Confession: I haven’t told my work that I am moving to London. Since I haven’t even applied for my ancestry visa yet, I feel that’s fair. But it is very, VERY hard to concentrate on my work when all I can think about is my new life in London!
I want to experience as much as I can there and not waste a day. I am going to resist my natural urge to hang out in my jammies and watch my latest Netflix obsession. How can I when there is so much in London and the UK to do!
And so, inspired by “100 days of happiness”, bucket lists, and photo-a-day type projects, I am going to create a Living in London bucket list, so I can be sure I make the most out of this adventure.
My goal is to do something new from the list each day (bonus for doing more than one!)
What’s on my list?
I’ve started with touristy type items, since I haven’t been to the UK before, there are an awful lot of to add. I’m not restricting the list to just London activities – there are many day, weekend, and maybe even longer trips I hope to take. London is a great home base for traveling to Europe. I’ve also been adding things I’ve read on websites, blogs, and twitter that other travelers, expats, and locals are doing and places they’ve been going to.
I would like to come up with at least a year’s worth of things to do. Some are momentous and require some planning, while others are little things that can be done on a whim. I’m sure my list will grow when I get to London, but at least I have a place to start.
Without further ado, my must-do-a-day list (in no particular order):
- Big Ben
- London Bridge
- Piccadilly Square
- Notting Hill
- Pose in front of a red telephone box
- Westminster Abbey
- St Pauls Cathedral
- London Underground
- Try a chip buddy butty (thanks FM 😉
- London Eye
- Platform 9 ¾
- London Open Top Bus tour
- Take a river cruise on the Thames
- Go to Beigal Bake on Brick Lane
- Oxford Street
- Camden Markets
- Covent Garden
- Borough Market
- Twinning’s Tea Shop
- Have traditional afternoon tea
- Go to Lady Dinah’s Cat Cafe
- National Gallery
- British Museum
- Tate Modern
- Tate Britain Galleries
- The Guildhall
- Natural History Museum
- Visit the tombstone of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard
- Shakespeare’s Globe.
- Watch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony
- Visit the 5 Historic Royal Palaces
- Worlds oldest hat shop, Lock and Co
- Kew Gardens
- Abbey Road
- Trafalgar Square
- Walk over Tower Bridge
- Painted Hall in Greenwich
- Feed the ducks, swans and squirrels in St James Park
- Portobello Road
- Soho Noses
- Visit family in Scotland
- Visit at least two countries in Europe
- Eat Yorkshire pudding in Yorkshire
- Christmas pudding race in Covent Garden
- Good Sunday at Widows Son in Bow
- Circle line pub crawl on the 6th Feb (or the nearest Sat!)
- Row a boat in Regents Canal
- Prince Charles Cinema’s themed nights
- Food market in Greenwich
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- Ghost bus tour
- Cocktails in the OXO tower
- Highgate Cemetery
- Sherlock Holmes pub and Restaurant
- 221b Baker Street
- Have a pint at the Cheshire Cheese on Fleet St.
- Saturday brunch at the Brockley Markets
Hmmm…. looks like I’m going to have to do more research if I’m going to do a least one thing a day for a year!
And here’s where I need your help. What sights, places, events, or restaurants would you recommend I add to my London bucket list?