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Our events

April

Tuesday 8 April
London Transport Museum talk. From A to B and back again: The Story of the London Bus.  LTM Research Fellow Oliver Green gives an illustrated London bus journey through time. Find out how we got from 20 motor buses in 1905 to 8,700 serving the city today. How did the double decker become as iconic for London as the gondola is to Venice? Why are London buses red? Did a bus really jump Tower Bridge? Further details can be found at theLondon Transport Museum website.

Saturday 12 April
As part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of the RT-type bus, London Bus Museum will operate heritage buses on route 22 (where they first entered service in 1939) between Piccadilly and Homerton. Further details can be found at theLondon Bus Museum website.

Sunday 13 April
London Bus Museum (Brooklands) Spring Gathering focusing on the 75th anniversary of the RT-type bus. Further details can be found at theLondon Bus Museum website.

Tuesday 29 April
London Transport Museum talk. Travis Elborough, author of The Bus We Loved, celebrates the 60th anniversary of one of London's most enduring symbols, the Routemaster bus. Travis will look at the impact the Routemaster has had on contemporary culture, telling the story of its invention, rise and decline, the stories of the people who worked on it, and of the enthusiasts who are mad about it.  Further details can be found at theLondon Transport Museum website.

May

Saturday 10 May
Open day, Catford Bus Garage, Lewisham SE6 2XA. Stagecoach London will open the doors of their garage for one-off access to the public in the first of a series of bus garage open days that include historic vehicles and family activities.

Friday 16 May
London Transport Museum's ‘Goodbye Piccadilly: from Home Front to Western Front’ exhibition opens. The exhibition will reveal the untold story of London’s Home Front during the First World War; how drivers took their buses to the Front to support the war effort, how women advanced into the transport workforce for the first time and how Londoners came under deadly attack from the air as total war came to the Capital. Further information can be found at theLondon Transport Museum website.

June

Saturday 7 June
Open day, Alperton Bus Garage, Wembley HA0 4LL. Metroline will open the doors of their garage for one-off access to the public. One of a series of bus garage open days that include historic vehicles and family activities.

Saturday 21 June
Open day, Stockwell Bus Garage, Lambeth SW4 6ST. Go Ahead London open the doors of their garage for one-off access to the public. One of a series of bus garage open days that include historic vehicles and family activities.

Sunday 22 June
Bus Cavalcade in Regent Street. Around 30 buses, spanning the last century, from Horse Buses through to the very latest New Routemaster will be on display. Visitors will be able to explore the buses and take part in family activities.

Saturday 28 June
Open day, Fulwell Bus Garage, Richmond TW2 5NX. RATP London United open the doors of their garage for one-off access to the public. One of a series of bus garage open days that include historic vehicles and family activities.

Saturday 28 June
Pride London. A London bus and bus staff will take part in the annual parade.

July

Saturday 5 July
Open day, Potters Bar Bus Garage, Hertfordshire EN6 5BE. Metroline open the doors of their garage for one-off access to the public. One of a series of bus garage open days that include historic vehicles and family activities.

Monday 7 July
A New Routemaster bus will be part of the Tour de France Caravane, preceding the riders taking part in Stage 3, between Cambridge and London.

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July
Finsbury Park, Routemaster Association 60th anniversary event. Commemorating the unveiling of the first Routemaster, RM1, at the Commercial Motor Show in September 1954. Further information can be found at theRoutemaster website.

Wednesday 16 July
Cart Marking Ceremony, Guildhall Yard, City of London. The newly restored B-Type Bus, a New Routemaster and two original Routemasters will take part in the annual Cart Marking Ceremony. Cart Marking is a civic event with a longstanding history and tradition. The Marking of Carts re-enacts the obligation on ‘carters’, who had to be Liverymen of the Carmen Company, to pay five shillings for the right to ply for hire in the City. This is believed to be the earliest form of vehicle licensing.

Saturday 19 July
Open day, Walworth Bus Garage, Southwark SE5 0TF. Abellio London open the doors of their garage for one-off access to the public. One of a series of bus garage open days that include historic vehicles and family activities.

August

Sunday 24 August
A London bus and bus staff will take part in the 50th Notting Hill Carnival Family Day Parade.

September

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September
Open weekend at theLondon Transport Museum, Acton Depot. With a ‘Battle Bus’ theme and giving visitors a chance to see the newly restored B-type ‘Battle Bus’ prior to its tour of French and Belgian battlefields. Events also include talks, film screenings, make-and-take creative workshops and storytelling for families.

Monday 18 September
The newly converted B-Type ‘Battle Bus’ departs for a commemorative tour of France and Belgium. Over 1,000 B-type buses were requisitioned by the War Department in 1914 for use on the Western Front.

October

Tuesday 14 October
London Transport Museum talk. Kate Adie: Fighting on the Home Front. Bestselling author and award-winning former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie reveals the ways in which women's lives changed during World War One and what the impact has been for women in its centenary year. Further information can be found at theLondon Transport Museum website.

November

Saturday 8 November
Year of the Bus entry in the Lord Mayor’s Show, which has floated, rolled, trotted, marched and occasionally fought its way through 798 years of London history, surviving the Black Death and the Blitz to arrive in the 21st century as one of the world’s best-loved pageants. This year it will feature the 'Battle Bus' and a New Routemaster. Further information can be found atwww.lordmayorsshow.org.

Sunday 9 November
B-Type ‘Battle Bus’ taking part in Remembrance Sunday parade at Cenotaph.

Friday 28 November
London Transport Museum,Year of the Bus themed Friday Late, Paint the Town Red. An evening of fun-filled entertainment and activity showing the innovation behind the London bus network.