A tradition of excellence
The company was first established in 1958 by Mr Edwin ‘Snowy’ Clarke and Lillian Clarke, who at the time traded predominantly as hauliers transporting coal within the South East London area. After initially providing the odd trip to the seaside for the local children, the business soon developed into providing coaches for local schools and clubs.
In 1972 Snowy’s eldest son Bill Clarke, together with his wife who were already involved in the company, took control and began to broaden the services provided by the business. Since Bill`s retirement, control of the company has passed to his eldest daughter, Deborah. Deborah has since continued the philosophy of Clarkes; while also developing the business further by adapting to rapidly changing markets to take on new challenges and opportunities.
Outgrowing our previous base in Anerley, South East London, Clarkes Headquarters moved to our current three acre site at Kangley Bridge Road, Lower Sydenham in 1992.
With our purpose built office, workshop and bodyshop, high level security and sufficient parking for up to 100 vehicles it is an enviable location so close to London. Our commuter fleet is conveniently located at a second depot in Kent.
Our continued investment in our fleet, new technology and staff as well as the continuous re-branding has proven to be an important factor in what Clarkes represents today.
In 2016 National Express (UK Coach) completed the purchase of Clarkes of London signalling a really exciting time for both the Clarkes of London and National Express teams as we joined together to strengthen our service offering to customers.
National Express already operated award winning private hire and corporate services through The Kings Ferry Ltd and The addition of Clarkes of London will allow us all to further enhance our offering and continue to deliver improvements offering value for money and excellent customer service.
Clarkes’ is a fantastic company with a proud history and an excellent record of delivering high-quality services.