Aldwych in Pictures: A Virtual Tour

Date: Friday 20 June Interpreted in BSL (British Sign Language)
Time: 18.00-19.00
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8 

Discover the secret underground world of Aldwych station, one of London’s secret places. Opening in 1907, it closed nearly 100 years later in 1994 and now has no working lifts. This talk will be delivered in the style of a virtual tour of the station by our expert Aldwych guide, Richard West and will include film footage and photographs as seen on a guided tour as well as some spaces not normally on public view. It will give an introduction to the station’s fascinating history and will also touch on some of the other disused stations on the tube network. Unlike the station with its 160 steps to platform level, this talk will be accessible to all and will also be BSL interpreted.


Holden Goes West

Date: Saturday 21 June
Time: 14.00-17.00
Location: Sudbury Town (Start)
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8

London Transport Museum’s knowledgeable guides continue their investigation of Piccadilly Line stations as examples of ‘British Modernism.’ In the early 1930s, concepts developed by the architect Charles Holden were incorporated into a number of District and Piccadilly line stations in west London. Starting at Sudbury Town, and taking in Alperton, Park Royal and Acton stations we will explore how aspects of a busy Tube station were handled in the ‘Holden style’ design. The tour also includes a brief excursion into the 1920s/30s Hanger Hill (Haymills) estate near Park Royal. After the tour there is an optional extension to look at a Victorian and Edwardian conserved local housing development.

*Please note that participants will need to be able to access all areas of underground stations and the tour involves getting on and off trains, steps and some walking.

Regent Street Bus Cavalcade

Date: Sunday 22 June
Time: 11.30-18.00
Location: Regent Street

Almost 50 buses from the earliest horse-drawn model of the 1820s right up to the New Routemasters of the present day will transform Regent Street in the heart of London’s West End on Sunday 22 June in celebration of the Year of the Bus.

The Regent Street Bus Cavalcade, which will allow visitors free, unprecedented access to the most celebrated London buses of the last 185 years, will be held along the entire length of Regent Street which will be closed to traffic for the day. There will also be a variety of free family activities on offer including Lego workshops, a children’s theatre show and the chance to have a personalised message recorded by the voice of London buses, Emma Hignett.

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The most modern buses – including those powered by hydrogen, electricity and hybrid technology – will be stationed near Oxford Circus, with vehicles increasing in age as visitors make their way towards Piccadilly Circus.  Buses on display from a bygone era will include an example of the earliest horse-drawn bus, motor buses – including London Transport Museum’s recently restored B-type bus, a trolley bus and the original and iconic Routemaster.

Visitors to the Regent Street Bus Cavalcade will also get the chance to:

  • Visit a bus shelter and bus stop made entirely out of Lego outside Hamleys toy shop.  Lego will also be holding workshops for children throughout the day where they can make Lego bus stops to take home;
  • View theatre performances throughout the day – full of fun, feathers and laughter - of the much-loved children’s book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
  • Take home a personalised announcement recorded for you by Emma Hignett – the voice of London’s buses;
  • Visit the Battle Bus exhibition and find out about London Transport Museum’s newly restored B-type bus which will be on display at the event. These buses were commandeered in large numbers during the First World War and converted into ‘Battle Buses’ to carry soldiers to the frontline and were also used as ambulances and even mobile pigeon lofts;
  • Visit the London-based contemporary jewellery company Tatty Devine’s stall which is launching a bus-inspired jewellery range created especially for the Year of the Bus. Tatty Devine will also hold jewellery making workshops on board a London bus;
  • Browse London Transport Museum’s pop-up shop selling exclusive Year of the Bus gifts inspired by London’s classic red buses.  Shops along the length of Regent Street will open at noon;
  • Re-fuel at the London Transport Pop-Up Canteen.

The Regent Street Bus Cavalcade, which is supported by the Regent Street Association and The Crown Estate, is part of Transport for London celebrations to mark the Year of the Bus which is organised in partnership with London Transport Museum and the capital’s bus operators.

Bus Garage Open Days

Many of London’s bus garages will hold special open days to celebrate the Year of the Bus with historic vehicles, family fun activities, heritage displays and travel safety advice. Confirmed bus garage open days:

Stockwell Bus Garage

Date: Saturday 21 June
Time: 10.00-17.00
Location: Stockwell Bus Garage, Lansdowne Way, Lambeth, SW4 6ST

Designed and built in the 1950s by Adie, Button and Partners, Stockwell bus garage is recognised as one of the most important modernist buildings in London. See inside this remarkable bus garage and find out what makes it so noteworthy at this special bus garage open day as part of Year of the Bus 2014. Along with the opportunity to ride a bus through the bus wash, and see some fine examples of heritage buses, including the museum’s recently restored B-type bus, there will also be a mobile exhibition, a bouncy bus, and a range family fun activities.

Amazing Concrete Illustrated Talks
Join a London Transport Museum Guide for illustrated talks throughout the day at Stockwell bus garage and find out why it has been called "London's finest building," by writer Will Self, reflecting London's position as an international centre for architecture.

Fulwell Bus Garage

Date: Saturday 28 June

Time: 10.00-16.00
Location: Wellington Road, Twickenham, TW2 5NX
All proceeds generated from the Fulwell Bus Garage Open Day will be donated to the Princess Alice Hospice which cares for people with terminal illnesses living in Surrey, south west London and Middlesex.

Fulwell Bus Garage was originally built as a tram depot in 1902 and went on to operate the first (1931) and last (1962) trolley buses in London. Today it has 174 buses operating on 13 routes. Visitors to Fulwell Bus Garage, which is operated by RATP Dev UK subsidiary London United, will get the chance to:

  • Take a free trip on vintage and other interesting buses from Twickenham to Hampton Court via the bus garage. There will be departures from the Twickenham Albany bus stop on Queen’s Road every 10 minutes from 10:00 to 16:00;
  • View up to 20 heritage vehicles dating back to as early as 1914 including London Transport Museum’s newly restored B-type bus;
  • View the Year of the Bus mobile exhibition which tells the story of the London Bus and looks to its future;
  • Have fun on the ‘bouncy bus’;
  • Take part in family activities about how to use the transport system safely and responsibly with the Transport for London (TfL) Safety and Citizenship team and pick up your free bus-themed family activity pack;
  • Get up close and personal with objects from the London Transport Museum collection and find out more about the stories behind them with the Tickets Please! handling collection;
  • Browse the London Transport Museum pop-up shop selling exclusive Year of the Bus gifts, and stalls selling centenary merchandise and bus-related memorabilia;
  • Buy BBQ food and refreshments.

Potters Bar Bus Garage

Date: Saturday 5 July
Time: 10.30-16.00
Location: High Street, Potters Bar Hertfordshire, EN6 5BE

Walworth Bus Garage

Date: Saturday 19 July
Time: 11.00-16.00
Location: 301 Camberwell New Road, Southwark, SE5 0TF

Dartford Bus Garage

Date: Sunday 7 September
Time: 10.00-16.00
Location: Central Road, Dartford, DA1 5BG

Bright Club Comedy

Date: Wednesday 25 June
Time: 18.00-21.00
Tickets:
£10 adults, £8 concessions 

In June, we’re teaming up with Bright Club, University College London, to bring you a night of transport comedy. With three transport researchers, and three folk from London Transport Museum telling you tales to make you giggle – buses and trains have never been so funny. Tickets to this event include a free return ticket to the Museum within one month of the event taking place.

Final Run of C-Stock

Date: Sunday 29 June

Departing from Moorgate, this official last C stock tour covers its former territory, including the Hammersmith & City, Circle and District Lines and finishes at Hammersmith.  Passengers will have the opportunity to visit the London Transport Museum pop-up shop at Barking Station during the lunch stop over.

Inside West Ham Bus Garage

Date: Saturday 28 June
Time: 09.45 -12.30; 13.00 -15.45
Location: West Ham
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8

West Ham bus garage is the newest, biggest and greenest bus garage in London, specially designed to replace two depots in Stratford displaced by the Olympic park. The general public are not usually allowed inside, but London Transport Museum and Stagecoach bus company are running two exclusive events inside the bus garage to give YOU the chance to go where few have been before. Find out from the architect, Malcolm McGregor of Pringle Richards Sharratt the design secrets behind West Ham, and the story of its creation from London Transport Museum Research Fellow Oliver Green. These talks will be followed by a tour of the garage by Stagecoach staff.

Aldwych Underground Station Tours

Dates: Thursday 5 to Sunday 29 June
Times: Various
Location: Aldwych Underground Station
Tickets: Adult £25; Concession £20

There is a rare opportunity to take a tour of the disused Aldwych Underground station in the Strand from Thursdays to Sundays in June 2014. Led by expert guides, the public will be able to see the ticket hall, abandoned platforms and tunnels, and inter-connecting walkways – including some that have very rarely been seen by the public. Aldwych station is one of London’s secret places, holding myths and memories of times gone by. It opened to the public in 1907. It was never as heavily used as originally intended and closed nearly 100 years later in 1994. The station has had a varied history; it provided shelter to Londoners during the Blitz and has been used for film and TV shoots including, Sherlock, Mr Selfridge and Atonement. The tours will involve groups of up to 40 people and will run from Thursday 5 to Sunday 29 June. All tickets include a special souvenir booklet and a 50% discounted admission to London Transport Museum located approximately five minutes from Aldwych station.

 

Tubespotting with Geoff Marshall

Date: Wednesday 23 July
Time: 19.00-20.00
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Adults £10; Concessions £8*
Please note this performance contains swearing and is not suitable for unaccompanied children under 15 years old.

Geoff Marshall brings his Edinburgh Fringe preview show to London Transport Museum. Does Geoff have an unhealthy obsession with the London Tube? He likes to think so. Come and revel in the story of one man’s passion for the Underground and find out why he has been challenging the Tube for over 12 years and how he ended up with the accolade of Guinness World Record holder for travelling in the fastest time around the whole of the London Underground. Tickets to this event include a free return ticket to the Museum within one month of the event taking place. 

Carnival City

Date: Friday 18 July
Time: 18.45-22.00
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8
Please note our Friday Late events are for adults aged 18 and over only

Enjoy the swing of summer and celebrate its Carnival atmosphere. Be greeted by the sounds of steel pan brought to us by members of the Notting Hill Carnival Roadshow and come in your best carnival gear and be rewarded by 2 for 1 Strawberry Daiquiris.

Full Programme of Events

Get into the groove with samba dance workshops from the London School of Samba, make a traditional styled carnival mask directed by Gozart professional Carnival artists, or have your face brightly painted. Be enlightened by Curator talks and of course test your knowledge with our transport and carnival quiz.

What’s more, the evening will give you the opportunity to browse our thought provoking exhibition, Goodbye Piccadilly which tells the story of London’s Home Front during the First World War.

Art and Poster Tour - British Sign Language (BSL) 

Date: Saturday 31 May 2014
Time: 15.00-16.00
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: £8.50 (over 16s only)

This tour is a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at London Transport Museum’s Depot at Acton in West London  to discover the world’s finest and most comprehensive collection of transport posters and original artworks. Led by guest BSL speaker John Wilson visitors can immerse themselves in the rich design heritage of London’s transport, explore some of the 7,000 posters that London Transport and its successors commissioned over the last centuary and get close to original artworks that are rarely seen by the public.

Steam on the Underground: 150 years of the Hammersmith & City Line

Date: Saturday 2 and Saturday 9 August

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Hammersmith and City line with an exciting opportunity to experience steam on the Underground. Metropolitan Locomotive No. 1, Metropolitan Milk Van, the Chesham Set, the 1920s Sarah Siddons electric locomotive and the beautifully restored Jubilee Coach 353 will make up the train. Actors and a brass band will entertain passengers at Moorgate Station during these exclusive steam runs through some of London underground tunnels. The first run will go between Northfields and Moorgate (steam hauled, electric on back). The next 3 runs will go from Moorgate to Hammersmith and return to Moorgate (electric hauled out, steam hauled return). The last run will run from Moorgate to Northfields (electric hauled, steam on back).

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Routemaster 60 Bus Rally

Date: 12 July – 13 July
Time: 10.00-18.00
Location: Finsbury Park
Price: Free

In 2014, the very first of London's famous Routemaster buses, RM1, is sixty years old. The Routemaster Association are celebrating this special anniversary with a rally in Finsbury Park. London Transport Museum will be there with four of our own Routemasters – RM1 itself, as well as the newly restored RM2 , FRM1 and RCL2229. We will also be bringing along the Battle Bus, a B-type bus recently restored to working condition. Come along and see the bus that went to war before it tours the First World War battlefields.  The LTM pop up shop will also be in attendance, and our learning team are bringing some family activities, so remember visit us over the weekend.

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Steam: Rickmansworth to Chesham

Date: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 August

Enjoy a stunning steam train ride on the Metropolitan Line between Rickmansworth and Chesham. Our train will be made up of Metropolitan Locomotive No. 1, L150 steam Locomotive, Metropolitan Milk Van, the Chesham Set, Sarah Siddons electric locomotive and Metropolitan Jubilee Coach 353.

Enjoy a stunning steam train ride on the Metropolitan Line between Rickmansworth and Chesham. Our train will be made up of Metropolitan Locomotive No. 1, L150 steam Locomotive, Metropolitan Milk Van, the Chesham Set, Sarah Siddons electric locomotive and Metropolitan Jubilee Coach 353.ham and return to Harrow-on-the-Hill (steam hauled out, steam hauled return).

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Summer Holidays: Going Undercover

All summer holiday childrens activities are free for young children accompanied by a paying adult.

