Things we realised at 3am this morning, between Forest Hill and Brockley

  1. That it's actually a very long walk
  2. That there aren't very many night buses
  3. That the cliche about taxis not wanting to venture south of the river late at night still has some basis in fact
  4. That Gogis does sometimes shut

13 comments:

Monkeyboy said...

I take it alchohol was involved in this little adventure?

Anyone leapt on a train at London Bridge late at night thinking you we're going to Brockley and instead found themselves on a fast train to Orpington? Done that, bought the T-shirt, paid the cab fair.

ARSE!

Brockley Nick said...

You take it correctly.

And funny you should mention fast trains, I ended up on one to Sevenoaks only last week. Nothing to do with alcohol that time, just stupidity.

Headhunter said...

Don't you have jobs to go to? It was a school night! 3am... How irresponsible....

creepylesbo said...

How long did it take you? I was thinking of doing that walk myself.

Luke said...

Addison Lee will take you home from the West End for about £20. I use 'em all the time...

Failing that, the flurry of night buses that belt down the Lewisham Way and stop at the top of Tressillian.

Hugh said...

Have also boarded at London Bridge and felt nauseous as the train sped into deepest Kent.

The thing to remember is that just because you're on the rigght platform and the train arrives on time, it needn't be the right train.

And don't bother asking the guard where it's going - there won't be one.

Nick, did you try Babur? Still ordering in from them and haven't yet visited their restaurant.

Bea said...

Guilty as charged re Kent ...

My heart plummeted as the train from Cannon Street slowed down in London Bridge but failed to stop. A little jolly to Sevenoaks had not been part of the plan! Mind you, I got to see lots of burnt Kent countryside as it was mid-summer.

Stupid me for assuming that all trains from Cannon Street stop at London Bridge - be warned - they don't!

Brockley Nick said...

It felt like an hour approx, but I may not have been walking as efficiently as I would normally.

Monkeyboy said...

Hugh,

Never though I'd see the day when I felt sorry for a lawyer.

The drain I drunkenly stumbled on was full of bemused german tourists who couldn't quiet believe that that the train timetable didn't match up to reality at 00:05 on a Saturday morning - poor little lambs.

And night busses... used to live in Greenwich in my younger days. Got the night buss home and fell asleep. Woke up in Thamesmead at 2 in the morning, it was like a particularly bad day in beiruit.

Dom said...

When living in North london I woke near the end of the Northern line. In my drunken Stupur I decided that I may be able to walk home as it was only 40 minutes by night bus and I could just follow the bus shelters home. Someone must have changed the signs after a while as they no longer had the number of my night bus on them...Eventually I saw the bus I was upoosed to get turning down a side road. Running to catch it I had a sense of Deja vu. I was at the tube station I had vacated 4 hours previously.

b. said...

fell asleep last week (drunk - I'm a credit to my parents) on the train. luckily woke up at honor oak. It was cold so I (shamefully) ran home. didnt take long at all.

KJ said...

night bus=fright bus

"The thing to remember is that just because you're on the right platform and the train arrives on time, it needn't be the right train."

I know the pain, in my case the platform attendant nodded when asked. There were at least 20 others in the same predicament though.......

Ralph said...

Once walked back from a party in Shortlands to Wickham Road with what turned out to be my wife ... never looked back.

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