Bustronome might just be the most delicious way to see the city.
Of all the bus routes in all the boroughs, this is definitely our new favourite. Bustronome (pronounced like gastronomy, rather than metronome, we assume) whizzes you around London, taking in the most famous spots in town, but what sets it apart from your standard bus tour is the addition of a gourmet meal, served under a panoramic glass route. Certainly beats a soggy Tesco sarnie on the 88 to Camden, doesn’t it?
Bustronome arrived on these shores over the summer, having taken Paris by storm. The concept is simple, but effective: you hop aboard the bus for lunch or dinner, and whilst the bus ferries you around the city, you’ll dine on a gourmet meal with a French twist. This means scoffing scallops as you speed past the Shard, which probably means it isn’t the best for those who get carsick. I also have questions like “where is the kitchen?”, but those are just minor details really.
You have two dining options: lunch or dinner. Both the number of the courses and the bus routes vary for each sitting, so choose carefully. Lunch is a four-course affair, served as you take in the sights of the City and the South Bank – the Tower of London, The Shard, the London Eye, and Tower Bridge feature prominently on this route. Meanwhile, the dinner route takes you past Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, the Royal Albert Hall, and the Natural History Museum, whilst you dine on six courses of French-inspired cooking. Bustronome are also hoping to add an afternoon tea experience in the coming months.
Should you choose to join the Bustronome experience, you’re definitely going to want a spot on the top floor, underneath that wonderful glass roof. I don’t fancy your chances of great views if you’re at ground level, to be perfectly honest. They won’t serve alcohol on board either, which means you need to order all of your drinks in advance to get merry on the bus. Still, it’s an experience quite unlike any other, so I’m into it. Now let’s just hope they get in on the Hopper scheme so we can do back to back sittings…
Location: departs from coach bay 40B, Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6PB. Nearest station is Embankment. Find a map on their site.
Opening hours: vary depending on which sitting you choose – see them all here.
Price: lunch is £65 per person (£85 with wine pairing), dinner is £105 (£135 with wine).
More information: on their website.
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