Simon Gray picked up an old bus, hoping to use it to travel across the UK – but when coronavirus hit, he decided to turn it into a gin bar instead.
The 40-year-old paid £2,000 for the bus on Facebook Marketplace and initially it sat empty, but after realising he wouldn’t be going far this summer, he spent seven days and £500 converting it into a swanky gin bar.
The gardener, of Swansea, South Wales: ‘I saw the bus on social media and couldn’t resist.
‘The previous owner drove it to me and I even stood at the bus stop near my house to get on it for the first time.
‘I was going to put beds in it and make it a camper van for all the family but then lockdown happened.’
The father-of-four ripped out the passenger seats and welded the bars for decor.
‘I kept some of the original chairs for the outdoor seating area,’ Simon added.
‘I spent £500 on paints, flooring, lights and wallpaper.
‘I mainly went to the Range or purchased items from Amazon.
‘We also had an old pool table which I cut in half and put at the end of the bus.
‘I glued the balls to the wall to make it quirky and to save on decor costs.’
He managed to get pint glasses, ashtrays and optic measurers for free after working with a former pub landlord.
He said: ‘I was lucky enough to do a former pub landlords garden so I traded my services for some old stuff from the pub.’
The bus has one door at the front which leads to behind the bar and a door in the middle which can be used for guests.
He hopes to invite friends and family round when the lockdown finishes.
He said: ‘My neighbours were laughing when they saw the bus. They couldn’t believe it.
‘During the summer, a random man was peering over the fence so I asked if he was ok.
‘Turns out, he was a London bus enthusiast who had heard about my project.
‘I invited him in to have a look and he said I had saved the bus as it would have been scrapped.’
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