The Anonymous Widower

Life On A 38 Bus

The 38 Bus in London, is probably the route that I use most.  I even used its sister the N38 to get to Victoria for the Gatwick Express in the middle of the night. Yesterday, I used the route twice, once to go to the Angel and the other to go to a lecture near the Royal Academy in Piccadilly. But then the Upwestbound stop is just round the corner from my house.

But I haven’t done what a Timeout journalist has and spent twenty-four hours running up and down the route from the romantic Clapton Pond to crowded Victoria. His article is here. This is a typical paragraph.

But there’s more to the London bus than keeping costs down. It’s fascinating about seeing the city from the top deck. Ever bother looking at the buildings above the shops? I’m not talking about nosing into offices and flats (though you wouldn’t believe how many people walk around naked with the curtains open) – it’s the centuries-old architecture pocked with the scars of history, with Victorian inscriptions and scraps of pre-war adverts. Glimpses of London’s former lives.

The 38 may not be one of the glamour routes, that have got a full compliment of New Buses for London, but as a working lifeline for connecting the people of Hackney to the jobs, shops and attractions of the West End, it is invaluable.

February 20, 2014 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. Speaking of viewing architecture from the upper deck and as a Hackney-dwelling 38-user too (though oddly I found your blog via a search on Enfield, which i’ve never set foot in!) there is one architectural feature that I’ve wanted to find out about for years, but annoyingly the bus has never stopped by it for me get a closer look.

    As the bus turns right at the top of Essex Road there is a Turkish community centre in a Victorian building. There’s a plaque on an upper storey with what looks like a bee hive on it. I’d love to know why it is there.

    Comment by londonarchivist | April 26, 2014 | Reply

    • That sounds like an excuse for a drink of coffee or something a tad bit stronger.

      Comment by AnonW | May 2, 2014 | Reply

  2. Well, it turns out someone did manage to get a picture and investigate!

    Comment by R | May 8, 2014 | Reply

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