England, Life in London

Scenes From A Moving London Bus (Bus 14)

September 27, 2016
London Bus 14, PinayFlyingHigh.com

London is possibly one of the best cities to live in for commuters as the city offers so many options to takeΒ you from point A to point B. While the most famous and fastest mode of transportation is of course the tube, I do have an inclination to use the London bus more.

London Bus 14, PinayFlyingHigh.com

When I visited London 5 years ago, I took a tube on my last day in the city early in the morning and I was followed by a drunk man. It scared the wits out of me so I guess that’s my main reason why I’m a bit hesitant now to take the tube. I’m also just a tad bit claustrophobic so being in a tube (specially during rush hour) makes me go crazy inside. Lastly, being in a tube triggers some sort of weird motion-sickness in me specially when it’s hot. Having read all these things, you’d wonder how I call myself a traveler no? Yea, I wonder how too.

London Bus 14, PinayFlyingHigh.com

Anyway, I love taking the London bus even if it means that it’s a longer route. I love having windows where you can see the roads that you’re going throughΒ plus, it’s also cheaper (GBP1.50 per ride) specially now that the Mayor launched this cool thing that if you take a second bus within an hour after your first bus, that second ride is for free. So it’s like a 2-for-1 deal and if you’ve been following my blog for a long time, you’d know that I’m a sucker for 2-for-1 deals. Lol.

London Bus 14, PinayFlyingHigh.com

Windows mean an opportunity to take photos and if you’re taking the London bus, do try to get the seat in front of the upper deck. It’s a lot of fun. It’s like sightseeing for such a cheap price. Hah! These photos were taken from London bus number 14, from Denmark Street to St. Mary’s Church/Putney Pier.

London Bus 14, PinayFlyingHigh.com

London Bus 14, PinayFlyingHigh.com

London Bus 14, PinayFlyingHigh.com

London Bus 14, PinayFlyingHigh.com

London is pretty, obviously. πŸ™‚

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  • Reply Trainswestcan2espano October 5, 2016 at 08:54

    My last day in London was aboard a tour double decker. Luckily the screen was up on top to shelter from the icy breeze, but an hour later it was warm and the decision came easy to sit out in the fresh air. But in between, journeys on London buses to Lambeth and Wimbledon, east and north through Regent Park and to Paddington, enable seeing the diverse architecture, which really makes London, London.
    Thanks Mi, this is such a boost to the memories, the nostalgia, the beauty, that is London.

  • Reply Stephanie September 30, 2016 at 04:04

    This takes me back to my college days when I spent two summers in London. While I LOVE New York so much, I cannot deny that London is a prettier city. That architecture and the intricate details on the buildings are just phenomenal. I hope you enjoy the city and don’t stop taking fabulous pictures!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:15

      Oh wow! Normally, someone will have only one favorite city between the two. Lol. I’m not a big fan of NYC, I just feel like it’s too hectic for me. While London is hectic as well, I do agree that it’s prettier with its architecture and all the green spaces. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Izzy September 30, 2016 at 03:01

    You really caught the dynamism of London streets! I honestly felt like I was moving around with you! Sorry to hear about your bad encounter with the guy following you, it would scare me too. I always hate reading how so many women are victimized in that way, really jars your sense of security… πŸ™

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:17

      It was a scary experience for sure and it’s a good thing I was fully aware of my surroundings then. :-/

  • Reply Kevin Wagar September 29, 2016 at 20:09

    Beautiful shots of the London street life! Thats a great way to see the city from the ground!

  • Reply Claire September 29, 2016 at 13:55

    Its easy to forget how much you miss when you take the underground, the only problem I find with the bus is trying to figure out the timetables & the routes – and the best stop to get off at! I also get stressed in traffic, but it helps if you have lots of nice things to look at along the way! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:18

      I only take the bus when I don’t need to be somewhere at a specific time. I never trust the timetables. Lol.

  • Reply Dariel September 29, 2016 at 11:31

    Looks really fun (except for the traffic jam!) and also you get to take such great photos! Didn’t really remember much about my taking the bus when I was there, only the super long walks at the tube interchanges. Am definitely going to try the buses next time I’m in town πŸ™‚

  • Reply Christina September 29, 2016 at 11:23

    I didn’t realise the bus was that cheap. I’ll definitely go on it next time I’m in London. The tube is fascinating though,,,especially when you delve into the history and mechanics of its construction.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:19

      I think the history is in the transport museum? I’m planning to go there one of these days. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Vyjay September 29, 2016 at 07:31

