London Buses route 73 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Stoke Newington and Oxford Circus, it is operated by Arriva London.
Route 73 commenced on 30 November 1914, and originally ran from King's Cross to Barnes via Euston Road, Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street, Knightsbridge, Kensington and Hammersmith.
By 1949 the route ran from Stoke Newington to Richmond. In 1958 the route was extended further west via Twickenham to Hounslow, replacing route 33. This latter route was reinstated in 1966 between Hammersmith and Richmond, with route 73 was curtailed at Hammersmith, running to Richmond on Saturdays and Hounslow on Sundays.
The Sunday service was cut back to Twickenham in 1978, and in 1982 route 73 became a regular daily service between Stoke Newington and Hammersmith. On 13 August 1988 the route was diverted at Hyde Park Corner to Victoria Station, and replaced by new route 10 west of Hyde Park Corner.
In August 1994 the route, at the time operated by Leaside Buses, was used to test satellite monitoring of buses in an effort to reduce bunching.
On 4 September 2004, the AEC Routemasters were replaced by Mercedes-Benz O530G articulated buses. The allocation was transferred from Tottenham (AR) garage to new Lee Valley (LV) garage and the route was withdrawn between Seven Sisters and Tottenham Garage.
On 3 September 2011, route 73 was retained by Arriva London, transferred from Lee Valley (LV) garage to Stamford Hill (SF) garage and converted back to double deck operation with Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5LHs and Wright Gemini 2 bodied VDL DB300s. The route was discontinued between Seven Sisters and Stoke Newington.
On 29 December 2012, route 73 was converted to full hybrid operation using Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5LHs.
On 14 May 2015, the Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5LHs were replaced by brand New Routemasrers.
On 17 June 2017, the route was withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Victoria.
The route will be retained by Arriva London from 1 September 2018.
- Stoke Newington Stoke Newington Common
- Newington Green
- Essex Road
- King's Cross
- St Pancras
- Euston Square
- Tottenham Court Road
- Oxford Circus Holles Street