Friday, 25 May 2018

6 To-Do's When You're In London

6 Picks From My London Bucket List
I've been thinking about travel lists for the longest time. I already have mainland Europe and USA notes scribbled in my notebook but before I talk about them - despite them being incredibly exciting - I want to start closer to home. 

It's been about four years since I've been to London. I've actually only visited three times but each trip was so different. My first was full of classics including The London Eye, Tower of London and a boat trip down the Thames and my latest was about living more local, exploring boroughs and taking in the surroundings. 

It's never occurred to me before that London can be quite overwhelming. It's an amazing city with so much to see and do and there's no doubt that my next trip will be different again so, in case you're planning a trip sometime soon, I wanted to share six picks from my London bucket list. 

Have A Royal Experience I'm not suggesting you jump into bed with the Queen but of course, with London housing our Royal family, there's a whole host of Royal fun to be had. Heading to Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guard is seriously underrated - Though it's not the most interesting thing you can do, it's cool to see what actually happens. Windsor Castle is a must for me and not just because of the royal wedding - It's set in the charming town of Windsor and the grounds are stunning and definitely worth the visit. If you're strolling around Big Ben, it's also worth taking a stroll to Westminster Abbey - It's not only an incredibly impressive structure but also where Kate and Wills got married. If you're not into chasing the royals around London, you could always settle for a royal nights sleep; https://www.londonservicedapartments.co.uk/locations/west-london/south-kensington/

See A Show Of course seeing a show isn't absolutely necessary but with so many out there, why wouldn't you? I've been lucky enough to see Billy Elliot and Wicked in London and though shows aren't always my cup of tea, I was blown away by both of them. It can be hard to know what shows are the best to see so here's a little guide; https://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/whats-on/theatre/top-ten-musicals

Eat Great Food Like with most cities, London is FULL of amazing places to eat. Everything from fine dining to street food is right on your doorstep and it's worth taking full advantage while you're there. A few years ago while staying in the Hub hotel, we stumbled upon Pepe, an amazing Italian street food cafe near Covent Garden. They offer take out pizza by the slice which was perfect to nibble on while walking to the tube. We stumbled upon it completely by chance so it's worth keeping your eyes peeled when you're out and about.

Portobello Market Not only is Notting Hill one of my favourite films but it's also one of my favourite areas of London and on my last trip, I couldn't resist a stroll around Portobello Market. There's everything from artisans latest creations to amazing food and drink - Not to mention the buildings which are absolutely beautiful. A very Instagrammable location if I do say so myself. 

Seek Adventure Not only is London an amazing place to sight-see and eat scones, it actually has some pretty adventurous activities to offer including speedboats on the Thames and my personal favourite, riding horses through Hyde Park. After having a cheeky read of Time Out, I've also found out that you can bungee jump off The O2 but since I chickened out of jumping off the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, I don't think I'll be signing myself up anytime soon; https://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/14-adventurous-activities-in-london-to-get-your-adrenaline-pumping

Have a Picnic I'm not entirely sure why but I've always loved the idea of having a picnic in a London park. I've no idea where to start as there a literally so many but Hyde Park and Green Park spring to mind and if it was a clear and sunny day, I'd also check out Primrose Hill. I also love those little communal gardens in the middle of houses but I'm 99% sure I couldn't just stroll into one of them. 
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Of course, there are a million and one things you can do in England's fine capital but I thought I'd pick these six from my London bucket list to share with you today. 

I'd love to know your favourite things to do London or what would be on your London bucket list if you've never been!
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