Celebrating 60 Years of London’s Iconic Red Bus
It is difficult to imagine London without its red double-decker buses zooming through the streets. They have become one of the most well known symbols of the city, much like the yellow cabs of New York. Exactly a century ago, London completely switched from horse drawn buses to ones that were motorized. Forty years later, the Routemaster was introduced- painted red to stand out from other transportation competitors.
Did you know that two original Routemaster buses still run in London? You can catch Route 9 from Kensington High Street to Aldwych or Route 15 from Trafalgar Square to Tower Hill and relive the glory days. (Note: The heritage buses do not offer step-free access for strollers or wheelchairs.)
My First Trip to London
I still remember the first time I rode on one, it was the first day of my first trip abroad- I was 19. The weather was horrible; rain pounding down, cold winds, and more fog draped across the city than I have seen still to this day. Looking up at the Big Ben, I could barely make out the clock face. The Dutchman and I hadn’t seen each other for almost a year, the very beginning of our long-distance relationship. We boarded one of the buses, hand in hand, and watched the city go by out the window. I remember the moment where I became overwhelmed with happiness. There I was with this boy who loved me, sitting in a double-decker bus in London. It was the beginning of an incredible adventure, both for us as a couple and for my insatiable appetite to see the world.
Who could have predicted that someday I would find myself living in England? Yet, her I am. I no longer give the iconic buses much thought when I am going from A to Z, but I sure couldn’t imagine London without them.
Refresh Accommodation has put together an awesome infographic celebrating the Year of the London Bus. Check it out below!