There isn't generally much visual interest when it comes to a garage, but Stockwell Bus Garage is special - special enough to be Grade II listed anyway. It opened in 1952 on Binfield Road, Lambeth. While most bus garage roofs before this time were made from steel girders, a post-war steel shortage meant that they had to use concrete instead. The garage is recognised as on of the most important modernist buildings in London, and you can learn more about why on the 21st June, when they hold an open day as part of their Year of the Bus celebrations.
A guide from the London Transport Museum will give illustrated talk throughout the day about why it has been called 'London's finest building'. You can learn about the history of London buses in general with an exhibition featuring twenty heritage vehicles dating back to as early as 1914, including London Transport Museum's newly restored B-type bus. Other activities include a family safety guide on the transport system, a ride on a bus through a bus wash, and a bouncy bus-castle.
Visitor can also take round trips on vintage and open top buses from the garage to Parliament Square and back. There will be departures every half hour from 10:30am - 3:30pm.