Wednesday, 22 July 2009
The Number 21 Route
Tuesday 21 July 2009 A slightly shaky start, as Jo only woke at 08.30, having contracted to meet Linda at Lewisham at 10.00. But the marvels of London transport meant there was time for a quick cup of coffee at London Bridge before catching the first free train and arriving before 10.00 to meet Linda.
We are not particularly used to rain, but it was light and intermittent, and makes a change. The 21 was a bit less punctual than us, but we were off before 10 past 10. We passed the great building site where the parents of Lewisham Bridge School have been mounting their rooftop protest against demolition and two years of pupils being bussed to New Cross. There are many websites about this, all deeply political!
The Deptford Memorial Gardens were more pleasing and we were soon passing Goldsmiths as well as Deptford Town Hall with its impressive statues. Southwark has detailed air monitoring and had put up a big notice to tell us so.
We passed the Everlasting Arms Mission, ‘setting the captives free’ and the Dun Cow Doctors’ Surgery, up the newly resurfaced Great Dover Road and up Borough High Street, where there were strange blue men climbing the wall of Costa Coffee.
The route goes over London Bridge, alongside James’ office and into the City of London, passing the Bank of England, and adding ‘Rush Hair’ to our collection of coiffeur names, and the Barbican, with some very good flowers in Finsbury Square. We turned right off the City Road just before Moorfield’s Eye Hospital heading up the New North Road and over the Regent’s Canal twice before reaching Newington Green.
We don’t usually approve of places where only one bus starts or stops, but this was a pleasant patch of grass with some information boards and seats for people consulting their A to Z about how to reach the 393 bus stop. (There was also a loo)