September 11, 2019

The ultimate London bucket list

London is one of my favourite cities in the world.

I mean it probably helps that I live there. But honestly, there are so many things to see and do when visiting the capital, you’ll need weeks to fit in everything.

So visitors to London you’re in luck.

After six years in London, I’ve decided to put together this London bucket list to tick off during your trip. Some of these are familiar but others are quirky places that

Buckingham Palace

Well if you’re visiting London, you have to visit the Queen’s house – or look at the outside of it! And make sure to see the changing of the guard at least once while you’re in London.

Buckingham Palace London

In summer, parts of Buckingham Palace opens up to tourists giving visitors the opportunity to feel like a royal. You can even have tea and cake in the gardens!

Every year there’s a different display. When I last went they had Kate’s wedding dress and a replica of the wedding cake eaten at William and Kate’s wedding.

It’s definitely worth a visit.

South Bank

There’s a few things to do on the Embankment but honestly it’s a good place to just wander around.

South Bank London

You’ll see the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and if you keep walking St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern.

If you want to go on the London Eye (the view is good) then make sure to look at discount websites for good deals.

In summer, there’s a comedy festival that usually features a few familiar British comedy faces.

Afternoon tea at the Ritz

Sure, there are other afternoon tea places around but nothing beats the Ritz.

It’s actually one of the best value for money afternoon teas too. If it is showing as fully booked keep checking in the evening as some people cancel and more seats are released.

My favourite time to go is at Christmas and Father Christmas even turns up!

Read more: How I spent the festive period in the capital

Chinatown

London’s Chinatown is one of the biggest in the world and has an amazing selection of restaurants. Be sure to dry a sweet treat on dessert alley!

At the moment my favourite spots are Bubblewrap and Taiyakiya. Be sure to wash it down with a Wu Tea!

Read more: My favourite places to eat in London’s Chinatown

A concert

You have to try and see live music in London. It’s so much fun. Good venues are Brixton Academy, Shepherds Bush Empire and Koko.

If you want good value for money then there are lots of pubs in Camden that have live music. The Dublin Castle is always a good shout.

If you’re coming to London in summer then it’s worth looking into what day festivals are on in Hyde Park. I saw Bob Dylan there this summer and the tickets weren’t badly priced at all. Just don’t go to All Point’s East festival – the worst festival i’ve ever been to!

Read more: The best places to see live music in London

Climb the 02

It’s a bit of a novelty really but it is good fun and a rather good workout.

02 arena London

Make sure to try one of the sunset or sunrise walks. I got some beautiful pictures during the sunset tour and you could see for miles!

Read more: Climbing the 02 arena in London

Speedboat ride down the Thames

Skip the usual pleasure cruise down the Thames and have run zooming past some of London’s landmarks to the sound of the James Bond theme tune.

Yes that does happen. It’s so much fun!

Read more: My favourite ‘odd tourist’ experiences in London

See a show at the theatre

London theatre

Going to the theatre in London used to be pricey but now with apps such as Today Tix you can go for as little as £17.50.

There are so many good shows in London such as Hamilton, Jamie, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Lion King.

The last show I saw was Hamilton and I absolutely loved it – make sure you enter their lottery for £10 tickets!

Find good food and street art in East London

Head to Shoreditch for some of the cool street art and find the great indoor food market on Brick Lane. Shop for music in Rough Trade East and buy some cool items of clothing in Joy on Brick Lane.

Spend an afternoon in one of London’s parks

Hyde Park is probably my favourite of the capital’s Parks but Regent’s Park and Kensington Gardens are also good options.

Hampstead Heath London

If you’re open to travelling further out then Hampstead Heath is definitely worth a visit and the Pergola at the top is picture perfect.

Notting Hill and Primrose Hill

I have a love hate relationship with Notting Hill but you definitely should go. You can’t deny it’s pretty. Just watch out for all of the Instagrammers taking their outfit shots in front of doorways.

Definitely stop by Portobello Road Market and look at some of the lovely antiques.

If you’re in London during carnival season then definitely go to Notting Hill Carnival.

Skygarden

Skygarden has the cheapest view of London, but you have to book in advance. It has great views of the Thames, the Shard and other major London landmarks.

There’s a great coffee shop at the top too. It’s one of my go to places to wow friends when they come to visit.

If you’re looking for something a little more quirky then you can do yoga at the Skygarden in the morning.

Explore the capital’s Instagrammable cafes

London is home to SO many Instagrammable cafes. There’s a few Elan Cafes, Peggy Porschen and one of my favourites, Palm Vaults.

Basically, there is something pretty on every street corner and you just have to look for it.

I tend to find the best ones by actually looking on Instagram myself as it’s easier to keep up with new openings.

See a sporting event

Wimbledon centre court

London has so many sporting teams from Arsenal to Chelsea in football to the Harlequins in rugby. There’s also calendar sporting events to attend such as the London Marathon and Wimbledon.

For those who follow the blog, you’ll know how long I can talk about the joys of going to Wimbledon! And the Queue is almost as famous as the tournament.

Read more: How to see tennis matches at Wimbledon

Take the number 15 bus (preferably the old one)

I always said when I was at university that the number 15 bus had the best route.

The bus travels all the way from Tower Hill, past St Paul’s Cathedral, all the way to Trafalgar Square.

Now, it’s mainly served by an old Routemaster bus which makes it an even cuter journey. Try and get a seat at the front if you can for the best pics.

A bargain at £1.50!

Take in a museum or two

South Kensington has a vast amount of museums which makes it easy to spend the day hopping between them.

Natural History Museum London

The Natural History Museum is the most famous of them all and well worth a visit but my favourite is the Science Museum because it has a great section of space and an awesome aviation section on the top floor.

If art and design is more your thing then the V&A hold some great exhibitions on fashion etc.

So is there anything I missed on my London bucket list? Let me know! 

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