London Buses route 63 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Honor Oak and King's Cross, it is operated by London Central.
Route 63 commenced operation on 17 September 1919 between Gospel Oak (Mansfield) and Honor Oak (Forest Hill Tavern) via Blackfriars Bridge and Elephant & Castle. By the end of World War II it had been cut back to operate between King's Cross station and Honor Oak.
On 15 September 1954, the route was extended from Honor Oak to Crystal Palace as a replacement for the British Railways branch line to Crystal Palace, which was closed at the same time.
On 1 February 1961 the route was extended to replace withdrawn trolleybuses to Parliament Hill Fields.
On 9 October 1963, the Weekend Service was withdrawn and replaced by route 63A.
On 24 January 1970, the Weekend service was re-introduced and was extended from Kings Cross to Hampstead Heath.
On 17 June 1972, the route was withdrawn between Kings Cross and Hampstead Heath, this section replaced by route 46.
On 2 November 1985, the route was converted to one person operation with AEC Routemasters replaced by Leyland Titans.
On 22 January 2000, the route was converted to low floor operation using Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TLs.
On 17 May 2003, the route was withdrawn between Honor Oak and Crystal Palace, this section was replaced by route 363.
On 14 November 2009, the route was retained by London Central with brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs introduced.
In 2013, Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs were introduced.
In October 2016, the Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs and the Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs were replaced by brand new MCV EvoSeti bodied Volvo B5LHs.
On 12 November 2016, the route was retained by London Central.
In February 2017, Optare Olympus bodied Dennis Tridents were introduced.
In October 2017, the route was converted back to a full MCV EvoSeti bodied Volvo B5LH operation.
Route 63 operates via these primary locations:
- Honor Oak Forest Hill Tavern
- Peckham Rye station
- Peckham High Street
- Bricklayers Arms
- New Kent Road
- Elephant & Castle
- St George's Circus
- Southwark Station
- Blackfriars Bridge
- Blackfriars Station
- Ludgate Circus
- City Thameslink Station
- Farringdon Station
- Mount Pleasant
- King's Cross