15 June 2009
This was a part of a three bus journey very near the beginning of our project, which had involved the 16, close relative of the 316, bringing us to Cricklewood from Victoria
We spent some time tracing the Bakerloo Line, and some time on the 6 route, and passed the Roger Gracie Academy of Brazilian Jujitsu (no, nor did we…) Then we were back on familiar territory as we went down Ladbroke Grove and over the canal, where we just glimpsed some passing boats. Then we were into the car park for ‘Sylvia’s Sainsbury’s’. From the bus, we could not see the memorial garden to the dead of the Paddington Railway disaster of 1999 though we know it’s there somewhere. We looped round St Charles’ Hospital, where Sylvia spent a few weeks in the 1990s. I’m sure it’s cleaner now than it was then: it is impossible to imagine it being dirtier…
Albert Chevalier, the Music Hall comedian, who died in 1923. We had noted that there were fewer blue plaques than on some of our trips.
We were expecting White City Bus Garage to be a bit bleak, but it was magnificent, with an amazing bus cathedral where some of the buses were resting: occupying a huge area at the back of Westfields shopping centre, it had pleasantly planted tubs where Linda and I enjoyed our sandwiches before getting onto the 31.
(how strange it seems now, almost three years on, that there was once a time when we did not know about White City Bus Station!)