London is pretty much my hometown and although I live about 20-30 minutes by train away I’ve spent so much of my teenage and adult years there that it feels like home. Whenever I visit a foreign country I tend to do a lot of touristy things but last year I realized that I hadn’t done a lot of that in my own city which is why I decided to create a London bucket list.
After my initial creation about a year ago I did an update in January to see how I was getting on and to be honest I had done badly with only three of the eight marked things done. I added a few more bits on there and now I feel it’s a good time for another update.
Book onto a Street Art Tour
On Friday 24th March after almost a year of trying to organize it me and my friend went on the Shoreditch Street Art tour and I have to say it was worth the wait. Despite being a weekday the tour was fully booked and about 20 of us wandered around the area of Shoreditch for 3.5 hours’ in the search for street art and there was lots of it. The amazing tour guide Dave was so knowledgeable the whole tour gave us such a good idea of how quickly street art changes, the prominent artists and the styles used. You can read more about the tour here.
Visit the Tower of London
This is something I still haven’t managed to tick off my bucket list and I am gutted. I promise by next update at the end of the year I’ll have managed it.
Go to St Paul’s Cathedral
I managed to explore the cathedral during a planned London Day on Saturday 4th March. We headed here pretty early so it wasn’t too busy, the cathedral itself is stunning and inside the mosaic ceilings are really beautiful. Sadly we could only visit the whispering gallery and couldn’t head outside for the views due to maintenance but I’m sure I’ll head back during the summer to catch some rays on the rooftops. I wrote more about it in my post about tourist hotspots you can’t ignore.
Have afternoon tea at Sketch
Afternoon tea at Sketch would be an absolute dream come true and something I’ll definitely be ticking off my list. I mentioned it to a friend and she seemed interested so I’m thinking maybe a pre-Christmas treat.
Go to the Sky Garden
I had been so close to going to the Sky Garden quite a few times but finally on a day I planned out for my friend’s birthday in April I booked us a time slot and managed to make it. The Sky Garden is located up on a high floor of the walkie talkie building and the views across London are really pretty, not to mind that the surroundings are very pretty with plenty of greenery and flowers. There are a few cute little bars/ places you can buy snacks although we didn’t have time to stop for anything, the best thing about this is that it’s free, although booking can be a pain as slots fill up fast.
Go to the London Dungeons
I’ve wanted to go the London Dungeons for absolute ages because it’s such an iconic part of London but my jumpy scaredy-cat nature put me off, I literally jump at everything so I wasn’t sure how I’d cope. On Saturday 17th June me and my other half decided to go here on what ended up being a boiling day which wasn’t the best in the dungeons. It was really interesting as they run through things to do with Jack the Ripper, Sweeny Todd, Guy Fawkes, torture methods etc so it was interesting and I did only scream once, but I did jump and close my eyes quite a few times too. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and I am so happy that I managed to tick it off my list.
Go to Choccywoccydoodah
In February during a London day out I made a trip here first thing when it opened as it does get busy and I had the best time. Their minty hot chocolate was probably the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had, and I had a seven layer chocolate cake which was amazing even though I couldn’t eat half of it. I’ll definitely be making another trip here sometime to try out the sundaes. You can find out more about my experience here.
See School of Rock and Aladdin at the theater
I have half done this one, Aladdin I actually saw just last week and it was incredible, but at the moment I haven’t seen School of Rock again. I saw it in the States last year but have been dying to go again. I know me and my other half will go but we’re thinking probably a pre-Christmas treat when I find some good deals on tickets.
Extra things to add
- Eat at The Cheese Bar in Camden
- Do the Breaking Bad Cocktail experience
- Do an open bus tour (need to get in quick when it’s nice weather)
- Have a river cruise along the Thames
- Visit The Globe theater for a tour
- Visit the Greenwich Observatory
- Go to Chin Chin Labs in Camden