We made our way to the Christmas Shop:
After we left Harrods, we made our way to Lambeth to the Imperial War Museum. We saw a place to eat that was actually in a church. As in, we ate sandwiches where they have services.
After the museum we went to Twinings Tea Shop on the Strand. If you don't know, the shop has been owned by the same family for 250 years. Seriously, y'all...that's longer than the USA has been a country. It smelled wonderful in that shop! I bought a couple of boxes of tea for a couple of coworkers that I eat lunch with, and then I bought a big box and a smaller box for us.
As you can see in the first picture, there was a pianist practicing when we walked in. It was so nice to just sit and enjoy the music, and get away from the noise and the hustle and bustle from outside. Several people (including a couple of homeless people) were taking advantage of the solitude. While we were in there, I noticed that my bag from Twinings was torn. I took a quick inventory, and didn't think anything was missing. When we got home and I was unpacking, I realized that I had lost the small box of tea that I had bought for us. At least it was the least expensive thing!
From there, we headed to Chinatown. I had only seen a Chinatown (in DC) from the car, so I wanted to walk through it and experience it. We were going to meet our friends (the ones who took us around Surrey), but they weren't able to make it. So, we wandered around for a bit. I think I was expecting more; I was expecting it to be bigger. CH found a buffet for £4.90. The buffet was small, definitely not what we're used to. There was just a few things on a round table, but it was good. The manager/owner/maitre d' (whatever this man was!) was exceptionally nice to us.
From there, we headed to the tube to ride out to King's Cross. On the way, we saw Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, M&M's World London, and the theater where James Earl Jones & Vanessa Redgrave are acting in "Driving Miss Daisy".
The reason for our quest to King's Cross was to see the Platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter. It took us a few minutes and a bit of wandering around to find it, since it's actually outside and not in the actual station.
I also wanted to see St. Pancras Station. I wish we had gone during the day, because the building just looked amazing. We got there around 7:00 on Friday, so there were a lot of crowds and policemen. This was the only place I didn't feel real safe. We saw more policemen in that area than we had the rest of the week put together. My pictures of St. Pancras didn't turn out because of the darkness. :(
As we were leaving, CH saw this plaque in the tube station:
There were a couple of girls from the big city next to us who were on that train when the bomb went off. CH just happened to see it as we were waiting for the train.
When we were checking the map to make sure we knew where we were going, a lady asked us if we were from London. We said no, and the lady asked us how to get to a certain station. CH explained how to read the map to her, and then a young man asked how to get to another station. It just happened to be the same station we were going to, so he followed us to the train.
We got back to the area of our hotel, got some souvenirs for the boys, and then called it a night. Here are a few pictures from the day: