We went for a walk, a bus ride and another walk. It was a day mixing fun with frustration. Here are a few photos taken along the way.
Myddelton Square Garden
We walked round Myddelton Square (failing to see any cats) and made our way to the deli…
Lloyd Baker Street
…where we grabbed a table and there drank our coffee. I took a photo of Lloyd Baker Street – note the elegantly poised bag of rubbish.
Afterwards, we walked down Amwell Street and saw that the school seems to have finally closed. It will probably be transformed into “luxury apartments”.
We reached Rosebery Avenue and waited for a number 19 bus.
On the 19
We now embarked on a longish ride to our next destination.
Duke of York’s Square
Duke of York’s Square was crowded. Some event was taking place though I know not what.
The green invaded
Even the green, which I think is the sports field of a school and is usually empty, had been invaded by people.
Camels and pyramids
There were models of woolly camels and pyramids but what part, if any, they played in all this, I do not know.
Duke of York’s HQ
now the Saatchi Gallery
We had come hoping to visit the Saatchi Gallery which we haven’t seen for a long time. However, we found a queue and tickets being shown – obviously a special exhibition requiring tickets, so we gave up on it.
The whole area was uncomfortably crowded and so we jumped on a bus again, hoping to find pleasanter surroundings further along.
The Thames at Battersea Bridge
The bus brought us the the southern end of Battersea Bridge. The view shows the Thames at low tide with Albert Bridge in the background.
Stopping only to renew acquaintance with Catherine Marr-Johnson’s flying swan sculptures, we walked east along the Thames.
We passed Ransome’s Dock and…
…approached Albert Bridge.
Entering Battersea Park
This brought us into Battersea Park.
Heron and cormorant
Photo by Tigger
From here, we spotted a heron and a cormorant perched on a pontoon floating in the river.
On top of and…
…under Chelsea Bridge
We passed by Chelsea Bridge and…
Old Battersea Power Station
…came to the old Battersea Power Station, famous in its day, and now being repurposed as a “mixed usage” site.
Black Sheep Coffee
By the time we reached this branch of Black Sheep Coffee, we were ready for a rest and refreshment. I reserved the only vacant outside table by sitting at it and Tigger went in to order.
Coffee and croissant
Tigger bought me coffee and a croissant. Note the elegant tableware: Covid has accustomed us to the use of throwaway cups and plates.
An ugly area
Unfortunately, this brought us into an ugly area where huge amounts of rebuilding are taking place. It was also unpleasantly crowded and I had but one preoccupation: to get away from the horrid place.
New tube station: Battersea Power Station
We reached a main road and a bus stop. Nearby was one of two new tube stations, so we had to take a look. This one bears the imaginative name of Battersea Power Station.
A bus – any bus
A bus came and we boarded. I didn’t care what bus it was as long as it took us away from there.
A detachment of cavalry
Photo by Tigger
The things one sees from a bus… Tigger managed to snap a detachment of cavalry trotting by. Whatever next?
Though we had caught a bus, our troubles were not quite over because as we passed the US Embassy, we ran into a demonstration, quite a well attended one with flags and banners. This slowed the traffic to less than a crawl. (What demonstration, you ask? No idea.)
Passing Lambeth Palace
We eventually made it past the demo and by the time we reached Lambeth Palace, the traffic was again running normally.
Near Elephant and Castle
Our bus rudely dumped us at Elephant and Castle, the driver saying he wasn’t going any further. We took another bus but this too stopped dead supposedly to change drivers but with no new driver in view.Tigger proposed walking to Waterloo where we could catch a bus for home.
On the way, we met a 6 foot tall spider, lurking on Waterloo Millennium Green. Fortunately, it wasn’t a real spider but a sculpture. (I’ll try to find details later.)
The bus stop under the bridge
We reached Waterloo Station and the stop under the railway bridge where our bus calls.
Aboard the 341
The 341 arrived and I could sit back and enjoy the ride back to the Angel – and a rather late lunch!
Re-edited with corrections, September 26th 2021.