Monday 9 November 2009
If B stands for Bexleyheath, then we assume that C stands for Central, and so we had travelled these routes somewhat earlier in the project. Actually, here's an interesting summary from TfL in answer to someone's question about this. There are only 5 'C' buses, though in the 1990s there was also a C12, which made its way from Kings Cross to Finchley Road Station.
A single decker of the old fashioned kind with one door, it retraced part of the 49 route, carrying a number of obviously successful shoppers and passing several churches including St John the Baptist, home of the Ripples Montessori School. We liked the autumn colours in Cadogan Gardens.
We regularly regret the demise of the Commonwealth Institute, scene of enjoyable times when the children were young, especially the mechanical cow; but it does seem odd that such prime real estate should still just be crumbling. It seems that this is all about the change and by the time you read this it may be a whole new world.
Back to South Kensington Station, where the traffic flow has much improved since our last visit and then past the V and A and the Brompton Oratory to reach Harrods and the forthcoming Moncler shop with an interesting photo in its window.
Our bus was held on three occasions to 'regulate the service', but even so, as we passed Jenny Packham's little shop front. we realised we would be in Victoria in much less than an hour, and we were, pulling in at 14.55.
It is a reminder of how long our project has been going, that we had no idea what this 'love your bank' stuff was about, and were more interested in the window cleaners. To think that the Metro Bank was justr a gleam in someone's eye...