The Ultimate London Bucket List

Hey everyone! In case you didn’t know, I’m studied abroad in London for one month in the summer of 2017 and I was so excited, especially because it was my first time out of the country.

I’m definitely a detail orientated person and I love to plan. Last summer when my boyfriend and I went to New York, I spent weeks making a list of things to do. While we didn’t accomplish everything on that list, it was a great road map for what to do on our trip!

I thought I’d share my list from my London trip because I literally had to look at 100+ Pinterest posts to get all of these items in one place. I also added to it after my trip was over with places I had discovered that I wanted to try and places I’ve seen since on Instagram.

So if you’re a college aged person looking for the best things to do in London, this list is for you. It’s really extensive and obviously even in a month I wasn’t able to get everything done, but it’s great to have tons of options!

Last updated 1/1/19

Food:

  • Beigel Bake (cash only)
  • Cafe Helen – shawarma
  • Monty’s Deli
  • Herman ze German
  • Smack Deli
  • Pieminister
  • Fryer’s Delight
  • Temple of Seitan (vegan food)
  • The Diner
  • The Fish and Chip Shop
  • Nando’s
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen
  • Grill My Cheese
  • Club Mexicana
  • Bleecker St. Burger
  • Honest Burger (Camden Market)
  • La Tua Pasta (Borough Market)
  • Half Cup (brunch)
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Bird (Shoreditch)
  • Las Iguanas
  • Franco Manca
  • Pizza Express
  • Mabel’s Tavern
  • Bloomsbury Coffee House
  • Moreish Cafe
  • La Raclette (Camden Market)
  • Poptata (Boxpark)
  • The Mac Factory (Camden Market)
  • Fish, Wings, and Tings (Brixton)
  • Pickles Sandwich Bar
  • Franco’s Take Away
  • Ed’s Easy Diner
  • King of Falafel
  • Indigogo (Shoreditch)
  • The Cheese Bar
  • Arepazo Bros
  • Mother Clucker
  • Duck & Waffle
  • Luardos

Desserts:

  • Milk Train
  • Bread Ahead
  • Udderlicious
  • Molly Bakes
  • Nosteagia (Boxpark)
  • Wafflemeister
  • Naked Dough
  • Gelupo
  • The Sloane Brothers
  • Cereal Killer Cafe
  • Milo and Hectors
  • Blu Top
  • Bears Ice Cream
  • Dum Dum Donutterie (Brixton)
  • Rock My Bowl
  • Chin Chin Ice Cream
  • Maitre Choux
  • 3BIS Gelatateria (Borough Market)
  • Square Root Soda (Camden Market)
  • Yurica
  • Crosstown Donuts (Spitalfields)
  • Dark Sugars Cocoa House
  • Cookies and Scream

Coffee:

  • Ziferblat
  • Holborn Grind
  • Pret a Manger
  • Caffe Nero
  • Monmouth
  • Pitch Coffee
  • White Mulberries
  • Hej Coffee
  • Bean About Town
  • MUD
  • 2 Love Tea and Coffee House
  • Curators Coffee
  • TAP Coffee No. 114
  • Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
  • Black Opium Coffee

Tea:

  • Brown’s Hotel
  • Claridge’s
  • The Ritz
  • The Dorchester
  • The Savoy
  • Four Seasons Park Lane

Juice

  • Ali Baba
  • Joe and the Juice

Drinks:

  • The Social – Hip-Hop Karaoke
  • Drink, Shop, and Do
  • Gordon’s Wine Bar
  • Cider Tap
  • Cirque le Soir
  • Ballie Ballerson
  • Aqua Shard
  • Sketch

Things to do/ Places to see:

  • Do the Fulham Palace park run
  • Watch a movie at the Coronet Cinema
  • Walk The King’s Road
  • St. James Park
  • Morden Hall Park
  • Richmond Park
  • Secret Cinema
  • Camden beach
  • Walk around Southbank
  • Hampstead Heath
  • The Photographer’s Gallery
  • Parliament Hill for best views of London
  • University of Greenwich
  • St. Martin’s Window
  • Brixton Windmill
  • SkyGarden (book a few weeks in advance) – Walkie Talkie
  • Shakespeare’s Garden
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Phone Booth Dominos
  • Sugar House Studios (photo backdrop)
  • Big Ben
  • House of Parliament
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Changing of the guards
  • Victoria and Albert Museum – Knightsbridge (free)
  • St Dunstan in the East
  • Marble Arch
  • King’s Cross (Platform 9 ¾)
  • London Eye at night (book online for cheaper tix)
  • Emirates airlines
  • Shoreditch mural tour
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour ($43~)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
  • Abbey Road
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Millenium Bridge
  • Hyde Park
  • Banksy art hunt
  • Hard Rock – Go to the vault
  • Picadilly Circus (at night)

Shopping:

  • Daunt Books
  • Oxford St. – Lush, Uniqlo, H&M
  • Bond St.
  • Regent St.
  • Carnaby St.
  • Fortnum and Mason
  • Harrods
  • One New Change
  • Knightsbridge
  • St. Christopher’s Place
  • Primark
  • Oxfam (thrifting)
  • Thrift @ Camden Market
  • Selfridges

Markets:

  • Borough Market
  • Brick Lane Market (Sunday)
  • Portobello Market (Saturday)
  • Columbia Road Flower Market
  • Camden Market
  • Old Spitalfields Market
  • Greenwich Market
  • Covent Garden Market
  • Maltby Street Market
  • Borough Market
  • Brixton Village / Market
  • Leadenhall Market

London Pass:

Now, not everyone needs to read this part. My program comes with the London Pass for three days. The items below are the ones that I am interested in but there are a ton more options to choose from. You can check out their site here. The one’s listed with FT after are fast track entry attractions – which means you get to skip the line.

    • London Bridge Experience (FT)
    • Tower Bridge Exhibition (FT)
    • Tower of London (FT)
    • Kew Gardens (FT)
    • Hampton Court Palace (Ft)
    • Westminster Abbey
    • Windsor Castle
    • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
    • ArcelorMittal Orbit (London Pass Benefits: Free Entry to The Orbit & free hot drink at The Podium & Kitchen and visit the popular Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford. Browse high street to high end brands and enjoy up to 20% discount with a VIP card pick up at concierge)
    • Handel and Hendrix
    • Science Museum (3D IMAX film)
    • Wembley Stadium Tour
    • Wimbledon Tour Experience
    • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
    • The Monument (climb it?)
    • The Queen’s Gallery
    • Charles Dickens Museum
    • Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour (free G&T)
    • Curzon Chelsea, Mayfair, Soho, and Bloomsberg (free movie ticket before 5pm)
    • 15% off at Wafflemeister, Things British,
    • East India Company (free gift with 10 pound purchase)
    • Beatles Store (free gift when you spend 5 pounds)
    • Museum of London
    • Tate Modern (espresso bar, slide)
    • The British Museum
    • National Gallery (free audiobook)
    • Museum of Brands, Advertising, and Packaging
    • Chislehurst Caves
    • Pollock’s Toy Museum
    • Jewel Tower
    • London Motor Museum
    • Cartoon Museum
  • Queens Ice and Bowling (free bowling)

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