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It bus be love: six double-decker dates for Valentine’s Day in London

Fancy getting loved-up in London this month? Here are some of the best ways to do so – all discoverable by bus…

Written by Time Out. Paid for by Transport for London

Hey, Valentine! Believe it or not, there’s something romantic about bus-hopping. Whether you’re fond of twinkling lights or watching the sun set lazily over the Thames, catching a bus can be a lovely way to really see London out of your window. Plus, buses run around the clock, are wheelchair-accessible and are great value for money thanks to TfL’s £1.50 Hopper fare, which lets you save cash (or splash more on your date). Here are six affordable activities to try with your Valentine, best travelled to by bus. Extra romance points if you score a seat at the front of the top deck.

Remember to check the TfL Journey Planner before you travel.


For more tips on making the most of everything London has to offer, visit our guide to the wonderful world of off-peak.

There are endless reasons to make the journey to Henry VIII’s delightfully over-the-top palace: the impressive architecture shaped by consecutive dynasties, the opulent Tudor chapel that is still used today, and, of course, the jaw-dropping royal maze.
Bus stop Hampton Court Palace.
Bus numbers 111, 216, 411 and R68.
£4.50 maze entry (or included with £10.65 palace ticket).

Take in the beautiful views at Hampstead Pergola

North London’s gorgeous and secluded Hampstead Pergola is a favourite of local artists – and it’s not hard to see why. The wild flora is pretty as a picture, and you get uninterrupted views of the London skyline. Take a moment to relax below the pergola, which is festooned with wisteria.
Bus stop Inverforth House.
Bus numbers 210, 268 and N5.


Fall in love over interiors at Leighton House Museum

Former home of the Victorian artist Frederic Lord Leighton, this Holland Park beauty (which is only open on weekends) was created by award-winning architect George Aitchison. Every inch of the space has been adorned; be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the astonishing collection of sixteenth-century Islamic glazed tiles.
Bus stop Kensington High St/Earl’s Court Rd.
Bus numbers 9, 23, 27, 49, C1, N27 and N28.


Sometimes a journey can be a destination in itself. Begin your ride at North Greenwich, where you’ll board the UK’s first urban cable car and take to the skies for a 0.7-mile ride. Want to really up the romance factor? Book a Champagne Flight in a private cabin and soar above the Thames in style.
Bus stop North Greenwich.
Bus numbers 108, 129, 132, 161, 188, 422, 472 and 486.
From £3.50. Champagne Flight: £28 per person.

The capacious events space in London’s latest Boxpark hosts everything from comedy events to creative workshops and, of course, loads of live music and parties. Rock up on V-Day for a huge, free ‘Massaoke’ session: that’s next-level karaoke, with a live band where everyone sings along together. Date night sorted.
Bus stop Wembley Park.
Bus numbers 83, 92, 182, 206, 223, 297 and N83.

Get there for less!

Get there for less!

When embarking on your four-wheeled adventures, it pays to remember that you’ll save big when travelling during the wonderful world of off-peak.

Off-peak fares apply on all Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail services every weekday before 6.30am, between 9.30am and 3.59pm, and from 7pm onwards. Off-peak fares also apply all day on weekends and public holidays. Always touch in and out with the same card or device to pay the right fare. Touch in only on buses and trams. To check a fare, use the single fare finder.

Travel by bus or tram for just £1.50
TfL’s Hopper fare lets you take unlimited pay as you go bus and tram journeys within one hour of first touching
in for just £1.50.

Travel within Zones 2-6 for £1.50
Fare shown is for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey not going via Zone 1 on Tube, DLR and most London Overground services.

Travel into Zone 1 from £2.40
Fare shown is for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey from Zone 2 into Zone 1.

Want more adventures?

The interactive Cultural TfL Map reveals more than 800 Time Out-recommended museums, galleries, street art works and more, all within a short walk or bus ride from each station. There are plenty of fantastic experiences to be found, which you can visit during the wonderful world of off-peak. Explore now at


We know that affordable, convenient public transport is the key to accessing the best that London has to offer – and thanks to TfL’s affordable off-peak fares and other discounts across the network, the possibilities for adventure are wider than ever. Here, you'll find plenty more unexpected and exciting off-peak outings.

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