Conquering London : Bucket List Update

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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.

St Pauls

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.

sky garden views

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.

Choccywoocy hot chocolate

 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
July 8, 2017
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  • Sounds like an excellent time! I have always wanted to visit London, and it is good to know all of the good things to do there.

  • Sounds like a fun trip! I’ve always wanted to visit London and this post just got me jealous. LOL! I wish we could visit London in the near future!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Cecilia C. Cannon

    I am so mad! I just got back from london and didn’t do a few of the things on this list. oh well, guess I have to go back.

  • Cassie Liz

    I love all the things on your list and I haven’t done any of them the 3 times I visited London! I am hoping to get back there one day! Although the strangest thing – I had massive anxiety the entire time I was there by the amount of people. I’ve been to New York and not felt the same way! Wonder if it’ll still be there next time I visit.

  • Robin Rue

    An art tour sounds so cool. I have never been to London, but my husband was there a long time ago (before me) and did a Jack the Ripper tour that he loved. To this day he talks about it all the time.

  • I’ll be in London later this year, I can’t wait! Been 18 months since our last trip. I haven’t really started planning our itinerary yet but this has me eager to start!

  • It would be nice to explore London and go to places that are recommended by the locals, like you! There’s so much to experience there and I love that you can stop by Choccywoccydoodah after touring most of the places!

  • Aw I have been on a street art tour and it is so much fun. I would love to go to London Dungeons again x

  • Journa Ramirez

    London.. Been hearing lots of lovely comments about this place. I wanna go there but I still don’t know when. Soon.. hopefully!

  • I loved your list. Some I have done as a tourist but others, not so much. Fares to London from the US are going down, so I may be on my way sooner than I thought!

  • I love the idea of a bucket list for your city. It’s so easy to forget to do the touristy things or to check out favorite spots. This is a great way to force yourself to do it.

  • Love your bucket list! These are some cool places to see in your city! I would love to check it out someday!

  • redheadmomblog

    I’ve never been to London before, but would love to visit these places some day. Seems like some great memories could be made in these places.

  • As if I need more stuff to do in London, lol. London is at the top of my must visit list and this just gives me more reasons why it should be there.

  • Bonnie Laura

    I really want to go to London one day! Thanks for all the ideas, I will make sure to add these to my list 🙂

  • Someday I will visit London with my hubby. Now that one of our son’s are in college, and the other soon to follow, hubby and I plan on traveling more often. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    Wow! So gorgeous. I would love to visit London at some point. It has always been one of the items on my bucket list!

  • Brittany Muddamalle

    This place has always been on my bucket list!@ I am dying to go there with the family and see everything it has to offer. It’s such a magical place.

  • It seems like you got to tick off many thing of your list! I also want to go to Sky Garden, Sketch and river cruise along Thames. Great list there are so many cool things to do in London I need to check out!

  • Angela Milnes

    oh my gosh I have never heard of Choccywoccydoodah but I so want to go there now!

  • Rachel Catherine

    I love London so much! I’ve been there twice but both were really short trips unfortunately. I’d love to go back some day.

  • Ickle Pickle

    I love visiting London – this is an awesome bucket list! I hope you get to do them all. Kaz

  • Laura Dove

    We did the sky garden last easter, it was amazing!! Such a view!

  • This is a great list! You definitely need to visit the Tower of London though!

  • You’ve done some really fun things. I would love to do half of these but my two children make it impossible at the moment!

  • Louise Smith

    I would love to see School of Rock. Mainly because I have a bit of a crush on one of the swings in it. LOL 😉 If you ever need a blogger friend to come along with you let me know. I’d definitely come 😀

    Louise x

  • Stephanie

    I absolutely love this idea! I think I’m going to write my own list! Highly recommend the Tower Of London, it’s fab! xxx

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