"London?s famous icon, it will pass by" Transport for London Tip by Trekki

Transport for London, London: 56 reviews and 77 photos

  Red Bus and London Eye (Albert Embankment)
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  • Red Bus and London Eye (Albert Embankment) - London
      Red Bus and London Eye (Albert Embankment)
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  • Red Bus and London Eye (Albert Embankment) - London
      Red Bus and London Eye (Albert Embankment)
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  • Red Bus and Tower Bridge - London
      Red Bus and Tower Bridge
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  • Red Bus and Gherkin - London
      Red Bus and Gherkin
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  • Red Bus and red door, Bedford Square - London
      Red Bus and red door, Bedford Square
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Undoubtly THE most famous icon of London is the red bus. The most famous of all, the Routemaster has sadly been removed from the daily transport, however upon heavy protest by locals and tourists, Transport for London has decided to keep two heritage routes alive so that this one will never vanish from London?s cityscape. But the other double-decker buses are also red and to be honest, for photos it does not really matter if the bus is a routemaster or not, does it? I had a lot of fun in searching for spots everywhere in London where a red bus just would fit perfectly into the picture. Albert Embankment is such a great place for example, just down the stairs of Westminster Bridge, as there is London Eye in the background and together with these wonderful old lamp posts it makes a magnificent photo (photos 1 and 2). You don?t have to wait for long, one of them will pass by for sure. The other spot I loved was near Tower Bridge, at the water, as these red huge rivets (?) in the bridge?s suspended sections are perfectly harmonising with the bus which will soon pass. This and the blue and white colours of the suspending bridge now harmonise perfectly with sky and clouds. I think of all photos I took in London, these are my favourites. Another good idea is to look for red doors in a nice environment, like Bedford Square in photo 5 and wait until the bus passes. Here, however, it is almost impossible to wait for a non-moving bus, so photos resp. the bus might turn out blurry. Or look for a perfect spot in Fleet Street and have a red bus in the background of the lovely lamp post bases (see previous tip).
Another good idea for Photoshop experts is to look for a most special motif, take a photo, transform it into black & white and recolour only the bus in red. (I have yet to find out how this works with my software).

Address: (all over in London)
Directions: Nearest Bus, North Greenwich Bus Station. Near Cutter Lane. 4th Floor.
Phone: +44 343 222 1234
Website: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 16, 2008
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  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2015 at 6:19 AM

    Yet another thing I'd like to do when in London for the next time. You should write a "quirky ways to spend some time in the capital" travel guide!

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Jul 26, 2015 at 8:10 AM

      Thank you! You are sweet :-)) Well, but that's what I do here :-) But I know what you mean :-)) Maybe one day :-)


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