Routemaster bus tours in London

National Trust Routemaster bus on Brutalist tour

Our carefully selected tours on a restored Routemaster bus cover diverse interests and expertise, meaning you’ll be sure to encounter London in a new and unexpected way.

Here’s what’s in store for you…

Back in 2013, we worked with the Arriva Heritage Fleet to restore RMC 1453, the first ever Routemaster coach, back to its original green livery.

Partnering with some of London’s most interesting people, places and arts institutions, our tours focus on history, architecture, and culture—offering original insight into what makes our capital city so distinctive.

Our carefully selected guides boast diverse interests and expertise, meaning you’ll be sure to encounter London in a new and unexpected way.

Roadtrips by Routemaster are part of a series of events organised by the National Trust that explore London’s places, their heritage, architecture, and future development.

If you have any further enquiries about these tours, please email London@nationaltrust.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

National Trust Routemaster bus
National Trust Routemaster bus

What happens on a tour?

Typically, our tours:

  • Are three to six hours in length
  • Are led by at least one expert guide
  • Include a refreshment break
  • Include the use of individual audio equipment, so you hear your guide perfectly
  • Offer entry to sites of interest not normally accessible to the public
  • Include an information pack about the subject of the tour.


Please note – each tour is unique and won’t always follow the format described above. Please make sure you check individual listings when they become available for information relating to each tour.

Past tours have included:

  • Shelter: 150 years of housing and crisis with architectural historian James Hulme 
  • The Living Tradition and the Post-Modern
  • The Living Tradition: Contemporary Classicism in London with George Saumarez-Smith
  • The Genie Is Out: Post-Modernism in London with architectural historian and London bus driver Joe Kerr
  • A History of London in 10 stops with author Leo Hollis (with The School of Life)
  • The Coffeehouse Tour of London (with The Idler Academy)
  • South London Culture with critic and commentator Stephen Bayley
  • North London Culture with journalist Tanya Gold
  • West London Culture with cultural commentator Peter York
  • East London Culture with historian and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank
  • The Ernö Goldfinger Tour with architectural historian and London bus driver Joe Kerr
  • Visions of Utopia with film-maker Tom Cordell
  • 60s Style & Society with historian and broadcaster Richard Weight
  • Changing Britain Tours in partnership with Southbank Centre with Joe Kerr
  • ‘Brutal Utopias' Tours in partnership with Southbank Centre with Tom Cordell and Joe Kerr
  • Palladian London in partnership with RIBA