Week 1: 28 July-1 August

Storytime: The Adventures of Constance the Clippie

Time: 11.00 and 14.00 (lasts approximately 20 minutes)
Description: Listen to Constance the ‘conductorette’ as she teaches you her clever tricks for catching thieves and cheats who try to short-change her and dodge paying their fares under the cover of darkness. Suitable for families with children aged 3-7.

Make-and-take: Stash the Cash

Time: Drop in between 11.30 to 12.30 and 14.30 to 15.45
Description: Use clay to make old coins, before stitching yourself a purse to carry them home in. Suitable for families with children aged 4-12.

Week 2: 4-8 August

Storytime: Pigeon Post

Time: 11.00 and 14.00 (lasts approximately 20 minutes)
Description: Percy and Penny Pigeons are in love, but Percy is in Belgium and Penny is in France, kept apart by their code-carrying wartime missions – can you help them reunite? Suitable for families with children aged 3-7.

Make-and-take: Young Codemakers

Time: Drop in between 11.30 to 12.30 and 14.30 to 15.45
Description: Make your own secret messages and take them home with your specially made carrier pigeon. Suitable for families with children aged 6-12.

Week 3: 11-15 August

Be Safe Week

This week involves a Going Undercover circuit where young visitors can dash between different transport safety scenarios, solving clues and learning from the professionals. Get your fingerprints taken and learn how the police gather evidence, become a bike safety Detective and identify different particles of objects. Each young person that completes the circuit will go into a prize draw.

Week 4: 18-22 August

Storytime: The Adventures of Constance the Clippie

Time: 11.00 and 14.00 (lasts approximately 20 minutes)
Description: Listen to Constance the ‘conductorette’ as she teaches you her clever tricks for catching thieves and cheats who try to short-change her and dodge paying their fares under the cover of darkness. Suitable for families with children aged 3-7.

Make-and-take: Stash the Cash

Time: Drop in between 11.30 to 12.30 and 14.30 to 15.45
Description: Use clay to make old coins, before stitching yourself a purse to carry them home in. Suitable for families with children aged 3-7.

Week 5: 25-29 August

Storytime: Pigeon Post

Time: 11.00 and 14.00 (lasts approximately 20 minutes)
Description: Percy and Penny Pigeons are in love, but Percy is in Belgium and Penny is in France, kept apart by their code-carrying wartime missions – can you help them reunite? Suitable for families with children aged 3-7.

Make-and-take: Young Codemakers

Time: Drop in between 11.30 to 12.30 and 14.30 to 15.45
Description: Make your own secret messages and take them home with your specially made carrier pigeon. Suitable for families with children aged 3-7.

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Tickets Please: Object Handling

Date: 6-29 August
Time: 11.00- 16.00 (Drop-in)

Has a bus conductor ever issued you a ticket from a Gibson Machine? Engage with the Museum’s experienced volunteers who can demonstrate ticket machines and give visitors the chance to get hands on with some of our fascinating collection.

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First World War Propaganda Posters

Date: Tuesday 2 September
Time:
18.30-20.00
Location:
Covent Garden
Tickets:
Adult £10; Concession £8

David Bownes, Assistant Director of Collections at the National Army Museum gives an insight into the uses of posters for propaganda during the First World War. Tickets to this event include admission to the London Transport Museum within one month of the event, giving you the chance to see our new poster parade featuring propaganda posters displayed on the Underground during the First and Second World Wars.

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"Ole Bill" Talk and Book Launch

Date: Thursday 11 September
Time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Adult £10, Concession £8

A new book, Ole Bill – London Buses and the First World War by Dr William D. Ward, will be launched at the Museum on the evening of Thursday 11 September.

Dr Ward will give an illustrated talk based on extensive original research for his new book. Afterwards there will be a Q&A session and Dr Ward will be available to sign copies of his book. Both the talk and book bring to life the busmen’s experience of the Western Front and their contribution to the war effort of 1914 to1918 – a lesser-known story within the vast historical records of the First World War. Ole Bill – London Buses and the First World War has been published by London Transport Museum as part of its commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.

Tickets include free entry to London Transport Museum from 16.00 to see B-type Bus No. 2737 (B2737) which will have been transformed from its traditional red and cream livery into wartime appearance, and Ole Bill bus No. B43, which is currently on loan from the Imperial War Museum.

Behind the scenes at Acton Depot

Date: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2014
Time: 11.00-17.00 (last admission 16.00)
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8; LTM Friends and Children under 17 go free (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

Online booking is no longer available however tickets can be purchased on the day from the Acton Depot ticket desk.

London Transport Museum will open the doors of its Depot in Acton, West London for a special open weekend on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2014. Visitors will have access to the Depot’s vast collection of over 400,000 objects, including posters, engineering drawings, signs and ephemera and an extensive collection of historic road and rail vehicles.

Come and see the newly restored B-type bus, which dates from 1914, before it begins its commemorative journey to the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium. Stripped of its red London paintwork and with boarded up windows, the bus will have been converted into a khaki wartime ‘Battle Bus’.

  • Listen to Curators as they talk about why and how the B-type bus B2737 was restored.
  • Discover what happened to London’s buses during the First World War with talks from author Dr Graham Winton.
  • Watch filmed interviews featuring people who experience the Frist World War - at home and on the Western Front.
  • Enjoy archive film footage of buses through the ages.
  • Admire vintage motorcycles from the London Motorcycle Museum, including 1919 Triumph Model H.
  • Gather round the B-type bus and sing along with a selection of vintage music hall favourites. Singer Patricia Hammond performs, with Matt Redmond on guitar and banjo. (Saturday 13 September only)
  • Enjoy an exclusive preview of the 'Dazzle Bus' - one of the 60 New Routemaster bus sculptures coming to London this October as part of celebrations to mark the Year of the Bus, in association with Wild in Art.

Other activities include:

  • Family fun - storytelling and craft activities
  • Bouncy bus (suitable for children aged 5-13 only, weather dependent activity)
  • Curator - led tours of the small object store
  • Tour the bus pit and get a different view of a London bus
  • Acton Miniature Railway rides
  • Travel Safety workshops with Transport for London’s Safety and Citizenship team

Goodbye Piccadilly Curator Tour (BSL Interpreted)

Date: Friday 26 September
Time: 11.00-12.00
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: £8.00 (includes museum entry)

Join curator Caroline MacVay as she gives a fascinating introduction and insight into this year’s major exhibition Goodbye Piccadilly – from Home front to Western Front. The exhibition will present London Transport Museum’s unique perspective on the First World War, exploring how the conflict accelerated social change, how it impacted on the lives of Londoners, particularly women, and the essential role made by bus service staff and buses to the war effort, both at home and abroad

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National Poetry Day open mic event

Date: Thursday 2 October
Time: 11.30–12.30
Location: Outside London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza

Come and join in the celebrations for National Poetry Day at London Transport Museum. We’re working with London Underground and the Poetry Society to bring you an open mic event in Covent Garden Piazza. Hosted by poet and Poetry Society membership manager Paul McGrane, we’ve already got some museum staff lined up to take part. So bring along your own poem to read on the official National Poetry Day theme of ‘remember’, pick one from our ready-made ‘remember’-themed list, or just come along and listen!

