The reason the post is called the RAF museum London is because there are two sites, one in London on the old Hendon Aerodrome and one in Cosford. Both sites house an extensive collection of Aircraft, equipment, vehicles, awards and exhibits. The London site was chosen due to its proximity to me and I was rather glad of this. Some more information on the museum, as taken from their website here, states:
The reason for this post is given the book I have just completed and that this is the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain I felt it was time people knew there was an alternative to Duxford for aviation history in the UK and also to give the readers from overseas some information on another place to visit should they ever get over.
The most interesting aspect I found about the museum compared to other similar places I have visited was it was free! Most places charge a large entrance fee to enter but not so the RAF museum, parking is Pay and Display and at £3.50 I didn't think too bad as you could leave the car and then catch a bus or train to Central London should you not find enough to do at the museum.
The fact the museum is free really doesn't detract from the quality of the exhibits and the level of maintenance. Many of the exhibits or halls feature projectors, touch screens and other interactive media. each of the five main sections or areas of the museum are clean and for the most part well lit, though in the Bomber hall and Historic hanger the lighting is very subdued and flash or a museum setting will be needed on your camera.
The museum is well laid out with five distinct areas all dealing with a different aspect of the history of flight and the RAF, however the most spectacular and impressive exhibit is yet to come, the museum is planning a building/exhibit called the Battle of Britain Beacon, rather than even attempt to explain what this is here is a link to the pages detailing it:
RAF Museum Battle of Britain Beacon
if like me your as impressed by it as I was there is a link on the page to donate to the building of this iconic monument to the brave pilots.
The site as a whole is well spaced out and has a number of large buildings all well stocked with Aircraft and exhibits, the map below shows the layout of the site and the ample parking as well as a very nice open picnic area, something of a rarity in London. the site doesn't show that behind the museum is the main rail line and to the side of the site new apartments are being built but these are being built to function with the look of museum and improve it rather then as a building just dropped next to the site.
So that's enough of me waffling on about it time for some pictures of the day and of some of my favourite aircraft: