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Jun '12

England and Spain Adventure, Day 4: London

Our third day in England (fourth day of travel) was Sunday, so we went to church like usual.

The unusual thing was how long and how much effort it took to get there. I remember this from when I was a BYU student in London. I took two trains to get to the stop nearest the chapel (which was actually an elementary school) and then we had about a ten minute walk from there. It took a while and cost money.

Likewise, from our hotel in southeast London, since we decided to attend the Hyde Park ward (which is kind of the main LDS hub in London), we took the bus to the tube station, then took two underground trains to the South Kensington tube stop nearest the chapel. From there, we walked through a tunnel that leads from the tube stop to the Science Museum, which is directly across the road from the Hyde Park chapel. It took over an hour and we were late to church.

We weren’t the only late ones, though. We joined a small group of people waiting in the foyer to be admitted after the passing of the sacrament ended. The chapel was full so we ended up in the very back of the overflow in the cultural hall. The bishopric had to send men back to set up more chairs for us. We joined our stroller with about ten others lining the back wall of the cultural hall. (At least we have a British brand Maclaren, so it fit right in.)

The church is being remodeled in preparation for visitors during the 2012 Olympics. They’re updating the golden steeple on top, and inside in the foyer they’ve added a Christus statue…

…and multimedia presentations like “I Am A Mormon” videos.

After church we headed across the street and spent an hour at the Science Museum. I had walked past it so many times as a BYU student but had never gone inside (and it’s free).

Then we headed down Brompton Road towards the Knightsbridge area–home of world-famous Harrods department store.

It was a lovely day for a lovely walk, and Knightsbridge is one of the more beautiful parts of London.

Harrods is famous in part because of its motto: Omnia Omnibus Ubique–“All Things for All People, Everywhere.” And once you walk into its million-square-foot space, you know they’re not exaggerating. It’s impressive.

Harrods wasn’t really our typical Sunday-type activity, but it was so close to church that we decided to stop in, take a few pictures, breathe in the expensive air, and have lunch. It was one of my favorite memories from London.

We walked through the world-famous food market. This is just one small, small part.

Harrods has 32 restaurants alone. We ate our Mother’s Day feast at the Georgian.

I wish I had snapped a picture of the buffet. It was amazing. And delicious. And expensive. But my mother-in-law was treating, so we were able to enjoy it.

They had traditional British food like Yorkshire pudding. Everything was great, but the dessert was really great. Loved the chocolate mouse pops and bread pudding with warm custard. Some of our desserts:

From Harrods we took the tube to the British Museum. It’s famous for its ancient Greek and Roman artifacts and the Rosetta Stone (below).

Wes appreciating the history.

We didn’t spend so very long at the museum because we were all a little tired. From there we walked to nearby Russell Square park so the kids could run their wiggles out. I love that London has green parks everywhere. Gardens are very important to the British. This was a nice, peaceful park for a Sunday afternoon.

We took the tube from the Russel Square station and headed home. Carissa playing with Legos in our room.

And then it was time to begin our final full day stationed in London.

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One Response to “England and Spain Adventure, Day 4: London”

  1. tara72 Says:

    Loving your trip updates! Wow, you really planned out your Sunday well. Sometimes when you’re not staying with family (like visiting mom and dad in Iowa), it’s hard to know what to do on Sunday. You guys did well.

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