Image: © Will Marlow

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Labyrinth Film Preview and Book Signing

Date: Friday 3 October
Time: 19.00-20.00
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Adult £5

Online booking has now closed. You can still purchase tickets at the Museum Ticket Desk or by calling our Booking Office on 020 7565 7298 until 17.45. 

In what may well be the largest work of public art in history, Turner-prize winning artist Mark Wallinger placed a uniquely designed labyrinth in each of London's 270 Underground stations. The project was commissioned by Art on the Underground to mark the 150th anniversary of London Underground in 2013.

Art on the Underground is delighted to premier Labyrinth, a newshort film by Jared Schiller that documents this vast, permanent work of public art across the entire Tube network and offers an insight into the Tube Challenge which, in part, inspired Wallinger.

The screening will be followed by a book signing with Mark Wallinger of Labyrinth: A Journey Through London’s Underground, published by Art/Books, that comprehensively details this major permanent work on the London Underground. Alongside striking new photographs of all 270 labyrinths in situ, and fascinating facts about each station and their surrounds, the publication contains a number of original essays on the project.

To find out more about Labyrinth visit http://art.tfl.gov.uk/labyrinth

Kate Adie: Fighting on the Home Front

Date: Tuesday 14 October
Time:
18.30-20.00
Location:
Covent Garden
Tickets:
Foyer Viewing £5

Bestselling author and award-winning former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie reveals the ways in which women's lives changed during World War One and what the impact has been for women in its centenary year. Tickets to this event include admission to the London Transport Museum within one month of the event.

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Symposium: The social history and cultural significance of the London bus

Date: Saturday 18 October
Time: 
10.00-16.00
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Day ticket £40; Concession £35; Student £20

How has the London bus changed the world? From encouraging female emancipation, supporting the war effort in 1914-18, providing design classics and inspiring art the bus has become part of the cultural identity of London.  A one day conference for Year of the Bus, in which our prominent  speakers look at the iconic nature of London’s red double-decker buses, their social history, economic impact and cultural significance.

Symposium tickets include entrance to the museum galleries for one month from the date of the event.

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Programme summary

  • Next stop, the Western Front: The role of the London bus during the First World War 
    Sam Mullins, London Transport Museum
  • All Change: The Routemaster from austerity to affluence 
    Joe Kerr, Royal College of Art
  • Picturing the London bus: A short history of London buses in art, 1829-1960
    Richard Dennis, University College London
  • Amy Levy and Virginia Woolf: Bus, modernity and the novel
    Ana Parejo Vadillo, Birkbeck College
  • How buses can transform the world
    Nick Tyler CBE, University College London
  • Panel discussion and questions from audience
    Chaired by Sam Mullins

Speaker biographies

Sam Mullins is Director of London Transport Museum, the Vice President of AIM, the voice of independent museums in the UK, and a board member of the Museums Association.  

Joe Kerr is a writer, broadcaster and historian. He is Head of the Critical & Historical Studies Programme at the Royal College of Art, and a bus driver working at Tottenham Garage.

Richard Dennis is Professor of Geography at University College London (UCL), where he teaches and researches on the historical geography of 19th and early 20th century cities. He is the author of Cities in Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Ana Parejo Vadillo is co-director of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.  She has written on poetry, the novel, optical entertainment and urban mass-transport (omnibuses and underground) at the end of the nineteenth-century.

Professor Nick Tyler CBE is the Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering, at UCL and Pro-Provost, East and South Asia. Nick Tyler works with clinical, engineering, social science, arts and humanities researchers in order to explore exactly how people interact with their immediate environment. 

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Halloween: Subterranean Scream

Date: Friday 31 October
Time: 
18.45-22.00
Location: 
Covent Garden
Tickets: 
Adult £10; Concession £8
Please note our Friday Late events are for adults aged 18 and over only

Delve into London’s dark and deadly side at our special Halloween Friday Late.

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Not just a way to get from A-B, the London Underground has a folklore all of its own. Scott Wood, author of London Urban Legends: The Corpse on the Tube and Other Stories, and co-founder of the London Fortean Society, will be exploring the Tube's dark past in a series of talks throughout the night.

If you’re feeling brave, ignite your senses and tap into your spiritual side with a tarot consultation by author and tarot reader Cilla Conway. Get glammed up with authentic and gruesome wounds from our deadly makeup artist and enjoy the 2-4-1 offer on our special spooky cocktail for the night. You might also want to have a go at our Deadly London pub quiz.

Be sure to watch out for the story-telling ghosts wandering the museum gallery and don’t forget to come in costume, or you’ll miss out on a fantastically freaky treat.  We wouldn’t want anyone to get a trick now…

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Angels Fancy Dress are offering a special 10% discount to our Friday Late ticket holders. Just visit the Angels website and quote code LATE14 at the checkout. This code can also be used instore at Angels in Shaftsbury Avenue and Hendon. Ticket must be shown instore to receive the discount.

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October half-term: Buses in disguise

Date: 27–31 October

Storytime

Time: 11.00 and 14.00

Fun and interactive storytelling sessions. Join us on a time travelling adventure to Victorian London. Can you make it back to 2014 without anyone finding out you’re from the future? Maybe you’ll need some sort of disguise! Suitable for families with children aged 3–7

Make and take craft workshops

Time: 11.30 and 14.30

Get hands on with our creative craft activities. Build your own bus inspired by over 150 years of public transport, then take it on a ride round the Museum before taking it home. Suitable for families with children aged 4–12

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The Iron Road

Date: Wednesday 12 November
Time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Adult £10, Concession £8

Join leading transport commentator and author Christian Wolmar as he reveals how the railways have shaped London in a way that has now mostly been forgotten. From the London & Greenwich built on a series of 878 arches, to the construction of the main line terminuses, and of course the world’s first underground system designed specifically to allow the capital to expand into the green fields beyond, the iron road can truly be said to have created the London we know today. Christian will be also signing copies of his new book The Iron Road.

 

Symposium: 1914–1918 from Home Front to Western Front

Date: Saturday 15 November
Time:
10.00-16.00
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets:
Day ticket £40; Concession £35; Student £20

Delve deeper into our Goodbye Piccadilly exhibition with this symposium. Talks from museum curators, academics and authors explore the themes of the exhibition in more depth, and your ticket includes the chance to see the exhibition as well as our new poster parade display for one month from the date of the event. 

