On 9 December, it will be exactly 10 years since the last Routemaster bus slid into the omnibus Valhalla that is Brixton garage. 9 December is also when Londonist is hosting a night of 'public transport cabaret' — London Is... Moving.
Join authors Travis Elborough and Scott Wood, as well as Londonist’s very own transport guru Geoff Marshall — all giving their own twist on the topic of London transport. Learn the secrets of the London Underground, hear strange tales from the tube, and discover the cultural history of the boss of buses: the Routemaster.
Intrigued? Here's more:
Travis Elborough: Routemaster: The Bus We Loved
Travis Elborough, author of The Bus We Loved, celebrates the Routemaster. Discussing the likes of the Festival of Britain, Cliff Richard, the Eagle comic, Alfie and On the Buses, Travis explores how this humble bus became one of the world's most cherished icons.
Travis has been a freelance writer, author, and cultural commentator for more than a decade. His books include The Bus We Loved: London’s Affair with the Routemaster, Wish You Were Here: England on Sea and London Bridge in America.
Geoff Marshall: Tubespotting
Does Geoff have an unhealthy obsession with the tube? Probably. That's good news for you, though, as Geoff regales you with incredible tube trivia, and tells you how he — not once, but twice — held the World Record for visiting all 270 tube stations in the fastest possible time. If it's got anything to do with the tube, Geoff knows about it.
Scott Wood: Urban Legends of the London Underground
The bowels of London’s Underground system writhe with folklore. Just as fairy tales warn of the dangers of going into the woods alone, so London’s urban legends often carry the same moral. Scott Wood, author of London Urban Legends: The Corpse on the Tube, and host of the London Fortean Society faces the 'helpful terrorist', sniffs out London’s plague pits, and dissects the story of the corpse on the tube.
London Is... Moving takes place on 9 December at The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, London N1 0AX, from 7pm-10pm. Tickets are £6.25, including booking fee. We strongly recommend you book ahead.