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All aboard! Sir Ian McKellen is hosting bus tours of London

Isabelle Aron

If you live in London, you've probably never bothered to take a bus tour of the city – unless you've been reluctantly dragged on one by your enthusiastic parents when they came to visit. But this could change your mind, because none other than Sir Ian McKellen – actor, activist and, all-round great guy – is adding another string to his bow and hosting bus tours of London. Yes, really. It's part of the BFI Presents Shakespeare on Film season, which kicks off in April this year to mark 400 years since the Bard's death. McKellen will be hosting bus tours of locations from the 1995 film 'Richard III', which he starred in and was mostly shot in London, with scenes at St Pancras station, Tate Modern and Battersea Power Station.

Exact dates have yet to be released but we reckon they'll sell out pretty swiftly, so keep an eye on the BFI's website for updates. And we know it's got nothing to do with Shakespeare, but we'll be disappointed if McKellen doesn't take the opportunity to bellow 'you shall not pass' at a few unsuspecting cabbies trying to overtake his bus.

Before you brush shoulders with Sir Ian McKellen, read up on seven things you must never do on a London bus.

Or read Sarah Sumeray's ode to London buses.


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