Monday, 24 January 2011
The Number 139 Route
Waterloo to West End Green
Monday January 24th 2011
Due to the usual Monday morning nonsense that is the Jubilee Line Linda was a bit late for Mary at Waterloo, but no sooner had we seen a 139 sail off then the next one came along. Jo was away in the Midlands doing some essential child-care but even without her master-planning we were able to manage a simple 2-bus combo. Talking of combos, nasty soiled wrappers from a Subway meal marred an otherwise pristine and new bus and it was only 10.05.
While we were debating whether Waterloo was the busiest railway terminus (we think not) we were slowed down on Waterloo Bridge long enough to be able to take a series of photos both up and down the river offering some of the best London panoramas. The buildings at either end are quite a contrast, with the brutalist Royal National Theatre at the south end and the more classical Somerset House at the north end of the bridge. For Somerset House the seasonal ice rink will just be finishing but the Courtauld Institute will continue with round-the-year study and small art exhibitions, with lovely views from the terraces.