The famous London Transport Museum has been named Visitor Attraction of the Year at the prestigious London Tourism Awards. The ceremony took place at Guildhall, where other categories included the Resilience and Innovation Award and the Experience of the Year.
The awards aim to recognise and celebrate businesses in London that consistently delight visitors from all over the world, especially in the face of recent challenges.
The London Transport Museum, in order to prepare for the return of visitors after lockdown, developed and upgraded the venue to improve Covid-related safety. Lots of new pieces and content was added, including the brand new London 2030 gallery, which imagines what the capital could look like in the future.
A gold bus, which was previously stored in a depot in Acton, was brought into the gallery, along with London’s first pride rainbow crossing, immortalising that point in history.
Last month, the museum introduced a new exhibition called Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce. This installation explores the lives of those who moved from the Caribbean to London and worked on the transport network to keep it running.
The director, Sam Mullins OBE, had this to say on the subject of winning the award:
“We reopened post-lockdown more determined than ever to bounce back as one of the Capital's top destinations for a great day out. Being named Visitor Attraction of the Year is a huge testament to the hard work of our team to make this a reality for our guests.
In the face of the lockdowns and changing restrictions, we upgraded our galleries and introduced new programming to create engaging and relevant experiences for visitors returning to our Museum in Covent Garden and Depot in Acton Town, all whilst ensuring they felt welcome, reassured and safe.”
Children go free at the London Transport Museum, while tickets for adults are £18.50. The museum is also an excellent event and party venue.
In other positive news, outdoor civil weddings and partnerships are here to stay.