101 Things To Do In London

101 Things To Do In London

I’ve now lived in London for over six months and I’m one of the worst tourists ever. I use the excuse of living out in zone three as a reason for not heading in to central London and making most of my time in the city. With one year of university already passed, I’m worried I won’t ever make the most of this city. To hopefully prevent that I have created another list, this one with a whole list of London activities to choose from over the next two years. I’m not going to lie, it is very food and drink focused but I’ve tried to include a range of things to do. Some I have done (but a really long time ago) and others are things I’ve never done before, here goes…

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Markets/Shopping

Sampling Empanadas at Borough Market

Sampling Empanadas at Borough Market

✓ 1. Go to Borough Market

2. Go to Columbia Road Flower Market

✓ 3. Eat at Brixton Village Market

4. Wander through the Camden Lock Market

✓ 5. Go to Spitalfields Market

6. Go to Broadway Market

7. Shop at Foyles Flagship Store

8. Go to Chatsworth Road Market

✓ 9. Go to South Bank Christmas Market

10. Go to Portobello Market

11. Visit Maltby Street Market

Local

✓ 12. Eat at Pickle and Rye (East Sheen – because that is where I live)

13. Eat at My Babycakes (East Sheen)

14. Eat at Faanoos (East Sheen)

15. Eat and drink at ‘The Tea Cup’ (Richmond)

16. Eat at Stockholm Deli (East Sheen)

✓ 17. Get cake from Madeleine’s Cake Boutique

✓ 18. Have coffee at Artisan Coffee

Cake in Robin Craft Cafe

Cake in Robin Craft Cafe

✓ 19. Eat/drink at the Robin Craft Cafe (East Sheen)

✓ 20. Drink at a pub in Richmond by the Thames

21. Have a picnic in Richmond Park

Boat Race from Putney

Boat Race from Putney

✓ 22. Watch the annual Boat Race

The Luna Cinema was at Kew Gardens

The Luna Cinema was at Kew Gardens

✓ 23. Go to Kew Gardens

24. Visit Chiswick House

petersham nurseries

Petersham Nurseries

✓ 25. Visit Petersham Nursery (St Margrets)

Food/Drink

✓ 26. Get afternoon tea at a luxury hotel (like the Ritz)