Symposium programme [3.62 MB]

Programme summary

  • An introduction to the exhibition by the lead exhibition curator Simon Murphy
  • Modern Metropolis, London before the First World War, Beverly Cook, Museum of London Curator
  • London in the First World War, Professor Jerry White, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Western Front: The role of the B-type Bus, Sam Mullins, Director of London Transport Museum
  • Women in London Transport, Helena Wojtczak, award winning author of Railwaywomen Exploitation, Betrayal and Triumph in the Workplace
  • A New London, panel discussion and audience questions, chaired by Sam Mullins

Speakers

  • Beverley Cook is Curator of Social & Working History at the Museum of London.
  • Sam Mullins, Director of London Transport Museum since 1994.
  • Simon Murphy has been a curator at London Transport Museum since 1989.
  • Professor Jerry White, teaches modern British history at Birkbeck, University of London. His book Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War was published by The Bodley Head in May 2014.
  • Helena Wojtczak, is an independent, award-winning author-publisher of six books in the field of women's and social history.

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Battle Bus Depot tours

Discover what buses were used on London’s streets 100 years ago. Find out what type of bus was sold as a summerhouse. Learn how passengers on London’s buses were kept safe during the Second World War. Join us as we explore the stories of some of our oldest buses.

The tour is free of charge and takes place at London Transport Museum’s Depot at Acton. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Battle Bus Depot tour dates

All tours run on the following dates at 11.00 and 14.00 and last for approximately one hour.

November
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23

Tickets

Tickets for the Battle Bus tours are FREE however they must be pre-booked. Tickets can also be booked from our Ticket Office on +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (open 10.00-17.30 daily)

 

Women, fashion and the First World War

Date: Tuesday 18 November
Time:
18.30-20.00
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8

Tickets can be booked at the Museum ticket desk

Join design and fashion historian Emmanuelle Dirix at an illustrated talk called Women, fashion and the First World War and discover how the First World War not only changed women’s lives but also how they dressed.

Ms Dirix will discuss how the huge political and social upheaval of the early twentieth century led to dramatic changes in the fashionable female silhouette and saw the birth of the New Woman after the war.

For the first time in history women took on traditionally male roles in the workforce on a huge scale while men fought on the Western Front. This was reflected in a more practical approach to dressing and saw the shocking introduction of shorter skirts, shorter hairstyles and even trousers into the female wardrobe.

Ms Dirix will focus on the female war experience as a force for change from the lavish but constrictive Edwardian style to a more comfortable and ultimately modern fashion aesthetic. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

Visitors wishing to see original early twentieth century female conductors’ uniforms and learn more about women’s lives, fashion and culture can visit London Transport Museum’s exhibition Goodbye Piccadilly: From Home Front to Western Front.

Tickets to this event include free admission to both the Museum and the Goodbye Piccadilly: From Home Front to Western Front exhibition within one month of the event.

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Paint the Town Red

Date: Friday 28 November
Time: 
18.45-22.00
Location: 
Covent Garden
Tickets: 
Adult £10; Concession £8
Please note our Friday Late events are for adults aged 18 and over only

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Come and party at a Friday Late devoted to celebrating all things bus. We're hosting a jam-packed evening of fun, frolics and festive shopping on Friday 28 November.

Programme of events 

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Eat, drink and be merry

Let Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley be your DJ for the evening as you enjoy the offerings of our fully-stocked bar and 2-for-1 bus-themed cocktails. If all the activity makes you peckish then we invite you to indulge in the bar food being served throughout the evening in our Upper Deck cafe bar. Our special Museum band The Relics will also make an appearance, playing classic covers in the Cubic theatre. Dancing and singing is optional but encouraged! 

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Get creative

Bring your creative flair with you and make your own bus destination blind travel card holder or magnet with experts from The Crafthouse. You can also create your own 'balloon powered' bus to take home. Feeling pretty? Paint your lips red at the Lipstick and Curls beauty parlour.

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Shop

Pop up art fair and discounts throughout the evening for early and eager Christmas shoppers.

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Challenge your brain

Dip into a selection of talks throughout the evening or battle for supremacy in our bus trivia pub quiz.

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Snap up unique and exclusive offers 

Meet the voice of London buses and record your very own voicemail greeting that will be sure to impress your friends. See printmaker Paul Catherall unveil his new illustrated prints and posters and be among the first to purchase a special edition gin, made exclusively for us by the East London Liquor Company. Outline Editions will also be here selling limited edition prints of their new bus inspired oyster card wallet designs, with artists signing a selection. 

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Aldwych disused Underground station tours

Date: Thursdays to Sundays, 22 January 2015 – 15 February 2015
Time: 
Various
Location: Aldwych Underground Station (Surrey Street entrance)
Tickets: Adult £25; Concession £20

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There is a rare opportunity to take a tour of the disused Aldwych Underground station in the Strand from Thursdays to Sundays in January and February 2015. Led by expert guides, the public will be able to see the ticket hall, the original lifts, abandoned platforms and tunnels, and inter-connecting walkways – including some that have very rarely been seen by the public.

Aldwych station is one of London’s secret places, holding myths and memories of times gone by. It opened to the public in 1907. It was never as heavily used as originally intended and closed nearly 100 years later in 1994. The station has had a varied history; it provided shelter to Londoners during the Blitz and has been used for film and TV shoots including, SherlockMr Selfridge and Atonement.

The tours will involve groups of up to 40 people. All tickets include a special souvenir booklet, 50% discounted day ticket admission to London Transport Museum and 10% off in the Museum Shop located (within 30 days from original tour date) approximately five minutes from Aldwych station.

Essential information for all ticket holders: Terms and Conditions [275 KB]

Other important access information

  • Access to the platform is by staircase only and there is no working lift in operation. 160 stairs connect the ticket hall level to the platform level - there is no step-free access.
  • Visitors should wear sturdy shoes. Guests wearing open toe sandals, shoes or high-heels will be refused entry due to a health and safety requirements.
  • Children under 16 years of age are not permitted into the station

Farewell Leicester Square

Date: Friday 6 February 2015
Time: 18.45-22.00
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8
Please note our Friday Late events are for adults aged 18 and over only

Booking online is now closed. Tickets can be purchased on the door. 

Friday Late programme [2.1 MB]

Join us as we bid farewell to the Goodbye Piccadilly exhibition exploring the life of Londoners during the First World War which heralded a new London and the dawn of the jazz age. An evening bursting with activities, workshops, illustrated talks and live music from the KD jazz and dance orchestra band. 

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Highlights include:

  • Enjoy our illustrated curator talk on the transition from post-war depression to the boom years of the 1920s.
  • Travel back through the decades to a not-so-innocent age as Lucinda Gosling from the Mary Evans Picture Library conducts a tour of the highlights and low lives of early 20th century London nightlife - from law-breaking nightclubs and risqué cabaret performances to the rise of drug culture and adultery scandals.
  • Indulge in some award winning cocktails from Erik Lorincz, head bar tender from the American Bar at the Savoy who will be designing the evenings one off speciality cocktail and delivering a talk on the history of the cocktail and the American bar.
  • Brighten up your look with the lipstick and curls beauty parlour ladies and their vintage make up magic.
  • Try your hand with our art deco workshop and design and create a flapper style headband or decorative pocket square.
  • Test your knowledge with our fun and friendly pub quiz, this is no time to get in a flap as there are prizes to be won!  

