I know I am always going on about how lucky we are in London to have access to so many wonderful museums. But it’s true. I have lived here for 14 years and I don’t think I have been to half of the museums. Though to be fair, before we had children we spent most of our time at pubs/bars and fancy restaurants. But these days we are museum-regulars. We have our favourite places, but we also enjoy going to ‘new’ museums. A couple of weeks ago we visited the London Museum of Water & Steam for the first time.
First of all, Husband and Dubz love a steam train. So they were both excited to have a ride on the Waterworks Railway (which run every weekend). But first, we explored the inside of the museum. We learned the history of London’s water supply (which I promise is more interesting than it sounds). Moozles enjoyed the dioramas showing how houses changed over the years, and was shocked to find out how recent it has been for people to have showers and toilets inside their house. Both kids enjoyed some dressing up as a Victorian parlour maid and an engine driver, though looked miserable for the photos. Though they couldn’t hold back the smiles when Husband did his old-timey phone voice (which you will see on the vlog).
One unique feature of the London Museum of Water & Steam is that there are steam pumping engines. They run them at various times, and it is quite interesting to watch in action. Moozles’ favourite part of the museum was the splash zone in the courtyard. She and Dubz loved playing with the gears, pumps and levers. Moozles did not want to stop though, and kept playing while Dubz and I rode the steam train (a few times). If you watch the vlog below, you will see us riding along and Dubz candidly exclaimed how much fun he was having. He wanted to cuddle while we rode along, and it was just one of those lovely moments I will remember for a long time.
If you’re not familiar with the London Museum of Water & Steam, it is located in Brentford, London. It opens daily from 11am to 4pm. The parking lot can only accommodate 20 cars, so you might not be able to find a space if you arrive at around midday on the weekend. But as the museum is quite small, spaces will eventually become available. There is a lovely cafe in the front of the museum, which you can use whether or not you go into the museum. A family ticket for four costs £27.45, and children four and under can go for free. There are loads of special events, like the Cornish engines, pop-up opera and visits from Peppa Pig.