London Buses route 242 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Homerton University Hospital and Tottenham Court Road, it is operated by Arriva London.
Route 242 commenced operating on 28 February 1998 between between Tottenham Court Road station and Homerton University Hospital via Bloomsbury Way - High Holborn - Holborn Circus - Holborn Viaduct - Poultry - Bank - Threadneedle Street - Bishopsgate - Shoreditch - Kingsland Road - Dalston Junction - Graham Road - Hackney Central Station - Amhurst Road - Hackney Downs Station - Dalston Lane,Lower Clapton Road - Powerscroft Road - Millfields Road - Mandeville Street - Daubeney Road - Clapton Park - Redwald Road - Glyn Road - Clifden Road - Brooksby's Walk - Homerton Grove. The route was introduced as a replacement for routes 22A and 22B. The route was initially operated by Arriva London from their Clapton (CT) garage using Alexander bodied Leyland Olympians.
In 1998, the route was converted to low floor operation using Alexander ALX400 bodied DAF DB250LFs.
On 1 February 2003, the route was retained by Arriva London.
In April 2004, the route as converted to a 24 hour service.
In 2006, Clapton (CT) garage was announced closed and the allocation was moved to Stamford Hill (SF) garage.
On 19 April 2008, the night service transferred to Tottenham (AR) garage.
In 2009, Tottenham (AR) and Stamford Hill (SF) allocation moved to Clapton (CT) garage.
In 2010, route 242 was retained by Arriva London with brand new Wright Gemini 2 bodied VDL DB300s introduced and existing Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs.
On 25 February 2017, this route was retained by Arriva London with brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B5LHs introduced.
Route 242 operates via these primary locations:
- Homerton University Hospital Wardle Street
- Mare Street for Hackney Downs Station
- Hackney Central Station
- Shoreditch High Street
- Liverpool Street Station
- Bank Station
- St Paul's Station
- City Thameslink Station
- Chancery Lane Station
- Holborn Station
- Tottenham Court Road Station