9ct yellow gold London Routemaster bus charm.

The Routemaster has in recent years become the most well-known London bus and, probably , the most famous bus in the world.

The first Routemasters entered service with London Transport in February 1956 and the last were withdrawn from regular service in December 2005, although one heritage route is still operated by Routemasters in central London. The first London bus route to be operated by the Routemaster was the on 8 February 1956, with RM1. The same bus, with a revised front end, appeared at the Lord Mayor’s Show in November 1956.

Despite the retirement of the original version, the Routemaster has retained iconic status, and is considered a British cultural icon.