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February half-term

Shadow puppet cinema

Date: 16-20 February 2015
Ages: 
5-12
Time: from 11.30 and 14.30 
Duration: approximately 1 hour
A day for budding young directors! Find out how Londoners were discovering a brand new form of entertainment known as cinema 100 years ago. Then use craft materials to cut your very own masterpiece

Storytime

Date: 16-20 February 2015
Ages: 
3-7
Time: 11.00 and 14.00 
Duration: approximately 20 minutes
Join in the fun with our interactive storytime. Constance the ‘conductorette’ has some clever tricks for catching thieves and cheats who try to short change her under the cover of wartime blackouts

Tickets, please! sessions

Date: 17-18 and 20-22 February 2015
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
These sessions give families the opportunity to handle objects from the Museum’s bus and uniform collections. Highlights include a Gibson ticket machine, bell punch and souvenir ticket to take home.

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BSL Goodbye Piccadilly interpreted tour

Date: Friday 13 February
Time: 
10.00 - 11.00
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8

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Join curator Simon Murphy as he gives a fascinating introduction and insight into this year’s major exhibition Goodbye Piccadilly – from Home front to Western Front. The exhibition will present London Transport Museum’s unique perspective on the First World War, exploring how the conflict accelerated social change, how it impacted on the lives of Londoners, particularly women, and the essential role made by bus service staff and buses to the war effort, both at home and abroad.

 

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All change! Did the First World War transform the lives of London women?

Date: Tuesday 10 March 2015
Time: 
18.30 - 20.00
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8

Tickets sales for this event are now offline. Tickets can still be purchased by phoning our Booking Office +44 (0)20 7565 7298 (until 17.30) or at the Ticket Desk in the Museum.  

Join Beverly Cook, Museum of London’s Working and Social History Curator, as she uncovers the lives of women in London before and during the First World War. For some women, the war offered the opportunity to become financially independent, but how does this contrast with life in London before the war.

Hearne House tours 

Date: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April 2015
Time: Various
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: Free (attendees must have a valid ticket to the Museum Depot April 2015 Open Weekend).

Discover how the Tube is made safe to travel with a rare tour of Hearne House, Transport for London’s engineering testing workshop, and find out how modern technology keep the trains running safely.

Prior booking is essential for this tour as there are a limited number of spaces available. Children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult. 

Depot Open Weekend

Date: Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 September 
Time: 11.00-17.00 (last entry 16.00)
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8 
Children and young people aged 17 and under go free (under 12s must be accompanied by an adult) 

Tickets can now be purchased at the Acton Depot Ticket Desk on the day of entry 

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On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April London Transport Museum will throw open the doors of its Depot in Acton, west London, giving Londoners and visitors to the capital the chance to peek inside and marvel at treasures from London’s transport past and present.

A weekend jam-packed with activities to celebrate the hidden stories of London’s transport system is in store for families, local residents, transport enthusiasts and anybody interested in the secret history of London.

Visitors will be able to take a trip on a moving miniature railway, take part in a guided bus pit tour, watch live demonstrations ofhow the Emergency Response Team deals with incidents on the transport system, listen to a talk by the editor of the Londonist about secret tunnels and disused stations on the Underground, while film buffs can put their feet up and watch rare films from the Museum’s archives.

Visitors can also discover how the Tube is made safe to travel with a rare tour of Hearne House, Transport for London’s engineering testing workshop, and find out how modern technology keep the trains running safely. Attendees must have a valid ticket to the Museum Depot Open Weekend and prior booking is essential.

Open weekend events and activities include:

  • A talk about London’s transport secrets by Matt Brown, editor of the Londonist 
  • Rides on Acton Miniature Railway
  • Meet the team that keeps the London transport system moving and safe after a fire or other emergency on the transport network
  • Bus pit guided tours
  • Family activities for children which include building spaghetti bridges and sand tunnels
  • Heritage bus runs
  • Visit the luxurious underground Carriage 353 decorated with gold leaf and velvet
  • Explore the Depot’s Engineering Drawings Collection
  • Find out what an engineer does all day on the Engineering Ambassadors Trail
  • Discover how signalling works and how important it is
  • Braking Eggsperiment - discover engineering secrets that slow Tube trains down with as little braking power as possible and have a go yourself on this fun activity.
  • Hidden Heroes Scavenger Hunt – find the objects that have kept London moving
  • Miniature Models – explore the Museum’s own collection of scale models of underground stations and check out models made by our invited guests, with some creations in Lego and Bayko
  • Film shows from the Museum’s archive, including a screening of the 1922 film Solving London’s TrafficProblem with live commentary from curator Simon Murphy
  • Find out more about how the Museum’s recently restored Battle Bus was used to transport troops in the First World War at home and abroad, and get on board the bus for a closer look
  • Shoppers can pick up stylish London Transport inspired gifts, models and books from the Museum Depot shop
  • Transport enthusiasts can check out a wide variety of independent stalls selling vintage transport memorabilia and original collectable items.

Activities for children: 11.00 to 16.30

Children aged 3 to 12 can discover hidden engineering techniques by building spaghetti bridges, tricky towers, and sand tunnels.

Film screenings: throughout the day

Rare films from the Museum’s archives will be screened on both days and include:

Solving London’s Traffic Problem (1922)
This silent film shows rare footage of the tunnels on the Bank branch of the Northern line being widened. See the Greathead Shield in action and discover how Tube lines were built under the Thames. Curator Simon Murphy will an introduction and provide a commentary to set the film in context.

Behind the scenes at Transport for London’s Lost Property Office (2011)

On Broadway – a Day in the Life of Tooting Broadway (2011)

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Easter family activities

Storytelling

Dates: 28 and 29 March and weekdays 30 March – 17 April
Time: 11.00 and 14.00. The story time lasts 20 minutes
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Free with your admission ticket

Join Horace the Hare and Monty Mole as they try to meet in London and keep missing each other.  Poor Horace!  Will he ever make it to Kings Cross. Suitable for ages 3-6.

Animated London

Dates: 28 and 29 March and weekdays 30 March – 17 April
Time: 11.30 and 14.30. The activities last up to an hour
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Free with your admission ticket

Inspired by the animals and vehicles in our new Family Galleries, make characters and bring them to life using a camera and a series of photographs. Make a short stop-frame animation. Suitable for ages 6-12.

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Holden goes West

Date: Saturday 13 and Saturday 20 June 2015
Time: 14.00 - 17.00
Location: Guided walking tour
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8

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As part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture and celebrating great Holden design, join our guides on 1 of our most popular walking tours. London Transport Museum’s knowledgeable guides continue their investigation of Piccadilly Line stations as examples of ‘British Modernism.’  In the early 1930s, concepts developed by the architect Charles Holden were incorporated into a number of District and Piccadilly line stations in west London. Starting at Sudbury Town, and taking in Alperton, Park Royal and Acton stations we will explore how aspects of a busy Tube station were handled in the ‘Holden style’ design. (The tour also includes a brief excursion into the 1920s/30s Hanger Hill (Haymills) estate near Park Royal).

*Please note that participants will need a travel card or equivalent ticket for zones 3 & 4. The tour will involve getting on and off trains, steps and some walking. **Spaces are limited to 12 on each tour. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

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London’s first skyscraper

Date: Tuesday 9 June 2015
Time: 18.30 - 21.00
Location: 55 Broadway, St James’s Park station, entrance via London Underground offices, SW1H (top floor roof garden and terrace)
Tickets: £15 (tickets limited to 70)
There will be a bar and the opportunity for drinks on the terrace overlooking London’s skyline both before and after the talk

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Oliver Green talks tall. 90 years ago the Underground needed a big new head office. Architect Charles Holden came up with a striking design for a difficult site over St  James's Park station. When it opened in 1929 this was the tallest building in Westminster (at ten storeys!) and won the prestigious RIBA London architecture medal. 55 Broadway's innovative Manhattan style was a revelation in London. Although widely praised as stylish and prestigious office development, its avant garde sculptures by Jacob Epstein adorning the facade were controversial, causing scandalised outrage in the popular press. Today it is a grade 1 listed building with the same level of architectural heritage protection as St Paul's Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament.

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Night Shift

Date: Friday 11 September 2015
Time: 18.45 - 22.00
Location: Covent Garden
Tickets: Adult £12; Concession £10

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Join us for our next Friday Late and celebrate the opening night of our new exhibition Night Shift, which explores late night London from the introduction of electric power to the contemporary 24 hour city.

We’re celebrating all things nocturnal, so grab a pair of headphones and throw some shapes at the silent disco, take a dive into the ball pool and get party ready with some neon face art. We’ve got great talks lined up and plenty of crafty activities too. Channel your inner night owl and come dressed to impress for an evening out.

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Highlights include:

  • Talks by Daniel Greenwood from the London Wildlife Trust on London wildlife after dark over the last 150 years; and Matt Brown, Editor-at-Large of the Londonist, on a few of the more unusual exploits from London's history and some of the night-time adventures modern Londoners might explore
  • Music by our very own curator Simon Murphy, a.k.a 'Museum of Vinyl', who will be behind the decks with a playlist of the best of youth culture hits from the 50’s to the 80’s
  • Food and drink, including a one off night themed cocktail
  • Get quizzical with a pub-style quiz on London’s nightlife
  • Big kid fun with neon face art, colouring in, balloon amazement from Miss Ballooniverse and our adult ball pool
  • Get crafty with the London Craft Club and embellish a bespoke night time glam Oyster Card wallet with fluorescent paints, crystals and glitter. You can also fashion your own fabric night owl key ring!
  • Curator led talks and tours of our new Night Shift exhibition 
  • Explore the museum at your own pace with the scavenger hunt

Partner offer

For a one night only party offer, London Transport Museum is partnering up with Mabel’s, Covent Garden’s new nightspot. After an evening of fun, culture and frolics at London Transport Museum, head down to Maiden Lane where the friendly folks at Mabel’s are offering free entry and a glass of prosecco to all those with an LTM Night Shift Friday Late ticket. http://www.mabels-coventgarden.co.uk/

Poetry in the Piazza

Date: Thursday 8 October 2015
Time: 13.00 – 14.00
Location: Covent Garden Piazza in front of London Transport Museum entrance
Tickets: Free 

Join the London Transport Museum, London Underground and The Poetry Society as we celebrate National Poetry Day 2015. We’ll be venturing out into the Covent Garden Piazza for a poetry open mic session, exploring this year’s themes of Light and how this relates to our Night Shift themes of the night and darkness. This is an event for all, so come down and listen to people reciting their favourite poems, or even join in yourself!

The Poetry Society is the leading poetry organisation in the UK. Find out more on the Poetry Society website. You can also visit the National Poetry Day website for more information about events happening all around the country for National Poetry Day 2015.

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Michael Robbins centenary symposium

Date: Friday 16 October 2015
Time: 14.00 to 17.30
Location: Cubic Theatre
Tickets: Adult £15; Concession £12.50; LTM Friends and TfL staff £10  

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In the year of the centenary of his birth, we are celebrating the many faceted contribution of Michael Robbins to London history, notably to that of the old county of Middlesex, pioneering railway history, transport preservation, and to organisations such as the Society of Antiquaries, Museum of London, London & Middlesex Archaeological Society and London Transport Museum.

A series of presentations in the afternoon will attempt to do justice to the broad spectrum of Michael’s passions and scholarship.

  • Tony Travers - Reflections on London government, its politics and politicians and their relationship to transport policy
  • Carlos Galviz - Trailing carriages and electric circuits: Technology and Metropolis in London and Paris, 1890-1910
  • John Clark - Michael Robbins’s Middlesex – and after
  • Sam Mullins - London Transport Museum and preservation since 1980
  • Richard Dennis - Middlesex in the Railway Age: the Metropolitan Railway and the remaking of Harrow
  • Andrew Kennedy - Oakwood Press - the first 80 years 

Make Mine a Double 

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Friday Late

Date: Friday 30 October 2015
Time: 
18.45 to 22.00 (last admission 21.15)
Location: 
Covent Garden
Tickets: 
Adult £8 
Please note this event is strictly for those aged 18 years and over 

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As part of Museums at Night, the Museum galleries will stay open until 22.00 for you to enjoy. As well as a DJ, and bars serving indulgent cocktails, we also have talks from Susan Scott, archivist at The Savoy, with anecdotes from behind the scenes at one of London’s most iconic hotels, and Lucinda Gosling on the scandalous goings on in London’s high society in the early 20 Century. There will be curator tours of the Museum’s new exhibition, Night Shift – London after Dark and the Poster Parade Electrifying London as well as a screening of Night Streets – a 1950s film about what happens on London Underground once the trains stop running. We also have games, craft activities and an exclusive cocktail, the Gimlet Reloaded, available at the Museum for one night only. Guests can also take advantage of a special Night Bus cocktail offer of 2 for £10.00. 

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Spirited London: Gin Tasting

Date: Friday 30 October 2015
Time: 
Sitting 1: 19.00 to 21.00 / Sitting 2: 20.30 to 21.45 
Location: 
Cubic Theatre
Tickets: 
Adult £15; Concession £12 Please note this event is strictly for those aged 18 years and over 

All ticket holders for this event will gain free entry to the Friday Late Entry after Sitting 1 finishes at 20.15, or before the start of Sitting 2 at 20.30.

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Due to popular demand we have laid on a second Gin Tasting evening on 30 October. Guests will be able to enjoy a journey through the history of gin, with a series of talks and guided tastings from industry experts Nicholas Cook of The Gin Guild and Tom Hills of The East London Liquor Company. Taste eight different gins that each encapsulate and define moments in the history of the spirit.

