A Londoner’s London bucket list

Since my post entitled ‘Falling in love with London again’ I can say I have kept up with seeing London through fresh eyes again, the Spring sunshine definitely helps, as all I want to do is be out in our capital city experiencing all the latest events.  While researching all the latest happenings, trying to find out all the slightly odd and wonderful things London is about to offer us, I realised there are quite a few obvious things I have yet to do in my twenty-seven years as a Londoner. So, therefore, I have created the Londoner’s London bucket list, for those local things you just have not got around to doing yet.

{Updated August 2018}

8 things you need to add to your London bucket list

See the sunrise over central London

I have seen the sunset over the London’s landmarks a countless amount of times, but I have yet to get up super early and watch the sunrise. I am sure there are various places all over the capital that you can do this, but my two suggestions would be Primrose hill for a view of the whole city or the Millennium bridge to see the sunrise behind the iconic Tower Bridge. You will need to be an early bird (or very late to bed!) to catch the Sunrise in London though, during the summer the sun rises as early as 4.30am, if you are planning on doing this you can easily google the estimated rise of the sun for the day you are planning.
The sun rise of over the london skyline - a must for any london bucket list

Climb an Icon (the 02)

I will actually be ticking this one off at the start of April when I will be climbing the 02 with my Mum. Known as ‘Up at the 02’, on a clear day the top of the 02 will give you a panoramic view of the city with a distance of up to 15 miles away! (Can you tell I love a good view?) You can choose to climb either during the day, at sunset or at twilight but tickets for Up at the 02 need to be bought in advance

If you are a 02 mobile customer you can use 02 priority to get a 15% discount.

 

Stay in a fancy London hotel

One of those beautiful traditional hotels located around Hyde Park Corner that overlooks Hyde Park, they may be incredibly expensive but I think it would be amazing to have an unnecessary night of luxury by spending a night in one them. Pretending to be incredibly posh is optional.


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Swim in the Serpentine, Hyde Park

On the hot summer days when I was younger we would go to the Tooting Bec Lido, but this summer I really want to go to the Serpentine Lido (I have yet to convince anyone to do this with me!). For just £4.40, you can spend the day swimming in Hyde Park between the months of June and September. For those of you that are not brave enough to swim with London’s wildlife, they also have sun loungers and a cafe bar where you can spend the day.

Not staying in central London? Why not plan a day at the Hampton Lido 

 

Ride a Santander bike around London

They may now be known as Santander bikes but I will always call them Boris bikes. These bikes are situated all around various points of London and are available to for hire for however long you need during a twenty-four hour period. When you are finished you can simply drop it off at the nearest bike point to your finish point. The tubes are horrible and sweaty during summer, so I think this would be a lovely way to move around the city.
Taking a ride around London on a santander bike is a must for any london bucket list

See a Ballet at the Royal Opera House

I love the theatre so I have seen a lot of the west end theatre productions, but I have never seen a ballet and I would really love to. I have no idea if I would enjoy it, but it is just something I have always wanted to do but not got around to.

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Climb Big Ben ( The Elizabeth tower) * Please note this is currently unavailable while Big Ben in under refurbishment*


I did not know that you could do this until very recently, but you can, in fact, arrange a visit to go into Parliament to climb to the very top of Big Ben and be there when the clock chimes on the hour. However, it is quite a difficult thing to do, firstly you have to be a British resident, then you can have to email your local MP to say you would like to do it, from there you get put on a ballot which is drawn weekly. So far I have been on the ballot for four weeks and haven’t been picked, but you can stay in for as long as you want, and the more dates you are available the more chance you have of being picked. You can find the contact details of your local MP here.

The Tower bridge glass floor exhibition
This one is a new one to London’s attractions, the famous Tower Bridge now as a glass-bottomed walkway situated forty-two metres above the River Thames. From this platform, you can look down at the all the buses and people crossing the bridge and if you are lucky enough to have the perfect timing you can see the bridge being raised to let passing boats through. Tickets can be booked here.
The view of tower bridge across the thames in london

There are so many fun things to do in London and you will constantly be adding to your London Bucket list, just like I am. London is an incredible, diverse and ever-evolving city, and to me, it is one of the greatest on earth.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Sunny London
    April 9, 2016 at 8:02 am

    What an interesting list! Having only lived here three years as an American expat, I have been lucky to do most of them. If you stay at One Aldwych, right near the Waterloo Bridge, you have a better chance of catching the sunrise and can always climb back in bed after the view. I’ve reviewed the hotel on my blog and love it there. The O2 is on my list soon, so I’ll be excited to see your experience and hope it goes well. 🙂

  • Reply
    Kathi
    April 11, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Would love to see that cycle map 🙂 I’m going to London this weekend and LOVE cycling – any chance you have a route available already?

    • Reply
      Sam
      April 14, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      I still have not got round to completing it! I am so sorry, but if you are looking for somewhere to eat I really recommend Kua ina on Goodge street. If you have any other questions or need any other tips please feel free to email me! Have fun.

  • Reply
    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    June 5, 2016 at 9:47 am

    cool! I love visiting London and actually I’ve done a few of these. The last one was just over 2 weeks ago when I did the Tower bridge exhibition with the glass floor:)

  • Reply
    Vicky @ A Backpack Full of Adventures
    July 7, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I’m the same as you, I saw the sunset quite a few times (Primrose Hill really is a great place for this!) but never the sunrise. I’ve always wanted to, but I don’t think I could get up early enough!

    Up at the O2 is SO good, you’ll love it! I did it in 2014 (I was still with O2 back then, so I managed to use one of their offers) and wanted to go back up ever since. We went sometime in June, I think, and luckily the weather was nice, although a bit windy. The view is amazing!

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