Travelogue -- Ken and Carolyn Go To London -- 2008
April 8 -- Westminster Abbey, War Rooms/Churchill Museum


After getting the airline seating arranged (easy), we headed out around 11:30 or something like that. Went to Westminster station, and stopped at the Red Lion Inn for lunch. I misunderstood my spouse, and the inn is not a medieval inn, but the food was good (Salmon Wellington ... yuuum!).

Then we went to Westminster Abbey. The spouse made a beeline for it so fast that in the crowds it was hard to keep up. She does that (those who've been to Disneyland with us know how that works ... point her and let her go ...).

Can't take photos inside, but the outside is spectacular. The inside is also, but I don't have any photos. HINT: Spend the extra 5 pounds to take the Guided Verger Tour. Seriously. It's worth it. If for no other reason, you can see (only if you take the tour) the tomb of Edward the Confessor, but you also get HUGE amounts of details ... well worth 5 pounds.

The place is exceedingly amazing. Honestly. We were there for at least three hours. I think herself went to Elizabeth's tomb by herself (we split up while waiting for the tour and then met back up before it started), because when we saw it together she didn't cry her eyes out, as expected.

I never thought I would see the chamber with the seats for the Knights of the Order of the Bath in person. I have seen it in photos and documentaries, but ... Wow. Heraldry everywhere. Very cool and spiffy. This place is absolutely amazing and well worth taking the time to visit.

We stopped in the shop and among the various interesting things, I ended up buying my darling spouse a "thank you" present -- a silver cross with garnets and pearls on it. I gave it to her later ...

Then we took off to find the War Rooms and the Churchill Museum. Interesting. Claustrophobic, but ... I wandered through and looked. As usual, the spouse loved it. (The War Rooms are where Churchill and his staff ran the war for England for six years, underground, in a warren of tunnels, under the parliament buildings )

By the time we were done, BJ was done-in, so we wandered back home. Carolyn missed Evensong at Westminster, which was at 5, but a tradeoff had to be done if she was going to see the other museum (she was there until 5:30 or so). It is on a CD I got of the music used for the Feast of Edward the Confessor by the choir at Westminster.

We had considered trying to get to the British Musem, but by this point we were all pretty much done. Instead we wandered back to the flat for a bit.

Later we went in search of a restaurant. We didn't want to do The Queen's Head again, as we'd been there a couple times, so we went up King's Road aways. Eventually we got to Jerry's American Bar and Grill (I think that was the name). American my foot. Heh. The food was interesting, but definitely not all that American. I mean, burgers, sure ... but burgers in England are not the same as Burgers here. I'm just sayin'. They were good (bleue cheese and dill pickel? Surprisingly good ...).


Photos


Red Lion

Big Ben

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Another Church

Westminster Abbey

Another Church

Another funny sign

St. James's Park

The War Rooms

The War Rooms

The War Rooms

Phone Booth


[Continue to April 9]     [Back to April 7]     [Travelogue Main Page]