Routemaster bus tours in London
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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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)
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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