London, Day 2 (the “My Feet Hurt” edition)

We did a lot of walking today. But it was a good, full day.

After a late breakfast, we took a boat tour on the River Thames. We disembarked near the Tower of London, and chose to tour that for two hours. (Yes, it probably deserved more time.)

Then we went to find some lunch, and we happened upon a pub that is sibling to the place where we had breakfast yesterday. It was quite delicious, and the bartender/server was very nice.

Afterward we checked out some of the shops in the neighborhood, and then went to Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Ah, evensong. It was glorious. The acoustics there are very long; the sound continues for several seconds after the final cut. This choir was only men, no boys. The trebles were glorious. I regret that I did not pick up on the suggestion of the usher to sit in the choir seats to be closer to the singers. If I am able to go again, I’ll try to do that.

I’m sure that many people there did not attend for religious reasons. They have two sections of seating: the foremost for those who supposedly have some intention of participating in the service (if only by standing and sitting at the right times) and those who are there to observe the ritual as an artistic spectacle. I was glad to be present for scripture read and sung, and for prayers uttered and intoned.

After this, we made our way over to Jermyn Street near Piccadilly Circus. Jermyn Street is home to a number of excellent men’s clothiers, haberdashers, shoes stores, and the like. I was in heaven. Actually, I was late. Some had closed for the day, and before long, all of them had. I’ll have to go back tomorrow.

We then walked over to St. James Park and then to Buckingham Palace.

We wanted to go in and say “Hi” to any royals who might be there. But certain people did not seem inclined to let us in.

We made our way back to the hotel to drop off some things we had collected during the day, and then we had a bite to eat at the bar downstairs.

Time now to rest for tomorrow’s adventures.


Author: Dan Griswold

A good life is motivated by love. My loves: the Triune God, family, music, friends, parishioners, theology.

4 thoughts on “London, Day 2 (the “My Feet Hurt” edition)”

  1. Sit in the choir whenever you have the chance! Nolan and I did when we were there. ’tis memorable. Sounds like a wonderful time for both of you! Have you found the Twinings Tea shop yet? Really small, but delightful shop.

  2. I’m sorry that they wouldn’t let you into the palace. Enjoy the atmosphere tomorrow with Will and Kate’s first anniversary.

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