All aboard! Join me on one of the new Routemasters

As we headed to the London Design Centre we hit one of those transport hiccups that you do on Sundays; for an unknown reason none of the tubes from Westminster were going to Wimbledon even though that was supposed to be their destination.  So we changed our plans got on the first tube and then got off at Sloane Square.  Slightly random but I remembered that previously I'd seen shuttles advertised between there and Chelsea Harbour so logic told me it couldn't be that far.

Well once outside the station and checking the maps, we realised it was a little too far to walk so Plan B (or is it C by now?) was to get a bus.  We headed up past the Duke of York Square to the bus stop and waited for our bus to arrive.  When it did we were in for a bit of a surprise - it was one of the new Routemasters - and we were probably just a little bit too excited about this.

Imagine then when we got to the top deck and realised we had it all to ourselves. There was only one thing for it.

Yeap, time to get the camera out!

Top deck all to ourselves
Route 11 to Fulham Broadway

Goodness knows what the magic eye thought of me if it captured me taking pictures.

top deck front seats

The seats had one of those mesmerising patterns on, you know the sort that boggles your eyes. 

front view
pshycodelic seats

And there were two sets of stairs. The more modern ones behind the driver here: 


And the more traditional rear stairs from the platform below: 

rear stairs
new routemaster

And yes, someone was either enjoying the ride or pretending he wasn't with the loony taking pictures! 

seriously unimpressed

Well, I thought it was rude not to capture this, don't you agree?