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.

Route 2: Golders Green to Crystal Palace

Saturday 17 June 2017, 1-5pm

As part of the London Festival of Architecture, we’re taking our Routemaster coach on a trip down memory lane, recreating one of London’s most historic bus routes and  exploring what effect these venerable old routes have had on the built environment of our city.

£25 / £20 (student concession with a valid ID)

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Early Electric

Saturday 5 August 2017, 11am - 5pm

Explore the development of West London suburbs in the first half of the twentieth century, in the factory, railway and motor ages. 

£45 / £38 (student concession with a valid ID)

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Modernist East

Saturday 2 September 2017, 11am - 6.30pm

This tour is an insight into how modern architecture has affected the way people live today. The focus here is twentieth century architecture in Essex: from planned garden villages to factory employee estates.

£55 / £48 (student concession with a valid ID)

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Accessibility 

If you have any access needs please contact emma.king2@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 0207 824 7126.

 

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 emma.king2@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

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:

Route 19: Finsbury Park to Tooting with James Hulme and Joe Kerr

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