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"Great day out for family…"
Our boys wanted to go up London and we wanted to combine it with a visit to learn more about the Romans (ds1's topic at School) initially we thought to go to the British Museum but after a google thought this one might be more manageable with 3 boys (7,6 and 4) as the museum takes you through London's history from celts to modern day with a section on 'Londinium'
It was a great day out, we left after 3 hrs to meet friends but could have stayed longer
We had a picnic lunch in schools area (back outside the museum and to the right - open for public weekends and in holidays, there are toilets in there too)
Lockers are £1 non refundable but good to ditch bags and coats
There are trails for £1 donation (although if you are organised I think you can print these off at home from their website) disappointingly there isn't a Romans trail but they all enjoyed the displays and ds1 did a trail about the great fire of London which he enjoyed (it was his yr 2 topic last yr) whilst I took littler 2 to do one in other gallery - they got bored of their trail (could just be their age) and just wanted to look around as the down stairs is very interactive and look at anything that caught their eye.
We didn't try the cafe so no idea of cost but wish we'd met friends there as it was nice and quiet (probably means it was expensive!)
Would go for a return visit as I'm very aware that my knowledge of UK history is poor - I learnt loads and thought the snap shots of periods in history rather than an overload of one age worked really well for the boys, ds3's highlight (4 years) was seeing The Lord Mayors gold carriage which is downstairs.Read moreLess
"Great introduction to the history of a fascinating city…"
The new Galleries of Modern London opened in 2010 and are a great introduction to the city's history, post-Fire of London. These galleries are imaginative and interactive with objects set into the floor and walls. A favourite with the children are the touch-screens with quizzes and games that foreground ordinary experience through the centuries. A favourite with the adults is Charles Booth's poverty map, which is pasted over the walls and floor in an alcove.
The museum (which is free) also covers London through the Roman, Saxon and Medieval periods, but these galleries are more old fashioned so save these for last.
There's a light and airy Benugo cafe inside the museum and you can go straight over to the Barbican Centre via the Highwalks (no traffic!) afterwards to get some fresh air by the fountains. The highwalks are great for scooters.Read moreLess