Hey everyone, I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend. A much better one than mine as I eagerly await my first paycheck, looking through the window at the London skyline like a dog waiting for walkies.
Roll on the 31st.
But I have tried to remain productive outside of work and compile a list of things I want to do in London. I recently told you that I was planning to do more on Instagram, using the platform’s polling feature to put two London activities in my story every week and see which one people want me to do. Two attractions that follow a similar theme, and with the list I already have, I won’t run out of things to do very soon.
An example of this is below, I have done a bunch of these and have enjoyed putting them together.
So far I have paired a few things up, and still putting a bunch of things to do in the list. For anyone from London or those that have spent time in the city, I will add the current list here and would love if you could help me think of more cool and interesting places.
The list so far (not in any kind of order) is:
Emirates Air Line cable car
Go up to London’s Sky Garden
Big Ben (warning- under construction until 2021)
See Tower Bridge lift up
Try an authentic curry in Brick Lane
Have a crispy battered fish and chips in Camden Town.
Changing the Guard ceremony in front of Buckingham Palace
Meet the Beefeaters at the Tower of London
Go sightseeing on an iconic London red bus
Visit Aldwych abandoned tube station (if open)
Soak up spectacular views of London’s skyline at The View from The Shard.
Take a boat trip on the Thames
See the Apollo 10 command capsule at the Science Museum
See Egyptian mummies and the world-famous Rosetta Stone at the British Museum
Tuck in to a pie, mash and liquor at one of London’s pie shops
Try the Chinese cuisine in London’s Chinatown restaurants
Visit Crossbones Graveyard, a graveyard for medieval prostitutes
Drink coffee in a Victorian toilet at the Attendant
Oldest prison in England (Clink Prison Museum)
Tallest bar in London/ Smallest pub in London
North London Derby
Take a tour of Wembley Stadium
See graffiti at Leake Street tunnel
Visit Karl Marx’s grave at Highgate Cemetery
Visit London’s oldest red telephone box
Walk over the famous Abbey Road pedestrian crossing
Take a Harry Potter Walking Tour
See the neon signs at Gods own Junkyard
St Pauls Cathedral
Visit Greenwich and stand on the Longitude 0 line
Visit Pudding lane (Great Fire of London) and learn more about Samuel Pepys and his diary
Find the pump that cured Cholera in Soho
Have tea in the 300 year old Twinings tea shop
Visit a Roman Temple dedicated to Mithras
The Post Office Railway
Last Tuesday Society (not sure what this is exactly but it sounds strange and intriguing)
See the oldest surviving Surgical Theater in Europe
Stay overnight in London Zoo
Banksy’s ‘Designated Graffiti Area’
Churchill War Rooms
The Traffic Light Tree
Seven noses of Soho
The Embassy of the Republic of Texas
End of current list
A lot of places already!!!
Thank you to those that have already provided suggestions, this list will keep me going for a while. But then I need to take into consideration that I will try to do most of these, and if my posts are ‘this or that’, the ones that aren’t successful will have to be done at some point too! Maybe I will do a new poll for the losing options once I have made my way through.
I am currently living really close to Borough Market and the Shard, both seen in the picture above. I have tried hard not to have too many wanders into the tourist areas before I get myself a new camera on payday and do some proper blog posts on the locations I visit. But I have been working full time anyway which has helped. So far I am happy to just have some casual wanders day and night around the local neighbourhood that is Southwark.
Despite feeling a little anxious to be moving into London’s city centre, I have felt very safe on all my walks and on public transport. One reason for this is because it is just so busy all the time, no matter the time of day. I feel safer in numbers, and despite the higher crime rates inevitable in a city of 10 million, I would much rather be around a high population if it happened and not down some dark back alley in the middle of nowhere. The constant sirens of the emergency services and sight of police everywhere is welcomed too. Not that I want there to be a new emergency every ten minutes, but knowing that they are there protecting the city.
And with that I haven’t met too many miserable people either. The common belief (particularly being from a much smaller city up north) is that everyone looks down and that London isn’t a particularly friendly city. But I have found that most people I have engaged with have been pleasant, even in the most chaotic of crowds. I am hoping this isn’t just beginners luck and it stays like this whilst I live here, I can only imagine how many people I could possibly meet on my adventures and I am really, really looking forward to getting out there and exploring properly.
The beginning of November will be when I am back in the zone.
Thank you for bearing with me over the last month or so, I haven’t blogged much since moving back to the UK but it will all be changing in a week or so. It is all about finding routine and I am settling in well and cannot wait to do some more solid full time blogging in London.
Let me know what you would like me to do, have a great weekend and see you all soon!
The websites I used for these activities are linked below.
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