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London bus route 38 (Victoria and Hackney) - Heritage Buses

Central London, Islington and Hackney, Greater London, Greater London, N1

Ride free on old buses in service on London bus route 38, between Victoria and Hackney. Saturday 16th September, between 1000 and 1700, serving all route 38 bus stops. Buses date from the 1950s and 1960s and are run by London Bus Museum and friends.

Buses are the lifeblood of London; about half of all bus journeys in the UK are made in London. The affection that Londoners feel for their buses is apparent whenever they have a chance to ride on a Routemaster or something older. Bus route 38 has been running since 1912 – that’s 111 years – serving Victoria, Hyde Park Corner, the Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, theatreland, Chinatown, the British Museum, Grays Inn, Sadler’s Wells, Angel Islington, Essex Road, Balls Pond Road, Dalston Junction, Hackney Central and Clapton Pond.

On 16 September, open-platform buses with real conductors will run alongside the usual TfL buses along the full route, serving every stop. No need to book, just turn up at a bus stop and put out your hand. Buses will run about every 10 minutes between Victoria and Hackney Station; some buses will continue from Hackney to Clapton Pond. Full details of times will be posted on our website.

Buses being used will mostly be the iconic Routemaster, dating from the late 1950s and 1960s, and their predecessor the RT-type, which in the 1950s formed the largest standardised bus fleet in the world.

If you enjoy your experience, come and visit us at Brooklands!

This event took place in September 2023 and the entry is now archived.

Organised by

London Bus Museum, Brooklands, Surrey

Date last modified: 30th June 2023 at 15:23