There will also be the opportunity to sample a Gimlet Reloaded cocktail* – a twist on the classic designed by the in-house mixologist at The East London Liquor Company.

*The Gimlet is classic English cocktail traditionally made with gin and lime cordial. The Gimlet Reloaded has been given a new twist by The East London Liquor Company and combines ELLC London Dry Gin with grapefruit juice and eucalyptus syrup, for a zingy and refreshing finish.

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Night Walking talk: An evening with Matthew Beaumont

Date: Wednesday 11 November 2015
Time: 19.00 – 20.30
Location: Cubic Theatre
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8

What does London reveal of itself at night? And what does it offer to those who choose to loiter in its streets after dark? Explore and discover nocturnal London with author Matthew Beaumont, as he recounts an alternative history of London through the eyes of those who lived and walked it from the time of Shakespeare to Dickens - peopled with the city's literary nightwalkers and those they encounter on the streets once the sun has gone down. There will also be the opportunity to talk to Matthew after his talk, and to buy signed copies of his book ‘Night Walking’ whilst enjoying a drink at our bar.

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Film screening: Piccadilly (1929)

Date: Tuesday 1 December 2015
Time: 19.00 – 21.30
Location: Cubic Theatre
Tickets: Adult £15; Concession and LTM Friends £12
*Film starts at 19.00. Drinks are available at our Upper Deck cafe bar from 18.30

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Settle back in your seats for a special screening of Piccadilly, a stylish evocation of Jazz Age London, ranging from the opulent West End nightclubs to seedy Limehouse. Beautifully restored by the BFI National Film & Television Archive; and directed by E.A. Dupont, Piccadilly stars the screen goddess Anna May Wong as Shosho, a scullery maid in a fashionable London nightclub who rises to become the toast of London. 

The film will be accompanied by a live musical performance from Stephen Horne, one of the UK’s leading silent film accompanist. Based at BFI Southbank, he performs regularly at the Barbican Centre and the Imperial War Museum, and also internationally at film festivals in Pordenone, Telluride, San Francisco, Berlin and Bon

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From Day into Night: Walking the Ginger Line with Iain Sinclair

Date: Wednesday 20 January 2016
Time: 19:00 – 20:30*
Location: Cubic Theatre
Tickets: Adult £10; Concession £8
*Talk starts at 19:00. Tickets include 15% off cocktails, beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks available at the Museum’s Upper Deck cafe bar from 18:00.

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Join Iain Sinclair for an account of his London adventure - where he explores the city through a day’s tramp around the circuit of the London Overground railway, or the Ginger line. Shortly after rush-hour and accompanied by a companion, Sinclair begins walking, and along the way encounters strange and familiar places, summoning memories of friends and culture heroes and showing the shifting, changing city from new and surprising angles. 

 

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Night photography with Simon Gregor

Dates: Tuesday 26 January, Saturday 30 January, Tuesday 2 February, Saturday 6 February, Tuesday 9 February, Saturday 13 February
Time: 16:00-19:30
Meeting point: London Transport Museum, Covent Garden. Please note the workshop takes place around London
Tickets: Adult £40; Concession £35

See London in a new way with London Transport Museum’s night photography tour. Brush up on your night photography skills so you can take high quality photographs wherever you go, and take away a collection of professional looking shots of the capital. Head off around London from our Covent Garden location with our experienced London photography guide Simon Gregor, taking in and shooting the sights of the capital as you go, before arriving at London Underground’s HQ at 55 Broadway for the rare opportunity to photograph the cityscape from the roof terrace.

Some photographic experience will be necessary in order to get the most out of this tour. You will require your own digital SLR camera and tripod; however en-route tuition will be available from our guide if required. Please note this tour is not weather dependent, and will not be cancelled in wet weather. Only in potentially hazardous conditions will the tour be postponed and will then be rescheduled. In this case, your original ticket will still be valid for the rescheduled to another date.

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Friday Late: Illuminate

Date: Friday 12 February 2016
Time: 18:45-22:00
Location: Covent Garden
Price: Adult £12; Concessions £10

Free entry to the Friday Late is included, along with a glass of Perrier-Jouet champagne, when you purchase tickets to Talk and Tasting: The Scent and Spirit of London on the same night.

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Escape the night and join us for a celebration of light in all its glory. Take part in shadow life drawing classes with London Drawing, enjoy talks exploring the importance of light in city life and get involved in an artist–led light printing workshop. Whatever you decide to do, this Friday Late is guaranteed to get you thinking. As ever, we’ve got bars (with neon cocktails on hand), our famous Friday Late pub quiz is back and our in-house DJ Museum of Vinyl will be spinning the records. A visit to our temporary exhibition Nightshift is also included in your ticket price. Go on, light up your February with a night out at the museum.

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Talk and Tasting: The Scent and Spirit of London

Date: Friday 12 February 2016
Times: Talk 1 - 19:00 to 20:00 | Talk 2 - 20:30 to 21:30
Location: Covent Garden
Price: Adult £20; Concessions £17 (Adults 18+ only permitted)

Tickets to this event include a glass of Perrier-Jouet champagne and free entry to the Friday Late Illuminate on the same night.

Book talk 1

Book talk 2

Indulge your senses and discover glamorous bygone eras through vintage perfume and drinks at an adult only talk and tasting event on Friday 12 February.

Join Odette Toilette, purveyor of olfactory adventures, and special guest Alice Lascelles, journalist, author and hard liquor expert, and be transported on a sensual journey though the last century of London by night. From the vibrant optimism of the Belle Epoque, through the Jazz Age, austerity London and up to the 1970s, guests will be exploring four past eras of our city through their de rigeur scents and drinks, as they listen to a lively dialogue provided by Odette Toilette and Alice Lascelles. From a decadent glass of Perrier-Jouet champagne, to a sip of the classic Corpse Reviver Cocktail, this will be an entirely new way of immersing yourself in the past.

All Scent and Spirit of London ticket holders will have a chance to buy signed copies of Lizzie Ostrom’s new book ‘Perfume: A Century of Scents’ and Alice Lascelles’s stylish ode to the cocktail cabinet ‘Ten Cocktails’ after their talks at £16.99 each.

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Singing and stories for the under 5s

Join us around the parachute for a fun-filled session of singing, movement and stories. Sing your favourite transport songs and learn some new ones. Get hands-on with a real object from the Museum’s collection and listen to a story about getting around by boat, horse bus, train, tube, bus or taxi. 

Please note sessions have a limited capacity. You can pick up a free ticket at the Museum ticket desk at 10.00 and 13.00.

Session times: 10:45, 12:00, 13:45, 15:00
Duration: 45 minutes
Spring dates: (Tuesdays) 

  • 12 January – boat
  • 19 January – horse bus
  • 26 January – steam underground
  • 2 February – electric underground
  • 9 February – bus
  • 23 February – taxi
  • 1 March – boat
  • 8 March – horse bus
  • 15 March – steam underground
  • 22 March – electric underground

Songs and stories written and produced by Artbur

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