A Photo a Week Challenge: Quintessential

The Red Double-Decker Bus is very much a symbol of London – often depicted on postcards and other art forms for sale to tourists.

A flock of ‘New Routemaster’ buses on Parliament Square and Whitehall. Forming the new LT class they entered service in 2012. They are nicknamed ‘Borismasters’ after Boris Johnson who was the London Mayor who oversaw their introduction…

Here’s a ‘Real’ Routemaster – RM543 at the Richmond end of the 27 route taken back in 1980. Routemasters entered revenue service in 1956 and can still be seen in central London today on tourist services…

Predecessor to the Routemaster was the RT (AEC Regent III) which entered service in 1939. They were still in service in the mid-1970’s and some lingered on for training duties like RT4442 seen at Kingston in 1979…

Here’s a ‘Tourist Postcard’ style photo of VLA153 crossing Westminster Bridge in 2011 with the Palace of Westminster Clock Tower as a backdrop…

Catch up with Nancy’s A Photo a Week challenge Here.


  1. Love the Real Roadmasters, although the new ones arenยดt too bad either. I think they used to older one for one of the Harry Potter movies too – loved the additional features like making it squeeze through two oncoming buses. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. LoL – The tri-deck RT ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d like to see them try and get Met-Police Commissioner and DfT approval for that one – it took something like 25 years of pleading by London Transport to get the max width increased from 7’6″ to 8’0″ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. So London! Love the shot with the bus and the Big Ben Tower. I think almost every tourist tries to get that shot. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for joining the challenge!

  3. You’re so right that around the world just a photo of a red double-decker bus and one knows it’s England. Do they appear in other countries with perhaps another color? I don’t know of any!

    1. Well, it’s almost certainly London Debra ๐Ÿ˜‰ Other cities in England had their own corporation colours. I must dig out some photos of non-London double-deckers from the past – now there’s an idea for a post! ๐Ÿ™‚

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