The London Bucket List!

Hayley Hopkins London, England


June 6, 2019

Have you planned out how you will be spending all your time in London, or do you need some inspiration? Whether you're looking for culture, history, or pop culture, we've compiled a list of London recommendations from both staff and past students. We're sure that in a list of 101 items, you will find some exciting activities and experiences for your time abroad! 

  1. Watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace
  2. Visit the Sky Garden and take in the views
  3. Visit the Olympic Park and go down the ArcelorMittal Orbit/slide
  4. Take a spin on the London eye
  5. Visit the final resting place of icons like Darwin & Dickens at Westminster Abbey
  6. Visit the Whispering Gallery at St.Paul's cathedral
  7. Take in the exhibits at the Victoria & Albert Museum
  8. Take a picture of the view from Trafalgar square
  9. Stroll through St. James park, while feeding pelicans & royal swans
  10. See a real Dodo bird at the Natural History Museum
  11. Take an eerie tour of Highgate Cemetery to see the resting place of Karl Marx
  12. Cycle through Hyde park
  13. Decipher the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum
  14. Walk the famous crosswalk on the cover of the Beatles album Abbey Road
  15. Take in the art and culture of the Southbank while viewing Westminster Abbey and Big Ben across the Thames
  16. Enjoy a clipper boat ride at night on the Thames back to Greenwich
  17. Embrace your inner wizard or witch at the Harry Potter Studio Tour
  18. Stroll through the London Zoo to see where the bear, Winnie the Pooh was dreamt up
  19. Experience what it means to be a “groundling” at Shakespeare’s globe theatre
  20. Try not to lose your head while drooling over the Crown jewels at the Tower of london
  21. Take in the work of artist like Salvador Dali at the Tate Modern
  22. Step back in history to WWII and visit the secret bunker where Winston Churchill would monitor the war and make commands
  23. Watch a football game at Wembley stadium
  24. Visit the home of our favourite Royals Kate & Will
  25. Walk across the clear walkway at Tower Bridge and take a selfie with the river Thames underneath you  
  26. Sip a Cuppa tea, and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea
  27. Take a spin around the iconic London eye, while taking in the views
  28. Feel the buzz of the neon lights at God’s Own Junkyard
  29. Hunt for antiques at Portobello Market on a Saturday
  30. Eat fish and chips
  31. Nibble your way through Borough Market
  32. Check out the trendy brands in Soho
  33. Stroll through the canals of Little Venice
  34. Have a rainbow bagel from Brick Street
  35. Experience a full English breakfast, black pudding and all
  36. Go back in time at the home of Henry the VIII at Hampton Court palace, lookout for Catherine Howard’s ghost!
  37. Take in the culture and beauty in Chinatown
  38. Meet the Walrus at Horniman museum
  39. Get a mix of city and country life at Mudchute farm
  40. Have a traditional Sunday roast
  41. Take a photo in a red telephone box
  42. Find the Dr. Who police call box in Earls court
  43. See a show on the West End
  44. Visit platform 9 ¾
  45. Ice skating at Somerset House
  46. Taste a curry at Brick Lane
  47. Ride a double decker bus
  48. Visit our version of Times Square: Piccadilly Circus
  49. Shop at Harrods
  50. Ride the tube
  51. Watch birds at the London Wetland Center
  52. Ride the Emirates cable car over the Thames
  53. Shop on Oxford Street
  54. Walk through the famous neighborhood of Notting Hill
  55. Stroll through Covent Garden taking in the street acts
  56. Explore the trendy Camden Market
  57. Take in the bright colours and quirky designs of Neal’s Yard
  58. Solve the ultimate mystery at the Sherlock Holmes museum
  59. Take a street art tour
  60. Get goosebumps as you walk the streets at night for the Jack the Ripper tour
  61. Watch a tennis match at Wimbledon
  62. Watch a film in an open air cinema
  63. Visit Leadenhall Market
  64. Visit the home of American founding father Benjamin Franklin
  65. Stroll through Kew Gardens
  66. Shop at Spitalfields market
  67. Explore the food trucks in Flat Iron Square
  68. Marvel at the oddities at Sir John Soane’s Museum
  69. Visit the home of psychologist Sigmund freud
  70. See the famous red deer at Richmond Park
  71. Watch a game of cricket
  72. Experience two hemispheres at once when you visit the prime meridian line in Greenwich
  73. See a film premiere at Leicester Square
  74. Enjoy an ice cream from Udderlicious
  75. Marvel at the art and creative force behind some of the Harry Potter graphic designs at the House of MinaLima
  76. Travel to the top of the Walkie Talkie to take in the sights
  77. Climb to the top of the Great Fire of London Monument
  78. Search through the shelves of Daunt Books
  79. Explore the old mail rail in Clerkenwell
  80. Dance the night away at a silent disco
  81. Attend a pop-up event in the city
  82. Take in the beauty and culture of Chinatown while trying some authentic foods
  83. Take in the beautiful decor and cosy atmosphere of Churchill’s arms pub in Notting Hill
  84. Get political and pose outside of 10 Downing Street
  85. Gram a pic at Mayfield's lavender farm 
  86. Celebrate Guy Fawkes night
  87. Dance the night away at the Rivoli ballroom
  88. Find the seven noses of Soho
  89. Discover the origins of modern medicine in Chelsea physic garden
  90. Indulge your childhood self and take a selfie with Paddington bear in Paddington station
  91. Find Superman’s weakness Kryptonite at the Natural History museum
  92. Take a step back in history and visit the Mayflower pub that overlooks where the Mayflower was moored before it sailed
  93. Visit the Broad Street water pump where medical history was made when John Snow discovered how disease is transmitted
  94. Have a pint in the same place the characters of the classic, Canterbury tales met before their pilgrimage, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
  95. Go back to childhood and play in the giant ball pit at Ballie Ballerson
  96. Play a game of darts at Flight club
  97. Take a quirky exercise class like kitten yoga or disco yoga
  98. Go for a kayak tour on the river Thames
  99. Explore the Japan Center food court in Piccadilly circus
  100.  Find the historic London Rock