The Arriva London’s Heritage Fleet helps serve up the longest lunch
It’s at this time of the year that The London Restaurant Festival celebrates the culinary delights of the city, with all manner of special events showcasing the great eateries across the capital. The festival, which runs from 1st – 31st October, is in full swing now.
To help with producing a very special dining out treat, the festival organises a wonderful adventure called The Gourmet Odyssey. This is London's most original gastronomic road trip, where the adventure gives diners their first course in one top London restaurant, their main in another and the dessert in a third - with Veuve Clicquot Champagne paired with each course, and travelling between restaurants achieved on our iconic Heritage Fleet historic Routemaster buses. The trip has also been called ‘the greatest longest lunch’.
This year, there have been three different trips, on three separate Heritage Fleet vehicles, over the three weekends of the festival, with The Manor, Noble Rot and Brunswick House Café as just some of this year's highlights.
The buses are also part of the highlight, as they represent a moving history of London with RML 901 (new to London Transport in December 1961, one of the first batch of 30-foot Routemasters coded RML - with the L standing for Long or Lengthened), RM 1124 (introduced in 1962 to replace Trolleybuses, restored in late 2009 / early 2010), and RM 2217 (London's last production standard Routemaster which operated London’s last Routemaster journey on route 159).
We have had the pleasure of supplying our Heritage Fleet buses to the London Restaurant Festival for the past few years, and would like to take this opportunity to thank them for this privilege and to wish them every success both now and in the future.
Published : Thu 5th Oct. 2017 - Thu 16th Nov. 2017
This year’s Lord Mayor’s Show, on 11th November, was an amazing cause for celebration, not only to welcome in the new Lord Mayor, but also to celebrate another year of Platinum giving by our wonderfully generous Payroll Givers.
Route 175 operates with 16 double-deck vehicles from our Barking garage, with a twelve-minute frequency during the day. Route 103 operates from our Grays garage with 14 buses, with an eight-minute daytime frequency.
Preparations are complete for our display entry in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday. The Arriva London theme again this year is to celebrate the enormous contribution our staff make to charities through the Payroll Giving scheme. With over 1,000 staff supporting over 160 charities every week, and over £1,000,000 having been given in the last five years.
The buses, which were recently on display on the South Bank opposite the Houses of Parliament, will be seen throughout London and the City until November 12th, as a mark of respect for the sacrifices made by London’s service men and women, past and present.
Arriva London are proud, once again, to be the providers of the mode of transport to deliver London’s most original gastronomic road trip - the London restaurant festival’s Champagne Gourmet Odyssey.
Last week, Arriva London were invited to take part in the Older People’s Celebration Week across Barking and Dagenham.