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About Us

Hi there!

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Darren Chapman and I am the Director / Owner of The Bus Club.Com amongst other companies. I have been operating Party Buses now for over 30 years (3 whole decades, I can’t believe it)! I would challenge anyone to have that amount of experience in this field in the world, which means we are able to offer you, our valued customer, peace of mind when booking our famous Routemaster Party Buses and a promise that we are as passionate about your celebration / event as you.

The first Party on a bus that I ever organised happened whilst I was working at NatWest Bank after leaving school at 18 years of age. Originally, I had operated parties on coaches with my friends / work colleagues visiting top night clubs in and around London. These nights were simply a socialising event for me, although all my drinks were paid for and the cost was split between my friends to cover the hire of the coaches.

Darren’s mystery tours, as they became infamously known, because I never divulged the venue destination until we arrived on the night, soon grew rapidly. One day, just before one of the trips, I realised that I had miscalculated my numbers; this meant that I had too many people to fit on one coach but luckily as I was walking up Sutton High Street in Surrey (my then home town), a red modern double decker bus drove past with a "To Hire This Bus call” sign on the back, I quickly noted down the telephone number and called to enquire if a double decker bus had more seats than a coach and to my relief it did, a lot more. Therein the concept of a Party on a Bus was born by accident.

The look on my friends faces!

I will never forget the faces on my friends when I rocked up at Sutton B.R. Station, (our regular meeting point) and the doors opened and I shouted out, "Come on then, don’t just stand there, get on board, we have a party to go to”!

The reaction of my friends was astonishing, they all thought that it was hilarious to have a party on a red London double decker bus to night clubs and back again. Needless to say it was by far the best party that I had thrown and from that point I knew that I had hit on a concept that has now proved to be something very special indeed. So special in fact that replica companies have spread all across the UK and I’ve seen many more across the globe.

Only recently I have travelled to Mexico and Las Vegas during a trip and in both locations what do I see? Yes, you guessed it, Party Buses! Seeing the people on board having fun brought a huge grin to my face, as I see it as a privilege and a passion to help people smile and enjoy themselves.

My first ever commercial Party on a Bus headed out from Croydon, Surrey with a Hen Night / 25th Birthday Party and a Stag Party on board a Routemaster Bus in the early 1990s which we hired from my good old friend, Ronald Dalton’s company, International Coachlines London Ltd.

Big Changes in 2005!

It was in 2005 that I decided to make big changes. I had become increasingly frustrated at the lack of direction and desire and needed to be free from the shackles in order to make the party nights more adventurous and fun for my clients and also make my own decisions and really move the concept forward.

Ronald Dalton decided to hire his Routemasters exclusively to me alone, for various reasons – that day The Bus Club was born.

For a time, I continued to hire the famous original Routemaster Party buses from Ronny, until he kindly offered these buses for sale to me. Since then, I now own and operate 5 stunning red Routemaster double decker buses and a double decker coach which sets us apart from other copycat Party Bus companies. I have also attained the professional qualification status as a CPC Holder required to own and operate Buses / Coaches.

Our new acquisition, the double decker coach, is being hailed as the new generation of Party on a Bus and will be ready for Xmas 2013 - watch this space!

Hanging Up The Boots!

Although, sadly, I have hung up my boots some time ago as the Head of the Road Crew, a role that I thoroughly enjoyed, meeting thousands of people, I am still hands on as the Director, making the important decisions and pushing The Bus Club forward.

We now have a very buoyant Private Hire section added to the company which is generating a large amount of business giving us huge financial resources to both move the business forward and to give you, the client, an even better experience and also importantly in today’s financial climate excellent value for money.

Other companies rely only on their Party Bus operation and do not own and operate their own fleet as we do, which is why we can honour our ground breaking Tour Price Beat promise of £5 per person guaranteed - less than any other Party on a Bus operator on ALL tours that we feature.

We also have the biggest fleet at our disposal of "owned” Party on a Bus vehicles.

In addition to our famous Tour Price guarantee above we are also pleased to beat (not just match) any other company offering a Party Bus concept for any event, subject to availability.

Walking Away!

Since changes I had made in 2005 I have had more time and control in my life to achieve many successes. In addition to The Bus Club I am now proud to be heavily involved with Professional Football and Grass Roots football working with many talented children who have reached Academy status with various top Premier League Clubs. I have now achieved U.E.F.A Level 3 status on both pathways, both "Senior” and "Age Related” - something I am very proud of. Next year I am due to begin my PRO license, the last of the FIFA qualifications, giving me the right to Manage at Premiership League Level.

With my new business partner, Aiden Early, we have recently acquired 50% interest of a well-known Semi Professional Football Club and which we have planning permission to develop the 13 acre site into a Professional Football Academy amongst other concepts.

What does this have to do with a Party on a Bus concept you may ask?! Well, in addition to these plans linked in with Football / Children we are launching brand new concepts - namely The Football Party on a Bus / The Bonkers Buses our unique transport to the biggest senior school disco for 11 to 15 year olds (incorporating the Party on a Bus concept as their unique pick up and take home service to and from our 400 capacity venue at our club) / "The Road Trip” an exciting new and unique children’s Birthday Party concept.

Now that we have wheels and a great venue there will be many other great new ideas that we will incorporate into the group – exciting times ahead – so jump on board and join the club!!

Thank you for Reading

Warm Regards

Darren Chapman