London red bus hire
The London bus — the postcard imagery of London
At the beginning of the 20th century, there were a number of independent bus operators competing for passengers. To signal their route through the city, they painted their buses different colours.
In 1907, London General Omnibus Company painted all its vehicles vibrant red to stand out from its competitors. In 1933, when London Transport was formed, the dominant colour was red. And so it remains today.
We don’t take them.
Each bus has been faithfully and lovingly restored. We sourced the original Routemaster moquette fabric (Douglas Scott tartan) for the upholstery and the leather trim for true authenticity. The paint colour schemes for the bus livery and structural features are correct. We run a very rigorous maintenance schedule for each bus.
Routemaster Hire’s bus family
We own and love each of our vehicles:
- RML2548 — our first, and regarded as the best restored in the UK
- RML2374 — good enough for its most famous passenger, the Duchess of Cambridge (formerly Kate Middleton)
- RML2390 — served the route 390 to Oxford Circus
- RML2498 — our non-passenger bus – we call him Buspitality – see our Static bus hire pages
At your service
We’ll look after the route planning, itinerary and on-board expectations. We arrange:
- a champagne service
- photo opportunities
- magical moments
- scenic routes
- alternative return routes
- souvenir personalised bus tickets
Your guests are our passengers. We’ll take care of them for you – and make sure they enjoy a ride of a lifetime.