Great Bus Journeys of the World

These journeys have all been extracted as pdfs from the editions of Battersea Matters, the magazine of the Battersea Society in which they were published. You can find all editions in full on the society’s website.

I travelled on buses much as Mr Gladstone (above) did wearing a top hat, and brandishing a quill pen while recording what I saw from the windows. Be that as it may, these pieces are meant as a light-hearted guide to some of the interesting, unusual and sometimes quite boring sights you can see while travelling on a London bus. The idea was that some part of the journey was inside inside Battersea, though I don’t always stick to that.

During the time I wrote many of these pieces, much of central London was affected by the Crossrail development, and on occasion the routes were subject to complicated diversions. And of course there have been changes – some better than others, with some parts of the city looking like a perpetual building site.

And a few of the journeys are a bit different, in that buses play a very minor part in them, and in one case aren’t mentioned at all. I never claimed that I was going to be consistent.

Number 19 from Battersea Bridge (south side) to FInsbury Park. (Written by jenny Sheridan)

Number 49 from Clapham Junction to White City

Number 170 from Victorian to Roehampton Danebury Avenue

Number 35 from Clapham Junction to Shoreditch

Number 295 from Clapham Junction to Ladbroke Grove

Number 87 from Clapham Junction to Aldwych

Number 345 from South Kensington to Peckham

Number 344 from Clapham Junction to Liverpool Street

Number 319 from Sloane Square to Streatham

Number G1 from Battersea to Streatham

Number C3 from Clapham Junction to Earls Court

Number 337 from Clapham Junction to RIchmond

Number 452 from Wandsworth Town to Kensal Rise

Number 44 from VIctoria to Tooting

Number 137 from Streatham Hill to Selfridges

Number 328 from Chelsea to Golders Green

Number 11 from Chelsea to Liverpool Street

Number 24 from Pimlico to Hampstead

Number 156 from Vauxhall to Wimbledon

No RV1 from Waterloo to Aldwych

Number 14 from Putney Heath to Warren Street

Number 436 from Battersea Station to Lewisham

Number 360 from Kennington to South Kensington

Number 38 from VIctoria to Clapton Pond

No 19 from Finsbury Park Station to Battersea Bridge South Side

No 13 from Victoria to North Finchley

No 15 from Trafalgar Square to Blackwall DLR Station
(The above was written during the 2020 Lockdown and is a virtual reconstruction of the journey)

No 188 from North Greenwich to Russell Square
(Another virtual reconstruction written during 2021 lockdown)

No 52 from Victoria to Willesden

No 74 from Putney to Baker Street

No 344 revisiting the journey from Clapham Junction to Liverpool Street

No 390 from Victoria to Archway

No 76 from Waterloo to Tottenham

The Overground from Clapham Junction to Clapham Junction

A journey into darkest Kent by train and bus

Great RiverBus Journeys No. 1 from Plantation Wharf to Canary Wharf

Something completely different

A Walk Round the Worlds End Area of Chelsea