London's 10 Best Bus Routes: 100
Today was walk four of London's 10 Best Bus Routes and it was the turn of Route 100. It commenced operating in June 1989 and ran from Liverpool Street to Shadwell via Aldgate, Tower Hill and Wapping before the route was extended from Liverpool Street to Elephant & Castle via London Wall and Blackfriars Bridge in 1999.
Ellie Broughton at Londonist has described the 100 as "best for Ancient London", and it is easy to see why as you pass by St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, first mentioned in 1170 which, during the 13th century, was part of the ancient royal residence Baynard's Castle. Burnt down in the Great Fire and bombed during the Blitz, the church you see today is a reconstruction built within Wren’s walls. Further along the walk you pass by St. Paul's Cathedral, also built by Wren after the Great Fire, with construction beginning in in 1675 and finishing in 1710.
The walk then takes you roughly along the route of the old City wall, past the sites of the old City gates - Aldersgate, close to Cripplegate, Moorgate, Bishopsgate, and Aldgate. Keep an eye out if you are on the bus as you can see remnants of the old wall, especially along London Wall, though it is much easier to see by foot.
Once you exit the City you will pass by the Tower of London, which was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England, before heading onto the cobbled streets of Wapping to where the route ends at Shadwell.
Distance: 6 miles.