London's 10 Best Bus Routes: 15

London's 10 Best Bus Routes: 15

Best for Tourists

This wander brings me to the half way point of Londonist's list of London's 10 Best Bus Routes and today was the turn of the 15 dubbed 'best for tourists'.

The 15 was introduced in November 1908 and originally ran between Shepherd's Bush and East Ham. After various route extensions and amendments the 15 now runs between Trafalgar Square and Blackwall. In November 2005 it was decided that a short version route alongside the normal route and would use old Routemaster buses - this 'Heritage' route runs between Trafalgar Square and Tower Hill. In February 2015 the new Routemaster bus was introduced on the main route.

So best for tourists? Well yes... and no.

You do get the chance to ride on an old and new Routemaster which is great. You also get to start (or end) in Trafalgar Square and see Nelson's Column guarded by the four lions, the fountains, the statues and the National Gallery. Next, along Strand, look out for the theatres and the Royal Courts of Justice. You'll then pass by what would have been Temple Bar, look out for the Horace Jones designed memorial, and then onto Fleet Street, the one time home of the British national press, with St. Paul's Cathedral in the distance.

From St. Paul's you can get a quick glimpse of The Monument (the view is better by foot) before heading to the Tower of London with Tower Bridge behind. It is basically here, where the Heritage route finishes, that the tourist sights end. A quick dart around to Aldgate and you end up on the very long and uneventful Commercial Road, though do have a look out for the Limehouse Basin, before heading down East India Dock Road to finish at the huge roundabout that is Blackwall.

Distance: around 6 miles.

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