Duck and Waffle Dinner

Dinner at Duck and Waffle

✓ 27. Dine at Duck and Waffle

Lunch at The Cat Cafe

Lunch at The Cat Cafe

✓ 28. Go to the Cat Cafe

29. Visit pop up ‘Street Feast’ in Dalston

30. Go to the Attendant

31. Drink at Radio rooftop bar

32. Drink at Frank’s Cafe (Peckham)

✓ 33. Dine at Bob Bob Ricard

An Afternoon Tea with BBbakery Bus

✓ 34. Take the Bakery Bus Tour

35. Eat at the Circus

36. Drink at the Whistling Shop (Shoreditch)

37. Drink at London Cocktail Club

38. Eat at Fat Boys Diner (Trinity Buoy Wharf)

39. Hand out at Neals Yard (Covent Garden)

40. Eat at Soho’s secret tea room

41. Eat and drink at Opium

42. Eat at Mildreds London

Eating in London: Gluten Free - Snowflake

✓ 43. Get gelato at Snowflake

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason

✓ 44. Get afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason

45. Eat and Drink at ‘The Rum Kitchen’

46. Eat and Drink at ‘The Fable Bar’

47. Eat at Little Bay (Kilburn)

48. Drink at Gordon’s Wine Bar

Dinner at Sketch

Dinner at Sketch

✓ 49. Eat at Sketch

✓ 50. Eat at La Bodeg Negra

51. Eat at Inamo

52. Eat at Archipelago

53. Eat at Beach Blanket Babylon

Activities

View from the Shard

View from the Shard

✓ 54. Go up the Shard

The Little Backpacker at the Sky Garden London

✓ 55. Visit the Sky Garden

56. Go ice skating at Somerset House

57. Watch the lights be turned on at Trafalgar Square at Christmas

58. Visit the Tower of London

59. Look around the inside of St Paul’s Cathedral

Running the London Marathon 2016

✓ 60. Cheer on the runners of the London Marathon or run instead

61. Watch Tennis at Wimbledon

62. Party at Notting Hill Carnival

63. Go street art hunting in East London

Matilda the musical

Matilda the musical

✓ 64. See a West End Musical

The Nomad Cinema in central London

The Nomad Cinema in central London

✓ 65. Go to a drive in or outdoor cinema

✓ 66. Climb the 311 steps of Monument

✓ 67. Take the Emirates Airline across the Thames

climbing over the o2 / up at the o2

✓ 68. Climb the outside of the 02 Dome

69. Complete the Monopoly Pub Crawl

✓ 70. Head up the Orbit in the Olympic Park

71. Walk around Little Venice

72. Cycle in London on a Borris Bike

73. Tour London on the number 15 bus

74. Visit St. Katherine’s Dock

75. Visit Hampton Court Palace

76. Watch something at the Globe

77. Watch a cricket match at Lords

78. Visit the Horniman Museum

79. Visit Ruislip Lido (Northwood Hills)

80. Head to Epping Forest (Loughton)

81. Visit Danson Park (Bexleyheath)

82. Head to Syon Park (Syon Lane)

T20 Cricket at the Oval

T20 Cricket at the Oval

✓ 83. Watch a game of cricket at the Oval

84. Go to Chinatown during Chinese New Year

85. Go Swimming in the Olympic Swimming Pool

86. Go look at/photograph the Battersea Power Station

Galleries/Art

87. Visit Tate and Tate Modern in one day

88. Visit the Royal Observatory in Greenwich

✓ 89. Visit the National Portrait Gallery

90. Visit the Saatchi Gallery

✓ 91. Visit the National Gallery

✓ 92. Visit the Photographers Gallery

93. Go to the Atlas Gallery

✓ 94. Visit the: When Is a Slide not a Slide? by Carsten Höller at the Southbank Centre (June-Sept 2015)

95. Visit the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)

96. Go to The British Museum

Tours/Workshops

97. Take a Photo Tour of London

98. Take an Eating London tour

99. Take a Street Art Tour & Workshop

Cocktail Masterclass at Golden Arrow Bar

Cocktail Masterclass at Golden Arrow Bar

✓ 100. Take a Cocktail Making Class

101. Take a Helicopter Tour over London

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14 Comments

  1. 18th June 2015 / 1:53 pm

    ive done 14 of these! Not bad considering I’ve only visited London 3 times, but I mainly visit to eat and drink! Haha look forward to hearing about them as you tick them off the list 🙂

    • Jodie Louise
      18th June 2015 / 3:02 pm

      Wow, you’ve doen more than me and I live here! If you have any more eat/drink ideas then let me know 🙂

  2. 18th June 2015 / 1:56 pm

    I’m always amazed at how much there is to do in London for free but, like you, I often don’t make the most of it. Your list has definitely prompted me to try and do a bit more though, especially now the nice summer evenings are here 🙂 The markets are definitely some of my favourite places in London!

    • Jodie Louise
      18th June 2015 / 3:01 pm

      I know I never seem to make the most of London which is why I thought I’d put a list together to inspire me (and others hopefully). I really must get on with visiting the markets, any tips for your fave stalls?

  3. 23rd June 2015 / 11:37 am

    I have fallen in love with your blog! How do you not have a billion followers? Your sight is so beautifully set up and your posts are fabulous! I am heading to the UK in a month to live up north, then eventually head south to London! Thanks for the inspiration and keep up the great work!!! Seriously amazing

    • Jodie Louise
      23rd June 2015 / 12:22 pm

      Thank you so much Vanessa! When you are in the UK and down south – if you someone to show you around I would be very happy to, just give me a shout 🙂

  4. 23rd June 2015 / 4:51 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this list! I have only just discovered your beautiful blog but am now following you on blog loving so hope to talk more over the coming months and watch you slowly tick off each of the things on the list! (happy to keep you company if you need some!) I must tick some of these off myself, thanks for sharing.

    • Jodie Louise
      24th June 2015 / 2:25 pm

      Thank you so much Kimberley 🙂 I’m never going to turn down company so if there is one you’re desperate to tick off, let me know.

  5. 23rd July 2015 / 12:30 pm

    I love the list! There are so many wonderful places to discover in London! I work as a gardener (London Gardening Services Ltd.) and we have to visit different clients around London and sometimes have the opportunity to visit a nice cafe or a restaurant. Thank you for the list! I love going around London and find new great places and people! 🙂

    • Jodie Louise
      27th July 2015 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks! I hope you get to experience some of these places listed 🙂

    • Jodie Louise
      17th August 2015 / 11:23 am

      Thanks Emma 🙂

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