Museum of London Docklands

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    Museum of London Docklands Hertsmere Rd
    West India Quay
    London
    E14 4AL

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Victorian Santa's Grotto

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Father Christmas has settled into a secret grotto on an atmospheric Victorian street, and has luckily stowed plenty of presents in there with him. Young visitors can tell him all their special Christmas wishes and can have their photo taken with the magical...

Victorian Santa's Grotto
  1. Sat Dec 6 – Tue Dec 23
  2. Museum of London Docklands
  3. £7 (includes gift)
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Michael

The Isle of Dogs may be one of the less visited areas of London, but it has a fascinating history which is makes a trip to this museum very worthwhile. Located in one of the few remaining dockside warehouses in the area, the museum tells the story of how the area became fundamental to the growth of London as an international trading hub in the 18th and 19th century, faced incredible hardship as a target for bombing raids during the Second World War and declined with the growth of containerisation in the 1970's, before its rebirth in the 1980's as the financial district that it is today. The story is told through original artifacts and photographs and a reproduction of a street in mid-19th century Wapping, which children will find particularly interesting. The permanent exhibition detailing the importance of slavery to international trade and the path to its eventual abolition is very though provoking. The museum is just the right size to allow visitors with young children to get round it all before exhibition induced temper tantrums kick-off. Westferry and West India Quay DLR are very close by and the surrounding area has many restaurants, shops and a cinema, so a few hours spent looking round the exhibits can be part of a day out in Docklands. Well worth a look.