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
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!
Cycle through Hyde Park on a Boris Bike
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
7. Visit the
Tate Modern and Tate Britain
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
Grab food at Portobello Market, Camden Market and Borough Market
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
17. Take the Euro Tunnel to France
See 10 shows on the West End
I did it! You can read all about it here
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.
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?
Got to Winter Wonderland
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
See the views from Sky Garden
Go to London Fashion Week
32. Visit Westminster Abbey
33. Admire the view from St Paul’s Cathedral
Visit the Kensington Palace and Gardens
35. Visit the Harry Potter Studios
Admire the views from Sky Garden
37. Row a boat on the Serpentine in Hyde Park
Go to Brick Lane and try some amazing food
Have brunch in Chelsea
Ride on a red double-decker bus
41. 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
Walk through the business area of Canary Wharf
Shop on Regents Street and Oxford Street at Christmas
Go to Piccadilly Circus when it’s dark to see the billboards
46. Visit Abbey Road and recreate the iconic Beatles picture
Shop (browse) at Harrods
Catch the tube during rush hour
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!
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.