I loved Top Trumps as a kid. I remember playing them all the time and having many different packs, so I was excited to hear that Top Trumps have brought out a Special Edition “London Pack”.
To launch the pack, Top Trumps kindly invited us on a marvellous, magical, mystery bus tour of London to see the iconic sights and attractions.
We started off our adventure with a quick tour of the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.
We were greeted by ‘Morris’ the (night)Mayor and each given a lanyard with our name on as well as an activity map to complete throughout the journey.
At the London Transport Museum we were split in to two groups and had a quick 30 minute tour.
There are several different area’s to see in the London Transport Museum.
- Design for Travel Gallery shows how the synonymous London Transport design developed its visionary style which now defines the identity of London.
- The enormous scale model of London, at the centre of the Museum, reveals the complexity of London’s transport infrastructure. You can see the geographical diagram of the Underground system and see how it relates to travel patterns and routes above ground on the streets of London.
- Learn how the growth of London led to the development of the world’s first Underground railway, which was originally served by steam engines and see a model of how they built the underground.
- The World Cities Gallery features six world cities – Delhi, London, New York, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo – and reveals how world cities are sustaining growth and vitality through transport solutions.
- The Metro-Land and Suburbia gallery explore how the creation of the Underground provided huge stimulus to the development of London and how it changed the city as well as the lifestyle of those living in suburbia.
- Discover how London bus drivers took troops to the Western Front during World War I.
- Examine and explore the lives of women who were employed on a large scale to jobs previously occupied by men, including working as bus conductors and mechanics on London buses and as porters and guards on the Underground during World War I. (The Goodbye Piccadily – from Home Front to Western Front exhibition is running until 9th March 2015)
- Play the cryptic Underground game, Look for Longer, to see if you can find the 75 Underground and DLR stations hidden within the interactive game. You can also play online at www.lookforlonger.com and use #lookforlonger on Twitter to get help from other players to answer all the clues to join the elite #75club.
- The new gallery, ‘Future journey, future city’ explores what the future of transport may look like.
- Children under 6 can explore the All Aboard Zone which features miniature transport icons (a bus, tube, train and London taxi and river boat) for children to play on and take imaginary journeys through some of London’s most famous sights. For children over 6, ‘Interchange‘ is where they get the chance to driver their own bus and dress up as passengers on board. The museum is aimed at children, and they can collect stamps on special cards as they make their way round.
- Discover how engineering innovation and new technology are being used to tackle congestion, increase capacity and make journey’s faster in the Faster, Smarter, Easier exhibit.
- The new Hail the Taxi display showcases the iconic Fairway FX4 taxi which is retiring from its licensed service on the London streets to make way for cabs with lower emissions.
You definitely need longer to get the opportunity to really see everything and take it all in, but was great to experience it. I didn’t even know that the museum was there, and although it’s a transport museum, and to some may seem rather boring, it’s really interesting to see how transportation in London has changed through the decades, and how the different types of transport came about.
It’s definitely somewhere that I would like to return to with the children, take a picnic to have in the picnic area and just make our way around at our own leisure taking everything in.
After our tour of the museum was over, we all headed back outside where we collected our fetching blue Top Trumps T-shirts…
before taking a short walk to hop aboard the Double Decker bus to take us on our tour!
Once aboard the bus, we were each given a little picnic bag with water, cup, plate etc and the lovely Pearl came round with a very British lunch of cucumber sandwiches, Blue Ribband biscuits, crisps, Digestives and of course ….
Our tour took us to 15 different locations throughout London. We even had our very own tour guide ‘Tina Turrina’, who I must say was such a hoot! She really made the tour fun!
We drove past iconic places such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, and Nelson’s Column.
Our final stop was at The Shard.
We were very privileged to be able to experience The View from The Shard.
It was an amazing experience, although at 800ft it may not be for those who don’t have a head for heights.
You travel up to Level 68 in two high-speed lifts that take just 30 seconds. The ride is so smooth that you hardly feel like you are moving and you must make sure that you check out the cool ceiling with it’s changing pictures!
At level 68 you walk up a few steps to level 69, where the view is, and boy what a view it is!
You have an amazing 360 degree view of the London skyline and can see for over 40 miles. There are even high-tech digital telescopes to look through for a closer look.
Be sure to check out the amazing ‘View from the Loo’ too….but don’t worry, if you can close the blind if you feel a little uncomfortable.
Thanks to Top Trumps for treating us to such a super day out! We had a blast!
Why not check out the new Top Trumps Special Edition ‘London Pack’ available for just £4.99 – www.toptrumps.com.