I took a trip to London today, nothing planned, so lets see where we get to.
I parked near to Hornchurch station on the District line, and proceeded towards London, stopping off at Dagenham east, Dagenham Heathway, Barking, and East Ham. Each time I exited the station, took a photograph of the external station and had a short wander around looking for old pubs that I could recognise. I got very bored with the latter, and was rather amazed at the Hindu Temple in East ham; it is beautiful. I will need to go back there and take a decent picture.
I have just renewed a site I was going to cancel, pubpics.co.uk for the purpose of airing some more interesting pictures I take this year.
After East ham, I then proceeded to West Ham, and rather than exit the station I headed for the Jubilee line, and to Canning Town. This is where my decision came that most people have little interest in what a train station looks like from the outside, most of us never even leave a train station, but often just use it as a crossing point, the last two stations are synonymous of this fact, and it is more important, to show how easy, OR not, it is to use this station if you have limited accessibility or like me, are just plain knackered!
Onwards and upwards, I exited at Canary Wharf, I was not totally sure what I was expecting, but I was half-planning a visit to the Docklands London Museum. Just for the record, I did visit the London Museum close to Farringdon station last week, which was also rather excellent.
What I did discover at Canary Wharf, and I think this is in the correct order. I was following signs for Crossrail place, and somehow found myself in Upper Thames street, wandering down this street there was a visible raised security road block where traffic was being stopped and searched. I wandered closer, and also discovered Billingsgate fish market. I had a chat with one of the security guys on this section, and was chatting to them about Crossrail, and where it actually was and whether it is accessible. It is not yet open, and is not accessible at present.
Anyway, shortly after this meeting I wandered back into Crossrail place, took the escalators to the very top floor to find a mezzanine covered area which was very tastefully decorated with many plants, shrubs and trees, etc, plus a couple of modern restaurants. I do have some pictures, but I have not moved these from my camera, so far. My son has apparently visited the restaurants, and speaks highly of them.
After this, a wander along past West India Quay station found me at the Docklands London museum, and I visited it briefly for some lunch and a wander round – it’s a brilliant museum, and all free!
After this, I retraced my steps back to Canary wharf, and took a Jubilee train along towards London Bridge. This is all random stuff, and as I did not have a watch with me (I was trying to find the time), I wandered close to a bus stop, and hey presto, a number 47 appeared heading for Shoreditch. Buses tell the time.
What does one do when such an offer becomes available, you get on the bus. Fifteen minutes later, I arrived in Shoreditch, wandered around the area looking for old pubs and then another bus towards Hackney, a wander along Hackney road and Pritchards road, and then onwards to Dalston and Kingsland High street, and so on.
I cannot remember the last station I caught a train home, but it was one stop before Hoxton (probably Haggerston), and back towards Whitechapel, District line and home again.
I should be getting a freedom pass later this year, and there will be a lot more like this.
The site I am rebuilding on accessible rail travel is my https://london17.co.uk/ site. It may be useful one day.