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Bustronome London: A Gourmet Sightseeing Bus Tour

Living in London I’ve never experienced a London bus tour. This changed the moment I was invited to indulge in a four-course lunch on a double decker bus. Intrigued and never one to turn down food I accepted without hesitation.

Side view of the black coloured with gold detail Bustronome London double decker bus

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Disclosure: We were guests of Bustronome, however all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a copyright of the Curious Pixie.

Sima in green top stepping onto the black coloured with gold detail Bustronome London double decker bus

Bustronome offers a new culinary experience in the city. A play on words combining bus and gastronomy, the traditional sightseeing tour with upscale dining has been a huge hit in its birthplace Paris.

Photo inside Bustronome London double decker bus with glass roof and London views

A black and gold custom built high-end double decker bus turned restaurant awaits on Victoria Embankment for a two hour journey through the heart of the capital. The top deck is transformed into swish restaurant with a 360 degree glass panoramic roof, whilst the downstairs is equipped with a kitchen, cloakroom and loo.

View of table set for two on the Bustronome London bus and London Thames views

The bus is full of clever little touches. Our French waiter poured the wine placing it in a clear perspex stand which helped hold the glasses steady in transit. Magnetic placemats kept the cutlery stable and the menu’s doubled up as maps with the use of audio pens to learn about unusual stories as the landmarks passed by. A real bonus you’re in control of the commentary unlike other bus tours.

View of menu with London landmarks and audio pen

Fresh, seasonal produce is the focus for the fine dining menu on offer which changes every two months. Dietary requirements are catered for with advance warning and vegetarian, vegan and halal menus are available on demand.

artichoke and hummus gateau drizzled with a refreshing crushed hazelnut and lime dressing.

The dishes flowed after our appetizer of tapenade on bread with a starter of artichoke and hummus gateau drizzled with a refreshing crushed hazelnut and lime dressing.

Sima holding glass of white wine with views of St Pauls Cathedral seen through glass roof on the Bustronome London

They went down a treat whilst being surrounded by glorious elevated views of St Paul’s Cathedral. I regularly walk past this iconic landmark but it was wonderful to view it from a different perspective with a wine glass in hand!

crispy roll with goats cheese served with beetroots three ways

Our next course comprised of a crispy roll with goats cheese served with beetroots three ways. Half way through we experienced the best of British summertime with practically four seasons in umm…two hours. We were treated to thunderous grey clouds on one side of the bus and blue skies on the other by mother nature.

Myself and ... sat at a table for two holding wine glasses with London Eye in the background seen through the glass roof of the Bustronome London
vegetarian main of herb risotto croquette accompanied with carrot puree, girolle mushrooms and tarragon sauce

Wine glasses constantly topped up the vegetarian main of herb risotto croquette accompanied with carrot puree, girolle mushrooms and tarragon sauce was also deliciously executed.

Sima in sunglasses with glass of white wine overlooking tourists with umbrellas on bridge and the London Eye from Bustronome London

It tasted all the more delicious with the smug feeling of being enclosed and dry in the comfort of a luxury bus. To ensure the smooth running of this culinary operation, all the meals are prepared off-site initially then finished and plated in the bus kitchen.

preparation area on Bustronome London

Bringing our gastronomic journey to a close, it was time for the foodie showstopper. A strawberries and ginger pavlova with ginger sorbet. I practically licked the plate clean.

A strawberries and ginger pavlova with ginger sorbet.

Coffee and tea is served as the bus draws nearer to the starting point of the Embankment. And there ends a very special lunch.

The concept is of course a fantastic tourist attraction and a great way to introduce yourself to London. Although I think it’s also great for Londoners, especially when you’re looking for something a little different than the usual restaurant for a special occasion.

Sima in sunglasses holding white wine going over Tower Bridge that can be seen through the glass roof of Bustronome London

Bustronome runs daily but advance booking is required. The tour and the four-course lunch menu is priced at £65 or £85 with wines and lasts 2 hours. There is also a six-course dinner which lasts 2hrs 45mins and priced at £105 or £135 with wine or treat yourself to an afternoon tea from £65. Concessions for children are also available.

If you’re ready for a fabulous sensory experience for both tastebuds and eyes book your unique experience here:

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12 Comments

  • Angie Silver 23rd September 2019 at 8:24 am

    What a fun and unique experience!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 23rd September 2019 at 8:52 am

      Yeah, such a different way to see London.

  • Ferne Arfin 26th September 2019 at 5:48 pm

    What a fun idea. Can’t wait to try it.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 27th September 2019 at 10:42 am

      It’s a great way to see London from a different perspective with wine glass in hand!

  • Catherine Boardman 29th September 2019 at 7:02 pm

    What a fabulous idea!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 29th September 2019 at 7:53 pm

      Genius! A great way to see London.

  • Ann 30th September 2019 at 5:32 am

    Oh yes!
    What a great way to see the city, Im gonna keep my eyes open for that kind of sightsing 😀

    • Sima Sthanakiya 30th September 2019 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Ann, it really is and so much fun.

  • Ioana Stoica 3rd October 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Well, this is a GENIUS idea if I ever saw one! I’m going to have to do this next time I’m in London. I wish we had this in Toronto!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 4th October 2019 at 10:41 am

      It’s such a relaxing way to see London. You totally have to book for your next visit.

  • Janine Marsh 10th October 2019 at 11:23 am

    Great idea. I did it in Paris and loved it

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th October 2019 at 12:06 pm

      Oh it would be lovely to experience in Paris too.

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