Ride an old-style double-decker bus

Address:
Trafalgar Square, London 51.508142 -0.128141
Dates & Time:
Every day
Buses run every 10 minutes (approx, depending on the time of day)
Note: The heritage buses operate between 9.30 AM and 7 PM. Modern buses also operate on the same route, with extended hours/routes -- so make sure you board the right one. The heritage buses have an open platform and staircase at the back
Tickets & Cost:
This is a normal London bus, so you just have to pay the relevant bus fare
Parking:
If you’re driving to London here are some car parks near Trafalgar Square
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Buses:
The following bus routes go near Trafalgar Square: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 87, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453
London bus fares 2016
Trains:
The best London underground train stations to visit Trafalgar Square are Charing Cross Covent Garden Embankment Leicester Square Piccadilly Circus
Note: The actual closest train station to Trafalgar Square is Charing Cross
London train fares 2016
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The traditional old-style red double-decker bus (with a conductor and an open platform at the back) was a much-loved part of London's furniture, so when they were phased out in 2005 lots of people were aghast. Luckily, the Mayor decided to keep a few of the old 1960s buses running on two "heritage routes".

So how about forgoing the tube for a day, and taking a trip on part of London's history?

The first route is No.9, and runs between Trafalgar Square and Kensington High Street:
Trafalgar Square --> Piccadilly Circus --> Piccadilly --> Hyde Park Corner --> Knightsbridge --> Royal Albert Hall --> Kensington High Street

The second route is No.15, and operates between Trafalgar Square and the Tower of London:
Trafalgar Square --> Strand --> Fleet Street --> Blackfriars --> Mansion House --> Cannon Street --> The Monument --> Tower of London

Craig has written a little review of the No.15, if you'd like to get an idea of what it's like. But he recommends catching the No.11 instead, which is a lot more interesting (it's not a heritage bus, though). He's also put together a marathon bus journey around London which strings together lots of different buses, so you can see plenty of sights.

Note: The heritage routes operate between 9.30 AM and 7 PM. Modern buses also operate on the same route, with extended hours/routes -- so make sure you board the right one. The heritage buses have an open platform and staircase at the back. Unfortunately because of their old design, they are not wheelchair accessible.

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