100 London places for your bucket list – Part 1

You may think you’ve seen and done it all in London, but we bet you haven’t. Not unless you’ve had an awful lot of spare time and have a fantastic imagination! For now, we shall assume that is not the case, and present you with this list of 100 London places you ought to add to your bucket list.

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London bucket list – Part 1

• Enjoy a meal in a Circus
• Fly across the Thames on the Emirates Air Line
• Shop at the same “supermarket” as the Queen – Fortnum and Mason
• Peruse the largest collection of portraits in the world, at the National Portrait Gallery
• Move on to Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers at the National Gallery
• In fact, take your pick from the biggest selection of national museums in any European city
• Watch the Thames Barrier, the world’s second largest movable flood defence, in action
• Stroll through the biggest wild seed plant bank at Kew Gardens
• Buy a bespoke suit from Saville Row, where Frank Sinatra used to get his
• Visit Europe’s largest surviving warship, H.M.S Belfast
• Indulge in some afternoon tea at William Morris’ house
• Pop down to Abbey Road and recreate THAT Beatles album cover
• Pay your respects at Karl Marx’ grave
• Visit St Paul’s, with the largest crypt in Europe
• Spend a few hours wandering around the oldest scientific zoo in the world, London Zoo
• Sleep at the British Museum. You’ll be fine, the mummies don’t really come to life at night…
• Visit the building where the Gunpowder Plot was devised
• Go to Neasden Temple, the first and largest traditional Hindu Mandir outside India
• Visit the important features of any public place on a London Loo Tour
• Take in the only NFL games played outside the USA
• Drink at the longest champagne bar in Europe, at St Pancras International
• Book on a backstage tour at the Royal Opera House
• Dine, sleep or view London from a terrific height at The Shard
• Climb up and over the roof of the O2 arena
Drink on the roof of a disused car park in Peckham
• Swim outdoors in any weather at Hampstead Heath
• Have coffee and cake in a Victorian public lavatory
• Make the trip to Stoke Newington for the trendiest car boot sale EVER
• Dance the Time Warp at Dennis Severs’ old house in Spitalfields
• Visit Charles Darwin’s former home in Bromley
• Read Shakespeare’s first folio and the Magna Carta at the British Library
• See medicine grow before your very eyes at Chelsea Physic Garden
• See the 99-inch wide Skinny House in Denmark Hill
• Add the Thin House to your collection of quirky architecture viewings
• See quagga and dodo bones at the Grant Museum (useless fact – a 7 year old Susan had to take an encyclopaedia to school to prove the quagga’s existence to a disbelieving teacher…)
• Tour St Bride’s where Samuel Pepys was baptised, and a pit of skulls and bones can still be seen
• Go mudlarking
• Explore the Fan Museum in Greenwich
• See Jeremy Bentham’s actual head
• Take a stroll under the Thames
• Have your photo taken with the Traffic Light Tree
Naked Ladies
• See how a police station fit inside a hollowed-out lamp post
• Pay a (brief!) visit to the last methane lamp in London, which can be found on Farting Lane (Carting Lane)
• Go to the Tower of London to see the largest cut and polished white diamond in the world
• Stand on the Greenwich Meridian Line
• Drink at Dickens’ local, the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich
• Womble around Wimbledon Common
• See an original, Grade II listed, red wooden telephone box in the courtyard of the Royal Academy of Arts
• Walk with the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum

We’ll be back with part 2 of our list very soon. In the meantime, let us know your favourite quirky places.

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