The Number 10 kind of encapsulates my time living in London. When we first arrived, it ran from Hammersmith to Archway, unless we really wanted a ride up the hill of York Way, in which case it could be relied upon to terminate at King's Cross. Then that end point became official, but the splendid 390 went up to Archway instead. And now the Number 10 is over. From Friday 23rd, it will be a former bus: all part of the plan (to save money, said a driver I spoke to) to reduce the number of buses along Oxford Street.
So anyway, we picked it up in Wharfdale Road, at 10.20, and turned down into the end of Caledonian Road, to emerge onto the Euston Road and pass King's Cross, and St Pancras. Separate stations demonstrate the fact that private companies each built and ran their own railways, just as the fact of all the stations lining the North of the Euston Road show the power of the noble landlords (Dukes of Bedford and Westminster) who did not want railways on their lands.
The smart new entrances to Tottenham Court Road Station are looking very busy already. Apparently, once the Elizabeth Line opens, the expected footfall will be greater than Heathrow Terminal 5.
We did not think much of the Christmas Decorations (OX ST? Why?) but it did not take as long as we expected to get to Selfridges, and then the left turn into Park Lane.
Even here, in smart Kensington, there was masses of building going on. Soon we were on the outskirts of Hammersmith, where parts of St Paul's School have become a hotel, and where we enjoyed a glimpse of the attractive parish church of St Mary's West Kensington
The bus station is at the eastern end of Hammersmith, so we did not need to grapple with the difficult traffic there before rolling up onto the top level and climbing off, with barely a minute before our next bus departed. Ninety minutes to cross from on side of central London to the other is not bad in today's traffic conditions.