My Ultimate London Bucket List

Greenwich Observatory, London

I believe life is about making the most out of every place, situation and day. My love for travelling and exploring is heavily influenced by My Ultimate Travel Bucket List, but the reality is that it is always nice (and necessary) to come back home.

They say that home is where the heart is, and my heart is in London. Back in 2011 when I first visited the British capital, I said to myself that this is where I’d live one day, and I made it my mission to move here when I was ready. And here I am, 7 years later, writing my London Bucket List from my new home in London. More than a year has passed since I moved to London and it is safe to say I have learnt to accept the commute, embrace the not-so-common sunny weather and love a good Aperol Spritz at a rooftop bar. For some reason, you end up loving all the madness.

Barbican Conservatory, London - number 9 on my London Bucket List

Sadly, I feel like many Londoners miss out on many of the wonderful things to do in London and end up being stuck in a 9-5 Monday to Friday routine only to find themselves lazing around on the weekends and starting all over again the next day. But not me. I want to feel fulfilled and get the most out of the city I live in. I want to soak up everything that is so unique to London, that makes it so different to anywhere else on the planet. I want to explore my home.

Notting Hill houses and tree blossom

So here it is, my Ultimate London Bucket List. Like I did with my Travel Bucket List, I will be crossing places off and blogging about them with our reviews, tips and recommendations.

THINGS TO SEE & DO IN LONDON

  1. Visit London Zoo after dark – ZSL Zoo Nights  CHECK!
  2. Go for a quintessentially British afternoon tea at Sketch, London  CHECK!
  3. Explore Buckingham Palace  CHECK!
  4. Join a real live movie at Secret Cinema  CHECK! (Casino Royale)
  5. Go for a run along the Southbank
  6. Eat in complete darkness at Dans le Noir? 
  7. Have a drink at Gordon’s Wine Bar (the oldest wine bar in London!)
  8. Visit the beautiful house of the Sambourne family at 18 Stafford Terrace
  9. Explore London’s tropical oasis at the Barbican Conservatory – CHECK!
  10. Go to The Crystal Maze Live Experience
  11. Be part of the live audience of a TV show
  12. Climb the Dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral
  13. Attend the Wimbledon Championships
  14. Go to a Michelin Star restaurant  CHECK! (Hakkasan Mayfair, Sketch London, Yauatcha, Pidgin)
  15. Enjoy a gig at different music venues in London – CHECK! (O2 Arena, Brixton Academy, Electric Brixton, The Garage, Printworks, Oval Space, Alexandra Palace)
  16. “Press for champagne” at Bob Bob Ricard  CHECK!
  17. See The Nutcracker ballet at the Royal Opera House  CHECK!
  18. Explore the Temperate House at Kew Gardens (world’s biggest Victorian glasshouse, recently reopened after a 5 year renovation!)  CHECK!
  19. Have burger and lobster at Burger & Lobster  CHECK!
  20. Watch the Changing of the Guard in front of Buckingham Palace – CHECK!
  21. Relax on the beach at Neverland – CHECK!
  22. Explore the Hampton Court Palace (Henry VIII’s former residence!)
  23. See the deers at Richmond Park
  24. Have an Aperol Spritz (or two) at the Aperol Big Spritz Scocial – CHECK!
  25. Go for a cocktail at Dandelyan (named the World’s Best Cocktail Bar at the 2017 Spirited Awards) – CHECK!
  26. Go a boat trip on the Thames
  27. Take a dip in a London lido
  28. Enjoy a gig at the Jazz Café Camden
  29. Go on the London Eye
  30. See the yearly “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” exhibition at the National History Museum – CHECK! (2017, 2018, 2019)
  31. Watch a play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  32. Go on a Raft Adventure at Lee Valley White Water Centre
  33. See Tower Bridge lift up
  34. Discover the story of Winston Churchill and the Second World War at The Churchill War Rooms
  35. Go to a musical in the West End CHECK! (The Lion King, Aladdin, Matilda, Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon)
  36. Watch a film in an outdoor cinema
  37. Have a drink at Aqua Shard at the top of The Shard
  38. Go on a pub crawl
  39. Go to a music festival in summer – CHECK! (Lovebox Festival)
  40. Explore the National History Museum – CHECK!
  41. Have dinner at Madison London overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral
  42. See the fireworks display on Bonfire Night
  43. Enjoy some good street food at Brick Lane Market  CHECK!
  44. Explore the antique shops at Portobello Road Market (World’s largest Antique Market!) – CHECK!
  45. See London’s skyline from Sky Garden  CHECK!
  46. Visit Karl Marx’s tomb at Highgate Cemetery
  47. Do a BBQ in a park on a hot day
  48. Get lost among the flowers at Columbia Road Flower Market – CHECK!
  49. Play mini golf at both Junkyard Golf Club and Swingers – CHECK!
  50. Visit Kensington Palace
  51. Tour the iconic 18th century Dennis Severs’ House at 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields
  52. Have the iconic Duck & Waffle at Duck & Waffle (London’s highest 24/7 restaurant)  CHECK!
  53. Wander around Kew Gardens – CHECK!
  54. Get jolly and christmassy at Winter Wonderland  CHECK!
  55. Visit BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
  56. Enjoy some great street food at Camden Market CHECK!
  57. See the Rosetta Stone and mummy collection at the British Museum CHECK!
  58. Meet the penguins at ZSL London Zoo  CHECK!
  59. Ride a bike in Hyde Park
  60. Ice-skate at the Somerset House ice rink
  61. Visit the “Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter”  CHECK!
  62. See the Crown Jewels exhibition at the Tower of London  CHECK!
  63. Be on both sides of the Prime Meridian Line in Greenwich – CHECK!
  64. Climb to the top of the O2 Arena
  65. Run the London Marathon
  66. Take a helicopter ride above London
  67. Visit Westminster Abbey
  68. Try both Doughnut Time and Crosstown Doughnuts’ amazing doughnuts  CHECK!
  69. Visit the colourful Notting Hill Carnival – CHECK!
  70. Get cold at the Belowzero Ice Bar
  71. See a theatre play at the Duke of York Theatre  CHECK! (King Lear, featuring Sir Ian McKellen)
  72. Go to a stand-up comedy show  CHECK! (Ricky Gervais)
  73. Walk along the Regent’s Canal – CHECK!
  74. Visit the HMS Belfast (C35)
  75. See the fireworks display on New Year’s Eve
  76. Attend a football match  CHECK!
  77. See the floral façade of The Churchill Arms  CHECK!

