London Bucket List: Things to Do in London 2017

The Ultimate 2017 London Bucket List

London Bucket List

So I’m certainly not one to sit and let life pass me by, and I started the year with a personal ‘ London Bucket List‘. Whether it be on days off, after work or quick lunchtime visits I’v been working my way through the list to see and experience everything London has to offer!

The ultimate London Bucket List.

I hope the list is useful to others visiting or living in London. I will update the post accordingly as I add, or complete items. Here goes (Drum Rolllll)In no particular order…

#1 British Museum ✓

British Museum 💙

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#2 Tate Gallery ✓

#3 National History Museum ✓

#4 Science Museum

#5 Imperial War Museum ✓

Imperial War Museum 🛩 #londonmuseum

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#6 British Library ✓

#7 Wellcome Collection ✓

#8 Saatchi Gallery ✓

#9 Big Ben ✓

#10 Westminster Abbey ✓

#11 Tower Bridge

#12 Tower of London

#13 London Eye

#14 Climb Monument

#15 St. Pauls

#16 Changing of the Guard

#17 Buckingham Palace tour ✓

#18 Kensington Palace

#19 The Globe Theatre

#20 See a West-End ✓

#21 Comedy Show ✓

#22 Royal Opera House

#23 Bike Tour ✓

#24 Thames Kayaking ✓

#25 Boat on The Thames ✓

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#26 Emirates Cable Car

#27 Up at The O2 ✓

Say cheeseee 📸 #upattheO2

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#28 Swim in a Lido

#29 London Zoo ✓

#30 Primrose Hill ✓

#31 Hampstead Heath ✓

#32 Kew Gardens

#33 Richmond Park ✓

#34 Hackney City Farm

#35 Regents Canal – Little Venice ✓

#36 Hyde Park Pedalos

#37 Leadenhall Market

#38 Camden Market ✓

Camden ✌🏻📸 #camdenlock

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#39 Borough Market ✓

#40 Malby St ✓

#41 Columbia Road Flower Market ✓

#42 Brick Lane Curry ✓

#43 Junk Yard Golf

#44 Bounce

#45 Flight Club

#46 Proud Cabaret Show

#47 Kensington Roof Gardens

#48 Notting Hill ✓

#49 Harrods ✓

#50 Henley Regatta ✓

#51 Royal Ascot ✓

#52 Polo in the Park

#53 Wimbledon Tennis ✓

Before we sprayed it everywhere 🍾#henmanhill

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#54 Sketch

#55 Bob Bob Richard

#56 Lunch at The Ritz ✓

#57 Bottomless Brunch @ BungaBunga ✓

#58 Mr. Foggs Cocktails

#59 Sushi Samba ✓

#60 Burger & Lobster ✓

#61 The Ivy

#62 Sky Garden ✓

Sky Garden London

#63 Peggy Porschen Cakes ✓

#64 Champagne Brunch at The Landmark ✓

#65 The Colour Run ✓

#66 Gordons Wine Bar ✓

#67 Madison’s Rooftop ✓

#68 Winter Wonderland ✓

#69 Greenwich Observatory

#70 The V&A

Sightseeing Saturday ☀️👌🏻

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So there we have my ‘ work in progress’ bucket list.

I’d love to hear you thoughts and suggestions in the comments…

Looking for more info on London. Check out my post for weekend itineraries,  cheap date night ideas or the best round up of free fitness classes.

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Things to Do in London: A Weekend Itinerary

Things to do this weekend in London

So you have just 48hrs in London and want to get the most out of the time.

Here is my sample itinerary to snap the tourist hot spots and have fun weekend:

Day One:

I’m a big fan of running – why not take a morning run or stroll along the Thames. Alternatively take a cycle tour for a fun way to see all of the top sights. I took my sister on a cycle tour with BrakeAway Bike Tours, even though neither of us had cycled in years – it was super easy and fun!

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Lunch? As much as I adore Borough Market, for something a little different head to the nearby Maltby Street Market.

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Take a walk through Regents St and Oxford St, and visit the British Museum (its free!). 

