This is the second in a series of articles describing the scheduled bus routes that serve the Dragon Café in Borough. The café is a social enterprise that welcomes customers on Mondays. During the current epidemic, the café’s operation has been temporarily suspended and some of the parks, attractions and places of worship mentioned below are also closed.
When the London Passenger Transport Board took responsibility for London’s bus operations on 1st July 1933, Route 35 was an established route operating from Clapham Common to Highams Park via Shoreditch, Clapton, and Leyton. Between late 1940 and early September 1968, buses continued from Highams Park station to and from Chingford Hatch on the eastern slope of the Lea Valley. During 2002, low floor Volvo B7TL buses were phased-in and, since April 2016, Go-Ahead London Central has operated the service from their Camberwell depot. TfL recommends the route for those who relish the bustle of a traditional market, since it serves Brixton Market, Borough Market, Leadenhall Market, and Spitalfields Market / Petticoat Lane (a Sunday special). The route is one of several feeding passengers into Fenchurch Street station from where quiet, frequent train services serve most towns in south Essex. Tube services from the Elephant & Castle, London Bridge or Monument stations will take you closer to many tourist honeypots and countless popular London suburbs. In a matter of years, the extraordinarily long Elizabeth line connection at Liverpool Street will add much to Route 35’s appeal. The double-deckers already run through the night, demonstrating that this is a Twenty-First Century part of London’s transport network.