Bucket List

In January 2012, I took on TimeOut London’s bucket list of 101 Things to Do in London. Now this may not seem like many things to do, especially when you’ve got over 4 months to do them: that’s one activity per day, with several days off. However, when life gets busy and you remember that you actually have to do some schoolwork during your time abroad (since that is what you’re there for after all), completing this list gets harder by the day. Needless to say, I did not finish the list before I came back to the States, but I’m going to try to check many more things off the list this summer!

  1. British Museum 
  2. British Library
  3. Bruce Castle Museum
  4. Charles Dickens Museum
  5. Dennis Severs’ House
  6. Tate Modern and Tate Britain in one day
  7. Museum Road Challenge
  8. Opera at the Royal Opera House
  9. Grant Museum of Zoology
  10. Handel House Museum
  11. Horniman Museum
  12. Hunterian Museum
  13. Imperial War Museum
  14. National Gallery
  15. London’s Secret Galleries
  16. London Transport Museum
  17. Museum of London
  18. Old Operating Theatre Museum
  19. Pollock’s Toy Museum
  20. Saatchi Gallery
  21. London’s public sculptures
  22. Tower of London
  23. Museum sleepover
  24. Wellcome Collection
  25. Buckingham Palace
  26. Camden Market
  27. Dr. Johnson’s House
  28. Explore Greenwich
  29. Regent’s Canal boat ride
  30. Off-beat capital tour
  31. Houses of Parliament/Palace of Westminster
  32. Lee Valley White Water Centre
  33. Leighton House Museum
  34. Sealife London Aquarium
  35. London Eye
  36. London Wetland Centre
  37. London Zoo
  38. Sir Christopher Wren’s Fire Monument
  39. National Theatre backstage tour
  40. Thames boat ride
  41. Open-top bus tour
  42. Ride in the driver’s seat on the DLR
  43. Royal Observatory
  44. Changing of the Guard
  45. Visit Parliament Hill
  46. Shakespeare’s Globe
  47. Spend a day on the South Bank
  48. Visit famous sporting grounds
  49. Tower Bridge
  50. Call from a telephone box
  51. Throw clay at the Wheelhouse Pottery
  52. Whitechapel Bell Foundry
  53. Ride a “Boris Bike”
  54. Bunhill Fields
  55. Chelsea Physic Garden
  56. Visit one of London’s city farms
  57. Hampstead Heath
  58. Explore London on foot
  59. Visit a hidden park
  60. Visit Karl Marx’s grave at Highgate Cemetery
  61. Explore Hyde Park
  62. Stroll around Kensington Gardens
  63. Vegetate at Kew Gardens
  64. Richmond Park
  65. Breakfast in style
  66. Chow down in Chinatown
  67. Demolish a Turkish meal in Dalston
  68. Dine in an underground restaurant
  69. Drink in a speakeasy
  70. Coffee from a top barista
  71. Gordon’s Wine Bar
  72. Traditional fish and chips supper
  73. Learn to mix a proper cocktail
  74. Drink a pint in a pub
  75. Sample Cockney cuisine in Petticoat Lane Market
  76. Midnight bagel on Brick Lane
  77. Afternoon tea
  78. Wine and dine in a high-design setting
  79. Authentic Indian
  80. Attend a car-boot sale
  81. Browse London’s best record shops
  82. Davenports Magic Shop
  83. Find fresh fish at Billingsgate Market
  84. Graze in London’s food markets
  85. Pamper yourself at a London spa
  86. Unique vintage couture
  87. Buy flowers at the Columbia Road Flower Market
  88. Visit a world-famous department store
  89. Wander along Portobello Road Market
  90. Watch a West End Musical
  91. Try some off-West End theatre
  92. See a superstar DJ at Ministry of Sound
  93. Discover Cabaret
  94. Drink in a speakeasy
  95. Get into class and arthouse cinema
  96. Go to “The Gong Show” at the Comedy Store”
  97. Have a right old East End knees-up
  98. Jive at the Rivoli Ballroom
  99. Join in the fun at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern
  100. Listen to a choral evensong in a cathedral
  101. Lose yourself in live music at a famous gig

In addition to the lovely list TimeOut has made for me to complete, I have made my own personal bucket list of things that I’d like to do. Some of them might seem weird or really random, but I promise they all have a special rhyme and reason to making it on this list. Some are things I didn’t get to do last time that I wanted to, some are old or current haunts of my favorite British authors, and others just sound like fun. So here’s my list:

  1. Ride the bus across Tower Bridge
  2. Eat late night Duck and Waffle
  3. Visit Great Ormond Street Hospital
  4. Sleuth around at 221B Baker Street
  5. Search for Banksy art
  6. Buy a book from the Southbank Centre Book Market
  7. Find all the book benches for Books About Town
  8. Visit Hogarth’s House in Chiswick
  9. Go on a literary pub crawl
  10. Climb atop the O2 Arena
  11. Visit the Pillars of Hercules pub
  12. Watch an outdoor movie
  13. Go boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park
  14. Go inside Battersea Power Station
  15. Walk across the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge

There are more to come once I get there and remember all of the other things that I just HAVE to do!

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