London Buses route 273 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Petts Wood and Lewisham, it is operated by Stagecoach London.
Route 273 commenced operating on 29 July 1989 between Lewisham Bus Station and Lewisham via Lewisham High Street - Lee Bridge - Lee High Road - Manor Park - Staplehurst Road - Fernbrook Road - Southbrook Road - Burnt Ash Hill - Horncastle Road - Woodyates Road - Westhorne Avenue. It was initially operated by London Transport from their Catford (TL) garage using Optare StarRiders.
On 18 November 1989, the route was extended from Horn Park to Grove Park and the Westhorne Avenue routeing was abandoned. The Optare StarRiders were replaced by MCW Metroriders and Wright bodied Mercedes Benz 811D's at the same time.
On 14 July 1990, the Sunday service was withdrawn.
On 26 April 1991, the route was withdrawn.
On 8 October 1994, the route was reintroduced operating from Selkent from their Catford (TL) garage using MCW Metroriders and Wright Handybus bodied Dennis Darts.
On 11 November 1995, the route was extended from Horn Park Estate to Grove Park.
On 17 March 2001, Extended from Grove Park to Petts Wood - replacing lost section of Route 162 between Chislehurst and Petts Wood and was rerouted between Horn Park and Grove Park.
On 12 January 2002, the route passed to First London operating from their Orpington (Y) garage using low floor Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs and a Sunday service was introduced.
On 13 January 2007, the route passed to Selkent operating from their Catford (TL) garage using brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts.
In 2009, Alexander ALX200 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs were introduced.
On 14 January 2012, the route was retained by Stagecoach London.
In December 2012, the Alexander ALX200 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs were replaced by Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.
On 14 January 2017, the route was retained by Stagecoach London.
In February 2017, the Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart and the Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts were replaced by brand new Enviro 200 MMC bodied Alexander Dennis E20Ds.
Route 273 operates via these primary locations:
- Petts Wood Station Station Square
- St Mary Cray Station
- Chislehurst High Street
- Le May Avenue (for Grove Park Station)
- Horn Park
- Lee Station
- Hither Green Station
- Lewisham Station
- Lewisham Tesco