 

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Stroll to Covent garden, make sure you snap a photo in colourful Neals Yard! Indulge in an ice cream from Milk Train, were they wrap the cone in candyfloss.

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In the evening, I suggest grabbing some last minute tickets for a theatre show! I’v been to see Wicked and Matilda both of which I enjoyed. I love the Today Tix app for buying last minute theatre tickets  (P.S. use my refferal link for £10 off, and I also get £10 credit).

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Day Two:

Start your day with a morning stroll from Little Venice along Regents Canal, which is lined with colourful boats.

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Ending in Camden, explore the busy market and pick up some breakfast. Cereal Killer Cafe boasts an impressive list of over a hundred cereals, and you can even opt for a cereal cocktail.

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Camden is home to quirky pop up stalls and the side streets are scattered with street art.

Walk along to Primrose Hill, this affluent area is home to quaint coffee shops and beer gardens. Passing through Primrose Hill, continue on to Regents Park. Why not visit London Zoo, or hire a pedalos on the Boating Lake!

Head to a rooftop bar or restaurant for amazing city views. Check out this roundup of London’s best rooftop bars. Alternatively prebook tickets for the Sky Garden.

Sky Garden London

In the evening cosy up in Gordons ,London’s oldest wine bar, with a bottle of red and some Charcuterie.

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Still looking for something to do? Check out my guide to the best girly weekend in London, or cheap date night ideas.

I’v also created my Ultimate London Bucket List!

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London on a Budget: Top Things To Do For Free

Things to do for free in London this week

Looking for something free to do in London? You’re in the right place!

Free Things to Do in London

London can be an expensive city, but also offers a huge selection of activities for free.

“The best things in life are free. The second best things are very, very expensive.”

Coco Chanel.

Here is my round up of the best things to do for free in London:

Museums

Museums are your new best friend.  London has an abundance of museums to keep you entertained.  My top picks:

Imperial War Museum

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Natural History Museum

V&A

British Museum   

British Museum 💙

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Parks

Walk around the parks, or rent a Boris Bike! Pack up a picnic, grab some friends and enjoy brave the British Weather!

Regents Park is my favourite! Amazing views from the top of Primrose Hill, and the beautiful Queen Mary’s Rose Garden. Nestled amongst the park, is an Open Air Theatre and London Zoo – you can even get a sneak peak at the Giraffes.

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Try Hyde Park for a central location, they even host free events throughout summer.

Head to Green Park for views of Buckingham Palace, and take a stroll along The Mall to Trafalgar Square or onto Big Ben.

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Escape the city and head North to Hampstead Heath, you won’t regret it. If your feeling adventurous you could even brave one of the swimming ponds, or opt for the more inviting Lido. 

Window Shopping

Willpower at the ready… London has some fabulous stores you must visit.

No London trip would be complete without visiting Harrods & Selfridges. Fortnum and Mason is an English icon – make sure you’re outside as the clock chimes on the hour to see Fortnum & Mason!

Explore Instagram hot spot, Notting Hill! Wander the colourful streets, shop at Portobello Market, check out the Biscuiteer & stop by The Churchill Arms for a drink.

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Camden Market is food heaven, I recommend a walk along Regents Canal to Little Venice. You could even jump on the Waterbus if you have some cash to spare.

Check out the Street Art in Shoreditch

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Soak up the atmosphere around Covent Garden, and stop by Neal’s Yard.

If your in town on a Sunday check out Columbia Road Flower Market.

All of the colours 💐🌸#columbiaroadflowermarket

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Why not skip on The View for The Shard, and opt for the free Sky Garden. Booking is essential and tickets are released two week ahead.

Sky Garden London

 

Walking Tours

What better way to tick off the top London sights than with a free walking tour. I can highly recommend Sandmans tours, this 2.5hr tour includes landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace & Trafalgar Square.

(Although the tour is free, tips are highly encouraged as the tour guides earning are solely through tips)

Hopefully this will inspire you to explore London without spending a penny!

Still searching for ideas, check out my girls weekend or my for a round up of cheap date night ideas.

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Things to Do for FREE

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