I once read that if you are bored of London, then you are bored of life. Which is completely true given the sheer number of things there is to do. Exploring London can take a lifetime and I probably will not be able to experience everything London has to offer.
Each time I have the opportunity to go to London, I make a list of things that I want to do so that it is manageable. But today, I decided to write my ultimate bucket list. You will notice that this list is not geared for first timers as it lacks a lot of the typical attractions that are associated with London. Rather this list is my version of an ideal holiday to London with a mix of touristy bits and more off the beaten track activities.
Walk from the London Eye to the Tower of London at sunrise and at sunset
The best way to discover a city in my book is to walk through the streets and interact with its inhabitants. This walk takes you through some of the sights in London and at sunrise and sunset, the city looks magical from the banks of the Thames River or from one of the many bridges along this walk.
Have a Sunday roast
Sunday roast is a tradition in England and I never quite understood how strong a tradition until I went to London. Most restaurants will serve their version of a Sunday roast but some of the best ones in my opinion is to be had either at the Blacklock in Soho or at The Orange Public House & Hotel in Pimlico. I love Sunday roast so much, that I made sure that I will be in London on a Sunday.
Go on a ride on the Thames Clipper
There is something quite magical looking at this city from the river and the Thames clipper is a differentiated way of getting from Point A to B.
Row boat on the Serpentine in Hyde Park on a nice day
I always feel like a Victorian lady when I do this activity, all I need to complete the feeling is a parasol (and the dress of course). There is something quite magical about being on a rowboat in the middle of Hyde Park.
Have a full English breakfast
I am very much a brunch person, but in London I always try to slot in a full English breakfast.Especially so if I can treat myself to breakfast at the Wolseley.
Have a luxurious afternoon tea
When I think of afternoon tea, I automatically think of the Ritz in London. I definitely need to make my way there but the idea of a dress code is a major turn off.
Dinner at Dishoom
Dishoom is by far the best Indian meal I have ever had, and I have been to India. It is slightly funny that the best Indian I had was in London, but being the case, I always make sure to have dinner at Dishoom while I am in London. They don’t take reservations, so be prepared to queue especially on the weekends.
Shopping in Covent Garden
I love Covent Garden and the shops there, so a trip to London is not complete without a visit to the Covent Garden.
Have a facial by Caroline Hirons
It is my dream that I will one day be able to have a facial with Caroline Hirons. If you have never of Caroline Hirons, she is one of, if not the most respected skin care gurus on the web.
Go to the top of Primrose Hill
The view of London from the summit of Primrose is stunning and is worth the hike.
Discover Notting Hill
I love discovering various neighbourhoods in the cities that I visit. Notting Hill though is at the top of my list of neighbourhoods to discover. It seems so dreamy in the various pictures I have seen that I simply must give it a whirl.
Discover the pretty houses and mews of London
I love exploring cities on foot, and when in London, it is one of the best ways to discover pretty little houses with colourful doors. Make sure to walk along the mews at St Luke’s where Love Actually was filmed.
Discover London at Christmas time
I grew up in Mauritius after which I moved to Australia, so I have always experienced Christmas in summer. Hence it is a lifelong wish to have a white Christmas and even a cold Christmas if I can spend it in London.
Browse and eat at the Borough Market
The Borough Market is one of the coolest markets with some really amazing stalls and food on offer. I love wandering around and tasting and eating my way through.
Watch a musical
This is a must to do when in London. If you didn’t buy a ticket in advance, then last minute tickets can be purchased at a few locations, including next to Covent Garden station.
Have drinks surrounded by locals on London’s rooftops
When I think of London in summer, I think of drinks on London’s rooftops, And is there a better way to have drinks than to be surrounded by locals?
Discover historical artefacts at the British Museum
I love historical artefacts and the British museum is the place to be to discover them.
Ride on a double decker bus
Line 19 is a must do in London. It takes you past some of the major attractions and it is a cheap way of seeing what London has to offer.
Have a drink at sunset at the Aqua Shard
I love cocktails and there is no better way to have cocktail than with a view of London. The Shard has some of the best views of London and I really want to go for a drink there, unfortunately it is on the other side of town. Never fear, it will happen one day and I will tell you all about it. Until then, if you try make sure to let me know how it was.
Go on a boat ride in little Venice
Little Venice is a Canal in London that is quite peaceful with houseboats on the banks. If you have a chance, make sure to get on a boat ride. It is a good way to travel through the city especially if you are going to Camden Market.
Have a luxurious spa treatment
I love being pampered and I love spas. London has some of the best spas in the world. I always wanted to go and get pampered but there is simply too much to do on the streets of London that I do not want to be inside.
Have dinner at some of hottest spots in London
London has some of the best restaurants in the world. Whenever I make my way there, I make it a point to try some of the hot spots of the moment. The restaurant game is cutthroat in London, so there is always something new and exciting popping up. The restaurants I want to try are Pollen Social House and Blacklock City.
So there you go, these are the things I look forward to doing when I am in London. What are your must do in London?