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On the buses: alternative uses for old London routemasters

Posted at 3:30 pm, June 22, 2012 in Fun London, Transport

There’s no doubt that people will be cursing London buses today but we’re still feeling pretty positive about our big red friends. Some bright sparks have been converting the humble London bus into quite spectacular things of late. We’ve had a look at some of the interesting ways in which they’ve been used to provide a fun and useful service in our fair city – especially that doesn’t necessarily involve transporting anyone…

M&M’S WORLD™ London bus

M&M’S WORLD™ London, Leicester Square
Mars have converted an original 1963 Routemaster bus into a key feature at their West End megastore. Jump aboard for a sugar rush that’ll make you feel giddy, but not travel sick.

Big Red Pizza Bus © Alys Tomlinson / Time Out

The Big Red
I can’t think of a better use of a London bus than turning it into a restaurant and that’s just what The Big Red has done. Based in Debtford, the renovated double-decker bus serves a great selection of pizzas, salads, desserts and starters. You’re certainly not going to get bored onboard this novelty dining experience.

Camden Bus Estate Agents

Camden Bus Estate Agents
It’s no surprise that things are done a little differently in Camden. Property expert, Charles Christie-Webb, founded the Camden Bus twenty-five years ago and it’s still going strong. Prospective buyers and sellers are invited to take a seat on deck and contemplate their lives with experts in a familiar, friendly setting.

The Ghost Tour Bus

The Ghost Bus Tours
With a city as old as London, there has to be some dark secrets hiding in the forgotten corners. Luckily, The Ghost Bus Tours are at hand to show us all the skeleton’s hiding in the capital’s cupboard. The classic Routemaster bus has had a goth makeover and some technical trickery added, along with the some on-board actors, ensuring passengers will get a fright like no other.

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