Today we went to the London Transport Museum. This is a brilliant place for young kids as it is (1) completely safe, (2) big and (3) has a bunch of trains and buses for them to clamber all over. We did lose my son at one point but I was only mildly concerned – I was sure he’d turn up sooner or later. It’s that sort of place, you see.
The only thing about the London Transport Museum (and really ALL the museums in London) is that, because it is a weekday morning in term time, you THINK that it will be deserted, with no queues or crowds. Ha! Fool, you have forgotten about school trips. So the entire place is filled with very slightly older children in school uniform. Turning up at opening time doesn’t help either, because the school groups get to get in early. The Natural History Museum is the worst for this, if you ever go to the dinosaur exhibit, expect to queue. And queue. And queue. However, this was a very nice bunch of kids and one girl even called me “Miss” and asked for my help down the stairs of an old tramcar.
It is also right in the centre of Covent Garden so there is quite a lot to do outside. We met a bunch of people in green coats riding bicycles – I assumed that they were part of some cycling club but it turned out that they supported the Irish rugby team. I asked them, because I am like that.
After the museum, we went for lunch. Now, usually we go to Wagamamas but the last time we were there, they took their sweet time bringing the bill. So today we went to Belgo. Belgo is brilliant, mainly because they are fast, kind to children and their food is pretty nice. I wouldn’t class any of it as junk. They had the sense to bring out the kids’ food first. It makes me laugh when restaurants bring out the adults’ food well before the kids’ and then look a bit taken aback that no one seems to be having a very nice time.
My son had cheesy croquettes and my daughter had mussels. To start, they both had crudités.
The restaurant is also really interesting for kids, you have to go downstairs into this nightclub-y space and you can see into the kitchen when you first go in.
Speaking of mussels, did you know that you can get silver mussel eaters, in the shape of mussel shells? I can’t see the point myself, I would just use the cleanest shell to pick up mussels but if that is your sort of thing, they sell them here.