London Bucket List

As of later this month, I’ll have been living here in London for five years.  Five.  That’s half of a decade.  And what have I done here in London for the last five years?  Other than work, not nearly as much as I wanted.  There are loads of things I’ve always thought ‘oh that’s cool, I should do that/go there/etc’ but in the end the daily grind gets the best of you and before you know it, the years have passed.   Five of them.

So with that in mind, I’ve come up with a bucket list of five things I want to do in London before the end of 2014.  Obviously N will be along for the ride (most of it, anyhow) so if I were him, I’d be paying close attention to this post (*wink, wink… nudge nudge*).

Photo courtesy of Visit London.  Click for original article.
Photo courtesy of Visit London. Click for original article.

1.  Explore Crystal Palace Park

Ok, there are dinosaurs here.  WHY have I not been here yet? The dinos alone should be enough reason for me to get off my backside and go to Crystal Palace Park but throw in the maze and museum and I’m sold.

I honestly don’t know why we haven’t done this already.  There’s a bus right around the corner from us that stops at the park, so it’s not as if it’s not accessible!

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2.  Visit The Geffrye Museum

I love a good museum and I love the fact that, beyond special exhibits/events, museums are free in London.  FREE.

I envision The Geffrye Museum being a lot like Locust Grove or Shaker Village back home, both of which I loved and found horribly interesting.  Might actually look at doing this one on my own next week during my week off!


3.  Have a drink at the Evans & Peel Detective Agency

Oooooh I love stuff like this.  The Evans & Peel Detective Agency is relatively new to the London scene but it’s definitely had a bit of a buzz around it, particularly as there’s role playing involved.  Noir crime/thriller films are my favourite (hello, Sunset Boulevard).  I wonder if it’s acceptable to rock up in costume?

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Photo courtesy of Visit London. Click image for full article.

4.  Go ice skating at London’s Natural History Museum

N and I went to the ice skating rink at Somerset House a few years ago and I loved it… but skating outside the NHM just has a totally different feel to it.  I’m absolutely rubbish at ice skating, but that doesn’t stop me from trying!   Definitely looking forward to doing this in the winter.


Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0
Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

5.  Picnic on Primrose Hill/visit Open Air Theatre

There’s nothing like a bit of romance–and a picnic dinner in Regent’s Park on Primrose Hill followed by taking in a show at the Open Air Theatre sounds gorgeous to me.  OAT will be showing To Kill a Mockingbird, one of my favorite books of all time, later this month.  As much as I want to go, tickets aren’t cheap and most of the performances are already sold out.  I have to say, overpriced theatre tickets are a real shame.  This one may have to wait until next season, but it’s going to happen!

So that’s my current London Bucket List for 2014.  Is there anything I’ve left out?  If you’ve got any ideas, give me a holler!


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7 thoughts on “London Bucket List

  1. I know the Open Air Theatre is expensive, but I can’t recommend it enough – I’ve seen The Importance of Being Earnest and Pride & Prejudice there and both performances were spectacular. If you’re looking for a cheaper way to enjoy theatre make sure you pay a visit to the Globe if you haven’t already – you can get tickets for as cheap as a fiver if you grab a ticket on the morning of the performance.

  2. Yes, you must go to Crystal Palace Park! I grew up in the local area so have seen the dinosaurs change a lot over the years – various states of neglect or being painted different colours – all depending on the council at the time! There’s also a maze, museum and the sphinxes and some of the remains from the actual Crystal Palace. Great place to spend a couple of hours 🙂

  3. Woahh…5 years in London! Sounds like a dream. And I totally get how work gets in the way of things you actually want to do. We returned to Calgary reluctantly after 1.5 years of travel with the intend of now discovering our ‘home’ more. Over a year later we haven’t done half as much as we wanted to. I think a concrete bucket list might be in order as well.

    1. Yeah… I’m learning if I don’t make myself get out and do stuff then I just won’t. Today we’re exploring Peckham–not on the bucket list but an area I’ve been curious about as it’s sort of up and coming but not central. Pics and post to follow!

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