Tuesday, 31 March 2009
The Number 6 Route
30 March and a beautiful warm day. Mary, Linda and I met at Aldwych, but Linda was right, and the departure stop for the 6 was outside King’s College.
We set off at 10.25, along the Strand, around Trafalgar Square and up to Regent Street, which was very slow. Oxford Street and Marble Arch came next, and a few roadwork-induced diversions up the Edgware Road: for the first time, we were going West. We went along Clifton Gardens (very close to where Mary’s friend Jenny has a flat) . and thought the blue plaque we glimpsed must be for ‘Penicillin’ Fleming, but in fact it was for Sir Ambrose Fleming, inventor of the diode. Little Venice was looking attractive as we crossed the Canal, and we admired the amazing modern church of St Saviour’s, which, it turns out is a 1970s replacement for a mid-Victorian church which was too big for the parish.
We passed some beautiful Victorian cottages in Kilburn Lane, about which, regrettably, Google has nothing to say, and then the World Spiritual University of Brahma Kumaris, before arriving at Willesden Bus Station. None of us had known the area we had travelled through well, though we did pass Kensal Rise Station, which I used to use when Sylvia was in St Charles Hospital. You can check our route by going to TfL Journey Planner.
No time to linger, as our next bus rolled up in a twinkling.