We prefer the bus to the London tube and these are the reasons why …
We have our favourite seat which is right by the exit, but when we are on a long bus ride from one end of London to the other, we prefer to go on the upper deckand hope to find a seat at the very front of the bus.From the top of the London double decker buses,
we see the world from a different perspective – not the usual knee-level view of the world.Along this particular bus route from where to live in Chelsea to Liverpool Street Station, we go past most of London’s iconic sights. It’s as good as any tour buses!That’s Westminster Abbey, one of the world’s great churches, with a history stretching back over a thousand years.Right after that we see the big clock in a tower, one of the most prominent symbols of London. Known as Big Ben, it is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock. The tower was simply known as the Clock Tower, but since 2012, it has been renamed to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Today it is officially known as the Elizabeth Tower.
We drive past the gates leading to No. 10 Downing Street where Prime Minister Mummy, I mean May, lives.There are always tourists standing next to the horses outside the Horse Guards Parade for a photo opp even though there’s a sign that clearly warns that the “horse may kick or bite. Thank you.” Yet, the brave tourists heed not, as a tour bus pulls right up next to us and blocked our view. Some of them looked over at our bus, saw me and laughed. Maybe I am an unusual sight for them. We head down White Hall towards Trafalgar Square And there’s Lord Nelson at the top of the plinth! We pass by the Royal Courts of Justice.You often find protestors in the front – always has something to say about something!
And in front of the Royal Courts of Justice stands a heraldic dragon right in the middle of Fleet Street.It’s the Temple Bar Memorial.
We even caught sight of an old Double Decker bus – they are the “steam engines” of buses!The Iconic Routemaster bus was designed in the 1950′s became an instant classic. They ran in London until 2005, when they were finally retired from service. But on Route 9 they still have them running. It seems like they are eventually going to be phased out. What a shame.
As the bus drove on, sometimes inching its way through the streets of London and stopping at every bus stop, when we caught sight of St. Paul’s Cathedral.… an Anglican cathedral that sits at the highest point of the City of London.Mummy was so eager to take a proper photo of it that she missed me out on this, and just then an announcement came on to say that the bus route has changed and that was the last stop – everyone had to get off! Bummer! We were so near and yet so far – from Liverpool Street Station.
Well, it gave Mummy a photo opportunity!I had to pose for an Instagram post!And our interpretation of The Young Lovers statue by Georg Ehrlich in the Festival Gardens We waited for the next number 11 bus to come along but gave up and got into a taxi for the rest of the way to Spitalfields. It had taken us more than an hour to get that far!
Our destination, our mission today was to pick up the 3D prints of us at Levavo.After having approved the miniatures, it was time for a spot of Italian spaghetti pomodoro at Fazenda,before we started to head back home, taking the same 11 bus from Liverpool Street Station.
Along the way, we saw this wall of alphabets.The 11 bus starts at Liverpool Street Station,And we retraced our route going in the homeward bound direction – as we went to the top of the bus again. And while we were on the same route, we saw things differently from another perspective. We missed some of the newer towers on the ever-changing skyline of London.Alongside the historical monuments, now we have strange names for these new buildings – The Shard, London’s tallest building and the Walkie Talkie (20 Fenchurch St.)
This time when we reached Trafalgar Square, Mummy decided to get off the bus. It wasn’t because there was a change of route but only because she wanted to check out the world’s smallest police station!Located on the south-east corner of Trafalgar Square, most people don’t even know it is there. Built in 1926, it can house one police officer who kept an eye on the troublemakers in demonstrations. Or it can hold two prisoners at a time.
And more photo opps!We could easily have jumped into a taxi but no, Mummy insisted we shall do it the “right” way. We got on another bus and finally made our way home. That return trip took the whole morning and afternoon!
May’s comment: I prefer to take the buses when commuting in London. And especially on the number 11 bus, we get a good tour of the city.
Darcy would sit on my lap every time as I don’t like her on the floor. There’s some rule that dogs need to go upstairs but 99% of the time, no driver would say anything. But when George came along, I have the both of them on my lap. And if it’s a long bus ride, it is not the most comfortable.