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…
See a show on the West End
I saw Les Miserablés on my second day of being in London! Read about it here.
2. Watch a game at Wimbledon
Go to a music festival
I got to go to Lovebox Festival during the first week on my new job! Read all about my time at Lovebox and what I got up to right here.
Cycle through Hyde Park on a Boris Bike
During the very short three day heatwave that struck London mid-April, my friend and I made the most of the beautiful weather and spent our Friday afternoon cycling through Hyde Park, along Pall Mall and around Buckingham Palace on rented bikes. Typically, I also got sunburnt. Irish skin.
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.
Ride in an Uber
£40 Ubers are somewhat of a norm these days when I would begrudge handing over anything more than £5 in Liverpool.
7. Visit the
Tate Modern and Tate Britain
So I have only visited the top floor of the Tate Modern, taking in the amazing views of London, and I also had a gin and tonic, but I will venture back very soon to explore the many floors of modern artwork.
Visit Notting Hill and see the coloured houses
9. Have a picnic and watch the sunset over the London skyline in Primrose Hill
Party in Shoreditch
Oktoberfest and Bounce (Ping Pong Club)
11. Grab food at Portobello Market,
Camden Market and Borough Market
I’ve had food a few times at Borough Market, only once at Camden Market and although I’ve been to Portobello Road Market twice now, I still haven’t grabbed any food.
12. Meet Boris Johnson
See Les Miserablés on the West End
The best three hours of my life, which you can read about right here.
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!
Sail along the Thames on a boat
Go to the top of the Shard
Thanks to Annie and Alice for my birthday treat and helping me get further through this list!
Look for my future house in Chelsea
I could happily spend all of my weekends at The Bluebird
18. Take the Euro Tunnel to France
See 10 shows on the West End
I did it! I’m going to write a post about all ten very soon.
20. Sit on Murray Mount drinking Pimms and eating Strawberries
21. Go to a show in the Shakespeare Globe
22. Go to a rooftop bar
Aviary for the Marie Claire Verified party! Rumpus Room, The Mondrian.
23. Have afternoon tea on the afternoon tea bus
Meet a fellow Irish person
25. 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?
Visit Greenwich, Greenwich Market, the museums and university
Got to Winter Wonderland
Also went to Winterville in Clapham
Go to a movie premiere
Marvel’s Black Panther at Hammersmith Apollo – one of the most craziest experiences so far! Read about it here
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.
See the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace
Saw this with my parents on the Friday of August Bank Holiday. The crowd was huge!
See the views from Sky Garden
Go to London Fashion Week
Twice! September and February.
33. Go to an outdoor cinema
34. Visit Westminster Abbey
35. Admire the view from St Paul’s Cathedral
Visit the Kensington Palace and Gardens
Went for a wander mid-August around Hyde Park and stumbled upon the palace and it’s gardens.
37. Visit the Harry Potter Studios
Grab a Sunday Roast at a London Pub
39. Row a boat on the Serpentine in Hyde Park
40. Visit the London Dungeons
41. Go to Brick Lane and try some amazing food
Have brunch in Chelsea
At The Bluebird and Megan’s in Fulham – both recommended on my Brunch list.
Ride on a red double-decker bus
By accident when I arrived at Vauxhall ready to get the tube to find the Victoria line wasn’t running. I ended up getting two double-decker buses and sat on the top deck viewing the city of London.
44. Have a cocktail at Mr Fogg’s
45. Visit the Ritz and
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!
Take a touristy picture outside Buckingham Palace and in front of Big Ben
Walk through the business area of Canary Wharf
Almost like a mini New York, it’s great and very quiet on weekends.
Shop on Regents Street and Oxford Street at Christmas
Go to Piccadilly Circus when it’s dark to see the billboards
One of my favourite things to do in London
50. Visit Abbey Road and recreate the iconic Beatles picture
Shop (browse) at Harrods
I bought a macaron. About the only thing I could afford.
Catch the tube during rush hour
Challenge completed. Bonus point goes to me for commuting in 30 degrees heat.
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!
54. Visit every free museum in London
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.