London Buses route N87 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Aldwych and Kingston, it is operated by London General.


The N87 was a long-standing night-route with its origins as an all-night tram service. Introduced as route 287 after the withdrawal of the trams in 1952, it ran in both directions around a circular route in a figure of “8” from Victoria Embankment via Westminster, Kennington, Balham, Clapham, Tooting, Streatham, Brixton, Stockwell, Kennington, Elephant & Castle and Blackfriars back to Victoria Embankment. It was re-numbered N87 in 1960 in order to free up its original number for the new bus routes which were replacing the trolleybus services from the late 1950s. In later years it was rerouted to serve Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, Strand and Fleet Street instead of Victoria Embankment. Buses ran both ways around the loops every 24 minutes, which in those days made it the most frequent (and regular) night bus. It was replaced in the mid-1990s by a number of other routes when the re-organisation and enhancement of the night bus network took place, and is now covered mainly by the 88, today’s N44 and the N133.

On 3 June 2006, route N77 was renumbered N87. At the same time route N87 was withdrawn between Kingston and Tolworth.

On 2 June 2018, the Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs were replaced by brand new Enviro 400 MMC bodied Alexander Dennis E40Hs.

Current Route

Route N87 operates via these primary locations:

  • Aldwych
  • Charing Cross Station
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Westminster Station
  • Parliament Square
  • Tate Gallery
  • Vauxhall Bus Station
  • Wandsworth Road Station
  • Clapham Junction Station
  • Wandsworth High Street
  • Wimbledon Station
  • Raynes Park Station
  • New Malden
  • Kingston Fairfield Road Bus Station

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