London General New Routemaster in Parliament Square in December 2014
OperatorLondon General
PredecessorsRoute 53
StartDeptford Bridge station
ViaNew Cross
Elephant & Castle
Oxford Circus
EndMarylebone station

London Buses route 453 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Deptford Bridge and Marylebone stations, it is operated by London General.


London General Mercedes-Benz O530G on Westminster Bridge in June 2009
London General Alexander Dennis Enviro400 in November 2011

Route 453 commenced operating on 15 March 2003 as part of a reorganisation of routes in preparation for the introduction of the London congestion charge. Operating between Deptford Bridge and Marylebone stations,[1] it parallels route 53 as far as Lambeth North station. It was initially operated by Stagecoach London's Plumstead garage with Mercedes-Benz O530G articulated buses. Night route N453 was introduced at the same time.[2]

Route 453 originally started from the first busy single stop on route 53, at Deptford, outside Addey and Stanhope School, then duplicated the 53 via New Cross, New Cross Gate, Old Kent Road, Bricklayers Arms, Elephant & Castle, St George's Circus, Westminster, to Whitehall, then Regent Street, Oxford Street, Great Portland Street, Regent's Park and to Marylebone station. The section north of Oxford Circus was a new service designed to create a new south–west link at Regent's Park station.[2]

New Routemasters were introduced on 18 October 2014. The rear platform remains closed at all times except for when the bus is at bus stops.[3]

Current route

Route 453 operates via these primary locations:[4]


  1. ^ Craig, Zoe (15 September 2016). "How Do London's Buses Get Their Numbers?". Londonist.
  2. ^ a b Aldridge, John (May 2003). "Hendy's bendies reach Deptford". Buses. Ian Allan Publishing (578): 13.
  3. ^ Press Release Transport for London
  4. ^ Route 453 Map Transport for London