This is the third in a series of articles describing the scheduled bus routes that serve the Dragon Café in Borough. The café is a social enterprise that welcomes customers on Mondays. During the current epidemic, the café’s operation has been temporarily suspended and some of the parks, museums, shops and places of worship mentioned below are also closed.

Malcolm Allan took a picture of a Half Cab RT bus turning into Natal Road in the 1971-75 era.

The 133 bus offers a very direct route from Streatham Station into the heart of the city. This Zone 3 station has a glazed booking hall but, despite that seemingly modern exterior, offers a poor standard of access to the platforms below. If you can manage the stairways, frequent trains are available through Farringdon into Hertfordshire and, via East Croydon, to outer suburbs such as Caterham. Since May 2020, Arriva London South provides the crews and double deckers for both the 133 and the overnight equivalent, the N133, which terminates at Morden Station. Brixton Garage is their base, a location that served trams for almost sixty years. That depot is fondly remembered by bus enthusiasts as the last London garage to service AEC Routemasters.

Route 133 used to be much longer, stretching from South Croydon to Hendon over the 1958-1971 period. Conductors were lost from the route in November 1985. A new TfL service, numbered 333, took over the stretch between Tooting and Streatham in January 2003; this month also marked a positive transition to low-floored vehicles.