The Churchill Arms, Kensington London outside

Do you also have a home bucket list? If so, what’s on it? What other places and activities would you recommend adding to my London Bucket List?

G.


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18 comments

  1. Johnny

    I’m a Londoner born and bred and I definitely take the city for granted, especially being a traveller myself. You’ve probably put me to shame in terms of exploring London more than myself

    For recommendations, I would recommend going on the Emirates Cable car in North Greenwich, that way you’re getting an incredible view of the London skyline and you’re technically on top of the O2 arena at some point. Also for London skylines check out the New Change and Alexandria Palace, free of charge like the Sky Garden and it’ll be just a massive win.

    Johnny | The Travel Connoisseur
    http://thetravelconnoisseur.wordpress.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Woah, thank you so much for the great recommendations! I will definitely have to give them a go! 🙂

      x.

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  2. Ellie's London

    I love this list of things you want to do in London! I recently put up my summer bucket list and my London one is the one I’m working on next! (p.s – deffo go see the deer in Richmond Park – they are so cute and curious!) x

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    1. blushrougette

      Awe thank you! I will definitely check your lists out, I love it when people want to spice up their lives 🙂 And I can’t wait to see the deers, but I am also a bit afraid of them! I don’t want to make them mad 🙁

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  3. Ruth

    A beautiful blog post. I have only ever been to the busy central part of London when I visit. I think I will go and visit some of the places on your London list. xxx

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you, Ruth! London is full of hidden gems, there is always something new and exciting to explore! x

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  4. Emma

    I’ll be in London in October. I will have to cross a few of the off I think

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    1. blushrougette

      Definitely! Let me know what you think 🙂 x

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  5. Lily Richards

    This is an amazing list thank you! I’m always looking for things to do in London so this is very very helpful. Officially bookmarked x

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks so much Lily 🙂 x

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  6. Janja

    Love your lists! They are so versatile. My London bucket list includes also going to The Cauldron to mix those Harry Potter potions and also to enjoy afternoon tea on a bus driving around London.

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    1. blushrougette

      Love this! I’ve never thought you could have afternoon tea on a bus driving around London! x

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  7. Elizabeth

    London has always been on the top of my bucket list. This makes me want to go RIGHT NOW! I do think it will be our first European destination with our boys because the languge barrier will be easier than starting in a country where we don’t speak the language at all. Plus they are obsessed with Harry Potter so they would love it!

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    1. blushrougette

      I agree, London is stunning! There is always something to do and I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough! Hope you make it to the UK soon 🙂 x

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  8. Nic | https://nicbakes.blogspot.com/

    Great list of attractions to visit, I would also recommend the Museum of London that has lots to see from stone age to the present day, also it’s free to visit to 🙂

    Nic | https://nicbakes.blogspot.com/

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    1. blushrougette

      I should definitely pay a visit, sounds amazing! 🙂

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  9. Jasmine McRae

    This post kind of broke my heart as I’ve just had my relationship end where we lived in London and I’ve had to leave the city to go back to Devon! I had so many hopes for my time in London and never managed to do many at all. I hope you accomplish all of these things! I love this list, some really fabulous things on here x

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you so much Jasmine! Glad to read that you liked my London bucket list, but really sad at the same time to know you had to leave London so quickly! I’m sure you are in a completely different situation right now and there’s no doubt London will welcome you back with open arms – even if it’s just for you to try one of these things at a time 🙂 x

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