London Buses route 27

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London United ADH29 on Route 27, Hammersmith (cropped).jpg
Operator London United
Garage Stamford Brook (V)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m
Peak vehicle requirement 28
Night-time 24-hour service
Start Chiswick Business Park
Via Hammersmith
Camden Town
End Chalk Farm
Length 9 miles (14 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 7-12 minutes
Journey time 47-91 minutes
Operates 24-hour service

London Buses route 27 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Chiswick Business Park and Chalk Farm, it is operated by London United.


The traditional route of the 27 was from Hounslow to Muswell Hill, via current route 281 as far as Twickenham, then via Richmond and Kew to Turnham Green. At Camden Town buses ran to Archway and Muswell Hill. The route had first been extended beyond Turnham Green in 1911.[1] The route operated through World War II, when it was used by famous passengers including Peter Cushing to reach the Q Theatre near Kew Bridge.[2][3]

There was also a route 27A running from Hampton Court to Archway via Bushy Park, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham and the main 27. Indeed after route 33 was extended from Richmond to Hounslow in March 1937, the 27 became Sundays only with the service north of Archway thus lost. The numbers were swapped over in the 1950s, so that the 27 became the main route once again, and the 27A to Hounslow disappeared shortly afterwards. The route was cut back to Richmond on Mondays to Fridays in 1970, with a new localised 270 (which later became the R70) replacing the service to Teddington, although the weekend service continued to run through until 1982. The route was finally cut back to run between Turnham Green and Camden Town in 1992, with the new route 391 indirectly taking over the Richmond service and no replacement for the Archway section. The short extension to Chalk Farm Safeway (now Morrisons) took place in 1995.

In 1950, the route took part in trials to reassure the police that eight-foot buses presented no danger to other traffic. The route was run from Holloway garage at the time.[4] Throughout the 1980s and 1990s the route was operated with a fleet of MCW Metrobuses and Eastern Coach Works bodied Leyland Olympians from Stamford Brook garage. It was operated by London United solely using Metrobuses until 2000, when upon being re-tendered it passed to First CentreWest, initially using their own fleet of MCW Metrobuses. In 2001 Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 2s were introduced.

Upon being re-tendered, on 12 November 2005, it returned to London United with new Scania OmniDekkas.[5] On 10 November 2012, London United commenced a new contract and the route was extended to Chiswick Business Park. The extension from Turnham Green is funded by the London Borough of Hounslow through developer contributions from Chiswick Business Park.[6] In January 2013, Alexander Dennis Enviro400Hs were introduced on the route.

Current route[edit]

MCW Metrobus at Richmond in March 1988

Notable drivers[edit]

Singer Matt Monro was a driver on route 27 prior to beginning his musical career.[7] In January 2011, bus driver Kenny MacKay published a book titled The Road Ahead: Observations of a London Bus Driver about his experiences as a driver on route 27.[8]


  1. ^ Klapper, Charles (1961). The golden age of tramways. Routledge & Kegan Paul. p. 114. 
  2. ^ Barry Morse; Anthony Wynn; Robert E. Wood (1 January 2006). Remember with Advantages: Chasing The Fugitive and Other Stories from an Actor's Life. McFarland. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-7864-2771-0. 
  3. ^ Barry Morse (1 June 2004). Pulling Faces, Making Noises: A Life on Stage, Screen & Radio. iUniverse. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-595-32169-8. 
  4. ^ Reed, John (2000). London Buses: A Brief History. Capital Transport Publishing. p. 50. ISBN 9781854142337. 
  5. ^ Bus tender results Route 27/N27 Transport for London 11 April 2005
  6. ^ "Route 27 Comes To Chiswick Business Park". Chiswick Herald. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Matt Monro - the singer's singer - biography
  8. ^ Carrier, Dan (3 March 2011). "Books: Review - The Road Ahead: Observations of a London Bus Driver. By Kenny Mackay". West End Extra. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 

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