Joe and I are in London on our way back to South Africa. We got to meet with Stephen Spencer, Director for Theological Education in the Anglican Communion, and Russell Winfield, International Development Manager for St. Mellitus College. Then it was time for some sight-seeing.
We love running as a way to see new places, so we signed up for a running tour of London with City Jogging Tours. We asked for a custom tour so we could start at our hotel (near the Anglican Communion Office) and so we could see some churches along the route. Hope Sloly, Manager of City Jogging Tours, put together a 14 km route that included some churches we hadn’t seen before as well as some iconic London sights.
Gareth was our guide. He is an avid runner and race director and puts together half- and marathon trail runs that involve orienteering. Thankfully, he didn’t just leave us alone with a compass and a trail marked with flour. He did a great job of getting us around, telling us about what we were seeing, going at our pace, and taking all the pictures in this post.
Highlights of our run/tour: Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park
The Victoria and Albert Museum, St. James Park, Green Park, Buckingham Palace, and Trafalgar Square.
The churches we visited were the Brompton Oratory, Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB; which started St. Mellitus College), and a really lovely Russian Orthodox Church tucked in a lovely neighborhood with beautiful beech trees.
A great way to see a beautiful city!