London Bucket List

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As I am only living in London for a year, I have decided to make a ‘Bucket List’ that I hope to work my way through and maybe (hopefully) complete by next July.

With only 12 months in this amazing city, I want to make the most of my time here and see and do so many incredible things that London has to offer.

Stick with me while I attempt to tick off everything on the list, and I’ll be popping back on here and extending the list daily as I discover new things to do.

And of course, if anyone has any suggestions or recommendations then please send them my way!

In no particular order, By the end of next year I hope to…

1. See a show on the West End

2. Watch a game at Wimbledon

3. Go to a music festival

I got to go to Lovebox Festival during the first week on my new job!

4. Cycle through Hyde Park on a Boris Bike

5. See a celebrity walking around London

So far I’ve seen Myleene Klass and Sophia Smith (blogger and ex-girlfriend of Liam Payne) in Soho, Laura Whitmore at Lovebox Festival, Alex Mytton (MiC) in The Terrace Bar, Wimbledon, and Conor Murray (Ireland rugby player) walking around Shoreditch. I aw Millie Mackintosh when I was looking through her clothing collection at London Fashion Week Festival then bumped into her boyfriend Hugo at the same event.

Little update: Seven months into living in London and I would honestly be here all day if I had to list the celebs that I’ve seen during those months. It’s been surreal! Ed Westwick, Nick Clegg, Tom Daley etc. etc.

6. Ride in an Uber

7. Visit the Tate Modern and Tate Britain

8. Visit Notting Hill and see the coloured houses

9. Have a picnic and watch the sunset over the London skyline in Primrose Hill

10. Party in Shoreditch

11. Grab food at Portobello Market, Camden Market and Borough Market

12. See Les Miserablés on the West End

The best three hours of my life, which you can read about right here.

13. Go to Brighton

Spent the August bank holiday Saturday here with my parents where we soaked up the sun and some Pimms and even found an Irish bar to watch Mayo go through to the All-Ireland Final!

14. Sail along the Thames on a boat

15. Go to the top of the Shard

Thanks to Annie and Alice for my birthday treat and helping me get further through this list!

16. Look for my future house in Chelsea

17. Take the Euro Tunnel to France

18. See 10 shows on the West End

I did it! You can read all about it here

19. Sit on Murray Mount drinking Pimms 

20. Go to a show in the Shakespeare Globe

21. Go to a rooftop bar

Aviary for the Marie Claire Verified party! Rumpus Room, The Mondrian.

22. See the London skyline from The Royal Observatory in Greenwich

23. Meet a fellow Irish person

24. Meet a member of One Direction (preferably Niall Horan)

I’ve seen Niall and Harry both live in London this year, but that doesn’t equate to meeting them, does it?

25. Visit Greenwich

26. Got to Winter Wonderland

27. Go to a movie premiere

Marvel’s Black Panther at Hammersmith Apollo – one of the most craziest experiences so far! Read about it here

28. Go to a music concert

Lewis Capaldi at Scala – have a listen! Niall Horan, o2 Academy, Brixton. Harry Styles, o2 Arena, Greenwich. Dua Lipa, Alexandra Palace, North London. Global Citizen Live, o2 Academy, Brixton. Steps (yes, really. I was even in a VIP box), o2 Arena, Greenwich. Rita Ora, o2 Academy Brixton.

29. See the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace

30. See the views from Sky Garden

31. Go to London Fashion Week

32. Visit Westminster Abbey

33. Admire the view from St Paul’s Cathedral

34. Visit the Kensington Palace and Gardens

35. Visit the Harry Potter Studios

36. Admire the views from Sky Garden

37. Row a boat on the Serpentine in Hyde Park

38. Go to Brick Lane and try some amazing food

39. Have brunch in Chelsea

40. Ride on a red double-decker bus

41. Visit the Ritz and Savoy

The Pure Beauty Awards were held at the Savoy so I was treated to a three course meal and sat at the table next to Rochelle Humes!

42. Take a touristy picture outside Buckingham Palace

43. Walk through the business area of Canary Wharf

44. Shop on Regents Street and Oxford Street at Christmas

45. Go to Piccadilly Circus when it’s dark to see the billboards

46. Visit Abbey Road and recreate the iconic Beatles picture

47. Shop (browse) at Harrods

48. Catch the tube during rush hour

49. Go to a celebrity party

The GQ Awards must count for this one! The Nasty Gal pop-up store launch, Pure Beauty Awards, OK! Beauty Awards, the BRITs after-party and hopefully more to come!

50. Meet and speak to a celebrity

There’s a few but speaking to Matt Cardle at 3am at the Sony BRITs after party was probably the weirdest moment. I did fist bump Craig David at the BRITs after party.

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