Home Shopping: London Transport Museum Shop

From train seat fabric to tube map artwork, Underground-inspired homeware from the London Transport Museum shop shows just how fun public transport can be.

London Zoo penguins poster mug, £9.99 (Dh59).
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The London Transport Museum in Covent Garden is a fascinating place. But somehow, I always end up in the shop, ogling the transport-inspired homewares. The good news is there's an online store, too, so you don't have to travel to the UK to get the London look.

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Check out the Harlem seating cubes, made from moquette, the hard-wearing patterned fabric used to upholster the seats on London Underground trains. Each underground line has a different, vibrant pattern - designed to conceal dirt, no doubt - and you can find most of them here. I like the Roundel pattern best, designed by Eddie Chapman in 1947. It's a funky geometric repeat that incorporates the London Underground logo.

If the seating cubes aren't for you, there are 19 other pieces of furniture to choose from - everything from beds to dining chairs, all available upholstered in the striking moquette designs.

Don't miss the fun transport-themed bookends by the designer Susan Bradley. Black cabs, red Routemaster buses and iconic London buildings all feature in the collection - cute for a children's room or a home office.

As a map addict, I'm drawn to the extensive collection of London Underground map accessories. Coasters, posters, tea towels, even socks and umbrellas - Harry Beck's classic tube map diagram is plastered across them all.

If you're looking for vintage-style wall art, this is the place to shop. The museum has an archive of more than 5,000 original London Transport posters, many of which feature charming adverts for the likes of Kew Gardens or the rugby at Twickenham. I've got my eye on the London Zoo one, with colourful penguins marching across it. I might even treat myself to the matching mug, too. Who knew that public transport could be this much fun?

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