Town Towels: London Traditional Routemaster organic cotton tea towel


A beautiful tea towel tribute to London’s iconic red bus!

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In 1907, the London General Omnibus Company decided to paint its whole fleet of buses bright red. Since then, the red London bus has become a symbol of the city, depicted on t-shirts and posters the world over. And of all the models of red bus that have navigated the capital’s streets, the Routemaster is without a doubt the most iconic, with its half-cab and its open rear platform. Dating back to 1954, the Routemaster was voted one of Britain’s top 10 design icons in 2006. This design shows the Routemaster in action on heritage route 15 to Tower Hill.

  • Made in the United Kingdom
  • Made of 100% organic cotton

About Town Towels

Town Towels was an idea conceived during the 2020 world of pandemics, recession and Brexit division. We knew that despite all the apparent reasons to be fearful and divisive, there was – and remains – so much beauty, community spirit and reasons to look forward to the future here in the United Kingdom. Our simple plan was to display some of that beauty on the humble tea towel, by working with British designers whose work we admire. Tim Pearce ran a town guides publishing business for almost two decades beginning at the turn of the 21st century, based in Barry, South Wales. He spent time exploring beautiful market towns throughout England and Wales, dedicating countless hours to producing bespoke maps, designing advertisements for small local businesses, and researching the history and famous sons and daughters of these locations. Years later, Tim had the idea of producing tea towels that would depict locations throughout the country, and teamed up with son Luke to start the business together during the 2020 pandemic. With an enthusiasm to try new things that would help spread some positivity in what otherwise seemed like a hopeless and divisive time, they got going. After Tim put together some initial designs, and Luke built relations with other British designers, they made their first order with the manufacturers in the Midlands. Town Towels finally launched in September 2020.


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