Sightseeing in London
I’m not really a lover of cities and I think it is a dozen or more years since a previous trip to London. But on that enormously hot day – July 19th 2016, my wife had a need to go there and I went along for the ride.
Part of my going was that South West Trains were running £16 returns which made things viable financially, but I shall ignore the train journeys. From Waterloo we needed to get to a place near Baker Street and Regents Park. We used the 139 bus. We are of the bus pass generation so we had no extra to pay for this. The bus made for a mini sightseeing tour.
But let’s start with Regents Park where we joined many a lunch break person by the water.
A great place for water fowl. Canada geese dominated but there were some greylags as well. I’m fairly sure I saw some barnacle geese as well, but they were quite a distance away. There were mallard ducks and tufted ducks. And then there were moorhens, coots and some grebe.
But now let’s catch our number 139 bus and get the top deck – front seats as we headed back to Waterloo.
This is Baker Street – known as the home of that fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes.
London’s most famed shopping street is Oxford Street. It is much used by buses!Oxford Circus is no more than a roundabout.
This is where Regent Street crosses Oxford Street. We went down Regent Street which took us to Piccadilly Circus famed for the statue we call Eros.
From here we reached Trafalgar Square.
The fourth plinth generates interest these days. The present statue is a skeletal horse with stock exchange ticker tape!
Charing Cross is one of the Eleanor Crosses (well actually this one is a replica) 12 crosses marked the overnight resting places of Eleanor of Castille when she died in 1290.
Being on the top deck of a bus brings odds and ends into view – things you might miss from ground level.
What I couldn’t see was the shop below to know why we had a barrel clock. And by the way, that wasn’t the right time.
As we waited to turn onto Waterloo Bridge Road we saw an icon of London – still going strong.
Yes, a real Routemaster bus.
We passed over the bridge which afforded views of St Pauls Cathedral…
…and also the Houses of Parliament.
You also get glimpses of The Shard.
Not bad for a half hour (or so) bus journey.