19 places Londoners said they will visit once lockdown is lifted


We’ve all been dreaming about that moment.

The moment when we can walk past someone without worrying about being two metres apart. When streets will be bustling, shops will be open and parks enjoyed by Londoners and tourists alike.

When life will return to normal once again.

We cannot stress how important it is to stick to lockdown measures, to reduce pressure on our amazing NHS staff, stop the spread of Covid-19 and in turn, save lives. Besides, the more we stay at home now, the less the virus will spread, and hopefully the quicker these testing times will be over.

In the meantime, this doesn’t mean we’re not allowed to get excited for what lies ahead.

We asked you where the first place in London is that you will visit in when this is all over.

The answers were endless, and some people couldn’t even decide, saying there are “so many lovely places I long to see”.

We’re lucky to live in such a thriving, dynamic city that we miss so dearly.

Let’s never take it for granted again.

And when this is all over, we’ll be ready to celebrate it.

Here’s all the best things you’ll be doing as soon as this is all over.

1. To see children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren



A lot of you are excited to be reunited with family and friends
A lot of you are excited to be reunited with family and friends

“I would take them out for a lovely meal, just loving been together again,” one person said.

Another added: “Lunch in the Turkish restaurant… feed the ducks & pigeons… simple pleasures but oh so sweet.”

“As long as I can see my children and give my grandchildren a hug, I really don’t care,” another read said.

Lewisham, to see my two gorgeous granddaughters,” said another.

2. And the old folks

“Mum’s nursing home, by which time she may have celebrated her 99th birthday,” one reader commented.

3. To see siblings

“Lunch with my twins… anywhere they want to go,” said one parent.

“First off family, then friends,” another stressed.

4. And the friends we miss so dearly



We've all got a lot to catch up on
We’ve all got a lot to catch up on

Whether it be “all my friends in the East End” or “Islington, my friend’s house”.

5. To get that fresh trim

One person said: “So sorry but I’m afraid it’s my hairdressers in Stanmore, as it is impossible for me to wash and blow dry my hair at my home, and then if I’m really lucky and have enough money left I will treat myself to a fry-up at my local favourite cafe there!”

6. In all places…

“My hairdresser, and my waxing saloon,” said another. Yikes.

7. To enjoy the fresh air in all of London’s amazing green spaces



Kew Gardens is a beautiful place for a walk

From Kew Gardens, Bushy Park and Battersea Park, to Holland Park, Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath – you all want a dose of Vitamin D in London’s beautiful spaces.

Some of you opted for some of the city’s amazing indoor gardens, such as the local garden centre, or “Skygarden, to finally take a deep breath of relief”.

8. Especially the Thames

“Walk along the Thames Path sit in the sunshine and enjoy a glass of wine,” said one person. “Remember all those who lost their lives to this horrific virus.”

9. To say hello to London’s wildlife



Last year, hedgehogs were thriving in the heart of the capital, despite declining in numbers elsewhere
Last year, hedgehogs were thriving in the heart of the capital, despite declining in numbers elsewhere

A few of you are looking forward to visiting our wonderful friends in the waters, whether it be on a trip to the “local fishing lake”, or a “walk along the grand union canal, lots of duckling there”.

10. To play sport

“A good game of tennis would do the trick for me,” one MyLondon reader said.

11. A spot of entertainment at one of the city’s amazing venues



Endless plays, concerts and exhibitions once again

“The Royal Academy”, “The V&A”, “a show in the West End” and “Royal Albert Hall in September”.

12. Or an educational trip

Whitechapel local history library for my family history hobby,” one person commented.

13. For a much-anticipated meal out



The atmosphere is always buzzing in China Town
The atmosphere is always buzzing in China Town

One person said: “Anywhere along the Thames within sight of good food.”

“Steak house, Leicester Square,” another added.

“A sushi place,” one reader said.

“Nandos,” another said.

Another added: “China Town!”

14. To treat yourself to some new purchases

“Oxford Street”, “the shops with my Grandchildren”, or even “a supermarket in another area” will make a change.

15. Some of us are even excited to get back to work

At “Lambeth palace” or “South Kensington for work (fingers crossed)”

16. Back to our places of faith



London is home to our happy places

“I will definitely go to church first,” one commented.

Another addedL “To Saint Paul’s Cathedral to pray.”

17. Somewhere outside of the city

One person said: “I will return to my country to visit my family.”

“In the car to Cornwall to see my kids,” another reader added.

“Poland. I want to see my parents and son,” said another.

Heathrow Airport!!!!” We can’t agree more.

18. Some of us have really thought it out

One MyLondon reader said: “I will walk through Piccadilly Circus , Soho, Covent Garden by night, passing towards Trafalgar Square towards Big Ben, and will have a deep look at Thames river with its magic silver colour, taking a deep breath and carry on walking towards Embankment, and stay on the top of Espainiolla or Queen Marry Ship and have a cold pint!

“And remember those bloody corona days are gone and damped in the bin of the history.”

To be fair, it was pretty well said.

19. And more of London’s most iconic places



We will always appreciate how beautiful this city really is
We will always appreciate how beautiful this city really is

“The Shard”, “Tower of London” and “Piccadilly Circus” are just some of the landmarks we used to take for granted, but have actually started missing.

Others have specific areas in mind.

“I think I would take a walk in Notting Hill,” said one person.

Another added: “Long walk trough Greenwich Park, Millwall and Canary Wharf!”

20. Even for non-Londoners

“As a Brummie, I can’t wait to come back to my favourite place,” one person said. “To my favourite stalls in Camden Market, take in the atmosphere in Leicester Square (my first date with my husband).

“The fabulous pubs you have, eating in Borough Market, walking along the Thames……I absolutely can’t wait.

“Take care all of you Londoners.”

21. Any finally, the place many of you are missing the most



Some of you want a “Victorian pub” or just “any pubs along river Thames”.

Others want “a pint in The George on Haverstock Hill, then a walk up Primrose Hill to take that beautiful view in”.

Some will go to their favourite bar in Soho, “to get very drunk!”

And many of us just want “any open watering hole”.

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