Where to hop on and off our borough’s best bus.
The 46 bus is a proper star, crossing our bit of London from Lancaster Gate to St Bartholomew’s Hospital (Barts to its friends) every 9-12 minutes. For seven days a week the 46 heads through Camden from 5.22am (there’s a later start on Sundays), until roughly 11pm, making it a brilliant bus to use for all, or part, of your journey. Here are a few ideas where to stop and explore:
Warwick Avenue Station (bus stop K) is the perfect landing point for the canal and Little Venice or to tube it to Oxford Street via the Bakerloo line. In the opposite direction it’s a short stroll to the pink Bombay Takeway Club by the posh shops of Maida Vale, such as Raoul’s Deli and Sheepdrove Organic Family Butcher.
Belsize Lane (bus stop R) for the University of the Third Age at 213 Haverstock Hill which has heaps of classes from first aid to film. www.u3alondon.org.uk
Lyndhurst Road/Akenside Road (bus stop K) is handy for Henderson Court Resource Centre where there are activities daily for anyone aged 60+ from tai chi and hairdressing to chats, art and craft and exercise classes and you’re very welcome.
Heath Street/Hampstead Station (bus stop D) takes you into Flask Walk and on to Camden’s green jewel, the 320ha (nearly 800 acres) of Hampstead Heath.
Royal Free Hospital (bus stop C) saves the schlep up or down hill.
South End Green (bus stop B) takes you to Hampstead’s best local shops including that pharmacy with the ace name, House of Mistry.
Queen’s Crescent (bus stop KV) in Kentish Town is right by the brilliant Thursday and Saturday market, and a great way to carry off your treasures from Frank’s Superstore, which still only takes cash. It’s also close to Queen Crescent Community Centre, for 50+. Have you tried their £4 lunch club yet? And just a short stroll to the goats and hens at Kentish Town City Farm, open to visitors 9am-5pm every day. www.ktcityfarm.org.uk www.qcca.org.uk/our-services/older-peoples-services
Kentish Town West (bus stop KR) connects to London overground, which is handy if you want to go to Stratford (Westfield is a huge shopping centre and there’s still a less glitzy plaza at the Stratford Centre), Clapham or Richmond.
Oakley Square (bus stop H) ideal if you’ve signed up for courses at WMC – the Camden College (working men’s college in old money) www.wmcollege.ac.uk
Chenies Place (bus stop S) is a chance to look around St Pancras Old Church. In the graveyard look out for Mary Wollstonecraft’s memorial who is also known as the mother of feminism and the Hardy Tree – an ash which has grown through the piles of gravestones orderly arranged by novelist Thomas Hardy during his brief period working in London.
St Pancras International (bus stop S) is the quickest route to explore the fountains and eateries around Granary Square. If you haven’t been to King’s Cross for a while, expect big changes.
King’s Cross Station (bus stop D) and Kings Cross Road/Pentonville Road (bus stop L) are the place to join the tube network with connections to the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria and mainline trains.
Eastman Dental Hospital (bus stop HB) has to be a contender for the grandest entrance for teeth care in the world.
Gray’s Inn Road/Theobalds Road (bus stop CT) is a must stop for a lunchtime stroll along Leather Lane which from Monday-Friday is crammed with food stalls. 53 Leather Lane is the home of Age UK Camden’s charity shop, open Monday-Friday from 10.30am-4pm. The only charity shop in the area, it receives donations from local residents and nearby designers so pop in regularly for vintage finds and bric-a-brac. It also boasts a fantastic book selection thanks to donations from The Guardian and Sainsbury’s. Manager Lee Miller, who used to come to Leather Lane as a teenager with his mum for clothing and fruit says: “Time Out said we ‘are the reason to go to Leather Lane’.” In addition all the money raised at the shop goes to services run by Age UK Camden such as befriending and Great Croft Resource Centre. In November Lee and co-manager, Philomena Bracken, will be celebrating the shop’s 25 years of operations with birthday cake for past and present volunteers.