    The London bus is indeed iconic. I treasure a small model London Bus that was gifted by a friend. It is indeed a very thrilling experience to travel through a city in a bus and look out at the changing scenes outside. If that city happens to be London, then the experience is on a different level altogether.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:20

      Yes, London is a beautiful city to travel on a bus. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Anne September 29, 2016 at 06:52

    I’m definitely a big fan of the bus in London for the same reasons. Be warned they don’t take cash! You need to pay by contactless or Oyster card and the inspector can tell if your oysters has been swiped! I once had to have a long explanation with one! You do of course hav to put up with London traffic which can be a challenge for even a Saint but that just means you get longer to frame your shot. I can’t recall the numbers but if you need to figure out how to get around, citymapper is a great free app telling you which bus to get.

  • Reply Soraya September 29, 2016 at 05:10

    I love how you have shared a different perspective on London – from a moving bus! I also prefer traveling on a bus rather than tube because you get to see much more and appreciate your surrounding. I agree with you – I don’t like traveling the tube, especially during rush hour. What a beautiful city – I hope to see it next year
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  • Reply Samantha | There She Goes Again September 29, 2016 at 04:53

    This is such a lovely post! I actually really love bus ride (well, within reason :p) because I enjoy just zoning and out and observing the activity around me. London sounds like such an interesting place to watch from a bus!

  • Reply Natasha September 29, 2016 at 03:04

    London is so gorgeous! I would love to ride a bus through and see the sights. Thank you for sharing — gorgeous photos πŸ™‚

  • Reply Chantell - Adoration 4 Adventure September 28, 2016 at 22:29

    Looks like you are having a lovely time in your new city! These photos are just beautiful – impressive that you have taken them while riding the bus. SOrry to hear about the incident on the tube. That would freak me out too.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:22

      I definitely am having a great time here, thank you. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Desiree September 28, 2016 at 21:04

    London is quite picturesque! Great advice on choosing the upper deck of the bus for a more unique perspective of the city!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:22

      It’s just better to see everything from a higher perspective. :p

  • Reply Rosi C. September 28, 2016 at 19:52

    Great pics. I only dislike when cannot open window or window is dirty. Nice way to tour London πŸ™‚

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:23

      Oh it was annoying during summer, it was super hot and can’t open the windows. πŸ™

  • Reply Candy September 28, 2016 at 19:32

    I’ve never been to London, so these photos were so fun to look at. I love the buildings in London. It’s like I was on the bus with you πŸ™‚
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:23

      Thank you Candy, let me know if you make it to London. Would love to meet up with you. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rebecca September 28, 2016 at 19:16

    When traveling, it’s a choice between needing to get there quickly which means taking the tube. Or having time to explore. With extra time, I would definitely take a bus. London is so beautiful, every visitor should see it from a bus at some point just to take it all in.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:24

      You’re absolutely right Rebecca, I would never recommend the bus to someone who needs to be somewhere fast. Lol

  • Reply Soumya Nambiar September 28, 2016 at 18:42

    I like to mix up all kinds of modes of public transportation when I am traveling in new cities. It gives me a better sense of the city. Love all the photos. Cannot believe it was taken from a moving bus.
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  • Reply Maja | Mexatia September 28, 2016 at 18:36

    London is a very photogenic city! How long does it take from your apt to the city center, if you use buses? I don’t like underground so much also, but I think I would use it more frequently in such a big city.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:25

      That’s a good question. It takes me about 1hr 30mins to go to the city but it also depends on which part of the city I’m going to. Once I traveled by bus to go to Notting Hill and it took me about 2 hours. Lol.

  • Reply Danielle September 28, 2016 at 18:25

    Perfect timing to read this post – so pumped to get to London this weekend! It’s been ages. I’m definitely more of a subway/metro/tube gal over buses, but London is one city where I don’t mind the bus so much for these views. Somewhere on an old computer, I totally have a Ritz photo just like that.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:26

      Hahaha! Really? I guess it’s not a unique perspective of the Ritz then. :p

  • Reply Photo Cache September 28, 2016 at 17:35

    If I’m not commuting for work and only for leisure or on the weekends I would prefer the bus for the sightseeing value.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:28

      Me too but since I’m not yet working now, I’m always on the bus. Lol.

  • Reply Tanja (the Red phone box travels) September 28, 2016 at 14:02

    I actually prefer the tube:) but these photos are quite nice:) maybe I should do more bus rides in London?:)
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:28

      I just feel like even though it takes a longer time, at least I see something else from outside the window. Lol.

  • Reply Zeke September 27, 2016 at 14:14

    Always refreshing to read your posts.

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