There’s a clear difference between visiting a place and moving there, which you can sum up purely through your own levels of motivation to do and see things.
When I moved to London in 2014, I had a pretty (I now realise) deluded idea that I’d find the time to get to do and see everything that had cemented itself firmly on my London list. Living there, I fell into a somewhat false sense of security, thinking: “Yeah, I could go to that museum on today, my day off from work – or alternatively, I could walk around my flat with no trousers on for the next six hours.”
Can you guess which option it was that usually won out?
I am spending six days in London next week and am determined to cram as much as I can into that precious amount of time. It would probably take an entire lifetime (and a heckload of money) to experience all London had to offer… but hey, I’ll have a crack at it.
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Without further ado, here is my forever changing London bucket list.
Take a photo at platform 9 3/4
I am a complete and utter Potterhead (well, for the books – not so sold on the movies) and yet I’ve never had my photo taken at Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station.
Why? Well, I don’t have an answer to that question. There’d be a line, I wouldn’t have my camera on me, or closer to the truth, I really just couldn’t be arsed.
And then I left and cursed my laziness. But not this time.
…and spend a night in a Harry Potter-themed Hotel
And the Potter-mania continues, with a night to be spent in the Wizard Chamber of the Georgian House Hotel in London. I am ridiculously excited about this and before you judge, am at least not going at it alone – I will be taking one of my equally nerdy friends along with me!
Spend a day in Richmond
While thankfully accessible by train, Richmond is a destination that requires a day trip in itself… particularly if you live over the other end of town (city?) as I once did.
Visitors to the area can wander through the beautiful park (does anyone park like the British? I think not), view the local deer FROM A SAFE AND RESPECTFUL DISTANCE and then while away a few hours drinking in a pub. Perfect way to spend a day, if you ask me.
I’m also really hoping for good weather, but the end of October… in the United Kingdom… yeah. I’m probably dreaming.
Visit the Tate Modern…
I used to walk past the Tate Modern essentially daily and I went inside ONCE, to go to a book fair. I’d like to spend at least an hour actually looking at the art.
…and the National Portrait Gallery…
This was a little more out of my way, but it was somewhere I always hoped to go. There’s something really neat about portrait art. Yet, it was just a thing that never happened. Particularly funny, as I consider myself as the type of person who likes art and culture, but there is often a suspicious absence of it from my life.
…And the British Library!
In a timely manner, the library happens to be having a Harry Potter exhibition (yep, there’s a definite theme to this trip) that starts right when I’m in town. Talk about your two birds with one stone!
Frolic through the Kew Gardens
This might end up being a competition between Kew and Richmond which Richmond will undoubtably win, but I’d love to get to the Kew Gardens as well. If it does end up happening, I pray for autumn foliage.
Go on a weird and whacky tour
London has its pick of tours and while I have indulged in them here and there, there’s still plenty on my list. I don’t know if I’ll find time to do more than one (if any) but the Loo tour and literary pub crawl would both be high contenders.
Explore every mew in sight
How good are mews? I used to think they were adorable and wander down them every chance I had… yet, I have hardly any photos of them. So, now I’m like TAKE PICTURES OF ALL THE MEWS! AND ALL THE BRIGHTLY COLOURED DOORS TO BOOT!
Do something so weird that you could probably only do it in London
Okay, so this is a rather broad category – but I really do have just the thing in mind.
And that thing happens to be an anthropomorphic taxidermy class in Islington.
I’ve combed the bloody interwebs for an equivalent in Melbourne, but there just aren’t any to be found. So, London it is.
So, there you have it! That’s my current London bucket list. If I end up crossing a few things off it, I’ll be happy. Or not – I’ll be delighted to be there, regardless!
What do you have a burning desire to see or do in the UK capital?
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