I used the anti-clockwise lane all the way round last night, and it was lovely. No bus conflict at the exit - not sure how typical that is though.
This a.m. I stayed on the road to go all the way clockwise, and it was quite a smooth experience. For those that are turning up St George's, the lane behind the bus stops looks tempting cos it cuts out two sets of lights and only introduces 1. Plenty of people using it too, which possibly reduced the number of bikes on the road and made my life a bit easier there - less of a bunfight. But still enough bikes so that I didn't stick out like a sore thumb, and no motor hassle.