Today is another day of strikes on the railway. This means that other modes of transport are likely to be busy too. We have planned a low-key day.
We started with our usual visit to the deli for coffee. We also bought a little something for lunch. (More about that later.)
Aboard the 19
We then went to Rosebery Avenue and boarded a 19 bus which was crowded.
Somewhere in Battersea
After what seemed a long, slow journey, we left the bus south of the Thames in Battersea.
Photo by Tigger
We crossed the road to a cafe called BG and had coffee.
Looking towards Battersea Bridge
Looking towards Albert Bridge
We then went to sit beside the Thames where I took the above photos, the first looking west and the second, east.
Quiche for lunch
Photo by Tigger
We ate our lunch, a slice of quiche each, sitting on a bench beside the Thames.
From our bench, we had several ways to return home. I chose the one that involved crossing Albert Bridge. On the way we passed Ransome’s Dock, once a busy trading dock, now turned over to residential accommodation.
Approaching Albert Bridge
Albert Bridge, completed in 1873, is one of the prettier Thames Bridges. It has a delicate look to it. In fact, it turned out to be a little too delicate and in 1884-7 had to be strengthened, the work being undertaken by Sir Joseph Bazalgette. More strengthening was done in 1973 by the Greater London Council.
Crossing Albert Bridge-
These remedial works must have successful because the bridge is still in service carrying two-way traffic, as well as pedestrians, across the river. Today it is a Grade II listed building.
Distant view of Chelsea Bridge
Looking downstream, there is not another bridge for quite some distance, as you can see in the above photo. The next bridge downstream is Chelsea Bridge.
The 170 arrives
The bridge carried us to the north bank of the Thames in Cremorne Road. Here we waited for the single-deck 170 bus that would take us to Victoria Station.
The bus was crowded and we had to stand but it did its job and carried us to Victoria Station.
Rather than start back straight away, we went round the corner for coffee. I grabbed a quick snap of “Little Ben” on the way.
Black Sheep Coffee
Tigger led us to a branch of Black Sheep Coffee that she knew was here. I suspect she knows the location of every branch of Black Sheep!
Outside Black Sheep
We sat at a table on the pavement in front of Black Sheep. The scenery was hardly entrancing but we did not stay long.
We intended to catch a number 38 bus back to the Angel but when we reached the stand, we found it empty. This was very unusual as there are usually two or three buses waiting here. The reason for the delay was some protest procession or other that was blocking the road. Once it had passed, the buses came in. This is the terminus of the route and the driver is supposed to have a rest period before starting again but because of the delay, the bus went out more or less immediately.
Aboard the 38
We sat at the back of the bus as we usually do on these buses with rear exits because that affords a quick exit on arrival at our stop. There were no more delays along the route and we arrived home in timely fashion.