A Royal Air Force Museum London Visit

A Royal Air Force Museum London Visit

Over Half-Term, we were lucky to be sponsored by the Royal Air Force Museum London to write their Half-Term itinerary events. But we took it up a step further and actually went to experience the real deal!

Upon arrival, we could see that there were a lot of maintenance work on site. We went by car and it took us only about 40 minutes to get there. Though upon arrival we were told that the car park was full. This meant that we had to find a car parking space on the next road parallel to the museum. Luckily the on road parking was free. Plus the rain has stopped that morning but the cold wind was still strong and it made the walking to the museum with little kids just a little inconvenience.
A Royal Air Force Museum London Visit

Never-the-less, we were determine not to let that ruin our day. We meet up with one of our London friends that we haven’t quite got a chance to catch up in donkey’s years! She also has a son that was born just two days before Ethan at the same hospital! When they were younger, people used to think they were twins! lol!

Anyhow, back to the museum – the entrance was free for all. We LOVE free! We enter a big area of airplanes showcase – to be honest I don’t have a clue what I’m looking at most of the time. I just like looking at them and so do the kids. It was nearly lunch time and the kids were rather excited and the place was packed as hence it was Half-Term. We turned to the left room instead of going on right at the first Y-junction, thinking that there might be a cafe there. Instead it turned out to be a massive interactive playroom. The kids loved it there. They love interacting and actually experiencing learning about aviation.

Like discovering the gravitational field force between layers of the sky. 
A Royal Air Force Museum London Visit

Evelyn pretend play in a real helicopter.

A Royal Air Force Museum London Visit

Ethan had a go at flying an aeroplane.

A Royal Air Force Museum London Visit

This interactive room also consist of large benches where you can bring your own packed-lunch and have them there while your kids runs around in the interactive room. A total mayhem and made total sense – if you had bought your own packed-lunch which I did not thought of. Lesson learned – next time.

After a while we decided it was time to diverge to the cafe – which was only minutes away on the right turn at the Y-junction. The cafe area was surrounded with rescue flyers, which I love. I think it must be their bright colours.

A Royal Air Force Museum London Visit

The cafe itself was extremely busy at Half-Term but the queue was managed well. Price wise, it was as you would expect in a normal nice London cafe. As you can gathered, seating was hard to find during half-term week, but luckily with a little waiting we did managed to find a table for all of us.

My friend also has her 11 months old with her and she thought that it would be more convenient if there was at least two one baby changing room. There queue for it was rather long.

After everyone’s appetite has been fulfilled, we were ready to explore again. We went through the next room and in an instance we were all in awe – glaring to the real life Stealth Bomber. It was huge and had practically filled the room! (Note – I had to asked my OH about the name of this plane while I was writing this post. lol!)

The room gave us a rather chilling atmosphere and displayed posters of the wars, with Hiroshima bomb images as such.

A Royal Air Force Museum London Visit

There was also a small section with different types of Military forces in operations from different countries – from GB, USA, Nazi, and Japanese – wearing their own uniforms and gearing up for war in their own territory. Can you guess which Military Air Force does the below photo belong to?

A Royal Air Force Museum London Visit

It was getting a bit late and a little break was well deserved. The boys went off to do their 4D Aviation experience, (£5 each for 5 minutes per person – a little pricy perhaps?), whilst I was chilling with my friend and her baby at the cafe. Yes, we were a little surprised that it didn’t last longer than that!

A Royal Air Force Museum London Visit

Evelyn wanted so much to go on the plane. She wanted to fly to Thailand! Emm… not quite but we did find one for her size.

A Royal Air Force Museum London Visit

Before we exit the RAF, there was a model plane that the kids can go up and take a little photo with. I must say it was a little chaotic trying to manage other visitors’ kids with the non-existence queuing system. You can see this photo here on our Instagram.

All-in-all, if we were to go back again – then it will not be during holiday times for sure, but the kids have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Ethan tells me later that the best part he liked about this visit was experiencing the 4D Aviation Experience with his best friend.

Here’s a little vlog to sum up our day…

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Useful Information

Via Public Transport

The easiest way to get there is by public transport via underground Northern line (Black). The closest station to the RAF Museum is Colindale, which is on the north bound.

The key locations where you can get direct transportation from are:

South Kensington Station – which only takes 43 minutes;

Charing Cross Station – 35 minutes; &

King Cross St. Pancras Station – 30 minutes.

Via Car – A car parking charge is payable. – Currently, it is being re-done.

Opening Hours – November to February: 10am – 6pm [last entry 5:30pm]
A car parking charge is payable.
Contacts: Telephone: 020 8205 2266
email: london@rafmuseum.org
Address: RAF Museum London, Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL

SAT NAV Users Please use postcode NW9 5QW.

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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. 17/03/2017 / 1:36 pm

    Wow this looks great fun. I think I need to take my dad and son out for the trip #dreamteam

    • 17/03/2017 / 11:46 pm

      The kids love it there. I would definitely take them there again. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. 19/03/2017 / 9:29 pm

    This looks like a brilliant place to visit. Especially impressed with the helicopter and plane that the littles can sit in. Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam x

    • 19/03/2017 / 9:47 pm

      Oh yes! Evelyn loves having ago at being pilot. Thank you for hosting. x

  3. Laura @ Dot Makes 4
    21/03/2017 / 10:23 am

    Great photos! This looks like a great place to visit and I love that you can bring your own packed lunch. I’ve added it to our family fun list!


    • 24/03/2017 / 8:52 am

      Thank you very much. It’s great isn’t it. Every little helps! x

  4. 25/03/2017 / 8:34 pm

    my son would absolutely love this. sounds like you had a fantastic day and I love a post that summarise useful info! #KCACOLS

    • 21/09/2017 / 12:07 pm

      Thank you Emma. Apology for the very late reply! Yes, I think your son would have fun there. 🙂 x

  5. 31/03/2017 / 10:49 am

    That looks so much fun! So excited for when my children are old enough to really enjoy a place like this 🙂
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • 21/09/2017 / 12:08 pm

      Apology for the very late reply! Yes, I think your kids would have fun there when they are a little older. Thank you for hosting. 😉 x

  6. 28/08/2018 / 10:11 pm

    I am glad you enjoyed the museum, I was stationed next door at what you called RAF Colindale, in fact it was RAF Hendon and I was there for 2 years from 1980 and I used to go to the museum every weekend or when I got time off.

    • 10/09/2018 / 11:33 am

      Oh Wow! This must bring great memories back to you. We haven’t been there for a while I think we need a revisit soon. Thank you very much for popping by.

      • 10/09/2018 / 2:30 pm

        When I was stationed there, the buildings were all WWII and earlier when I got there I was placed into a billet of 3 floors with rooms on each floor and empty beds in all the room, as I was the only person in this empty billet for around 100 men, I was in there for 1 week before being moved to a proper billet, but while I was there I would get woken up with noises, the sound to doors closing, voices, chairs being moved on the wooden floor. I was the only person in there so was I hearing ghosts of the men who had gone before. I do know that RAF Hendon was suppose to be the most haunted RAF base in the UK, even the museum has stories of their own ghosts. A housing estate which was built on the old runway the people have seen men wearing WWII flying gear walking through buildings where the runway was.

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