101 things you must put on your London bucket list before you die


London is the best city in the world.

It’s something we all probably say on a regular basis, to friends, family – anyone who will listen, really.

But how much have you actually done in the city?

My guess is if you’ve lived in London for a long time you’ve probably neglected to be a tourist in your own town.

So MyLondon has put together the ultimate London bucket list that probably only Londoners could ever complete. But of course, tourists can give it a go.

Here are 101 things you should definitely do in London before you die.

1. Ghost hunt in the Clink Prison at London Bridge

You might not be able to sleep for days but it’s worth it



Inside the creepy Clink Prison

2. Rent a Boris Bike and explore a part of town you’ve never been to

Even if they are now red and called Santander Cycles…



Get your bum on a Boris Bike

3. Visit the deer in Greenwich Park or Richmond Park



A Red Deer stag walks through bracken at sunrise in Richmond Park. There are warnings the peace of the park could be lost if Heathrow's third runway gets built
A red deer stag walks through bracken at sunrise in Richmond Park

4. Go on a night time Jack the Ripper walk around East London

5. Drink coffee in a Victorian toilet at the Attendant

Yes, this is something you can actually do…

6. Try the world’s biggest, fastest city centre zip line

It’s in Lambeth in the summer.



Don’t do a Boris though and get stuck

7. Enter the Red Bull Soapbox Race at Alexandra Palace

MyLondon actually took a team there!



Hannah Dodd and Katy Gill just before the dreaded crash
Hannah Dodd and Katy Gill just before the dreaded crash

8. Watch an act at British Summer Time from the golden circle

Or if you can’t afford that, right at the very back



Florence Welch invited everyone to have a "matriarchal experience"
Florence Welch at the British Summer Time festival 2019

9. Take a ride on a murder mystery train in Shoreditch

You might be lucky and see a drag queen



Enter Pedley Street station for a murder mystery ride
Enter Pedley Street station for a murder mystery ride

10. Take the Emirates Air Line to work

Though actually we discovered it’s an incredibly quiet commute



The Emirates Air Line service across the River Thames.

11. Take part in the London Marathon

Or at least cheer on the crowds if you can’t be bothered



Runners in fancy dress cross the line during the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon

12. Listen to some live music at the Jazz Cafe in Camden

13. Go to the Churchill Arms in Kensington – the prettiest pub in London



The pub is even more impressive when it’s in bloom

14. Have a curry along the Tooting curry mile or in Brick Lane



The best places in London to eat curry await you

15. Have a day out at Croydon IKEA and eat the Swedish meatballs

Mmm, meatballs.



Arguably the best dish in the word - IKEA's Swedish meatballs
Arguably the best dish in the word – IKEA’s Swedish meatballs

16. Hire the karaoke room in Infernos

17. Try out your local park run then quit immediately



Let’s be honest, running is rubbish and awful

18. Visit an urban farm and pretend it’s as good as a normal one

But BABY ALPACAS



A baby alpaca at Hounslow Urban Farm

19. Throw up outside Chicken Cottage

The less said about this the better



Best. Shop. Ever.

20. Go ice skating at Ally Pally



Alexandra Palace ice rink is in a beautiful building which you can visit all year round.

21. Ride a cycle superhighway



They are super quick

22. See a celebrity on the Tube and try to act cool

(It might have to be a minor one…)

23. Try out every meal deal combination



Mmm, cheese and ham sandwiches

24. Celebrate Diwali at Neasden Temple

It’s London very own Taj Mahal (almost)



The awe inspiring Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Neasden

25. Go to Zoo Nights at London Zoo



See London Zoo like you’ve never seen it before

26. See an Indie theatre production or stand-up comedy show

27. Go on a tour of the Elizabeth Tower

It’s opening in 2021 and it’s free!



You soon will be able to explore the tower which houses Big Ben

28. Explore the British library



The British Library is one of the greatest places in London

29. Go on a tour of an abandoned Tube station

Just try not to get scared



The abandoned tunnels at Clapham South tube station
The abandoned tunnels at Clapham South Tube station

30. Sip wine beside the canal in little Venice



How can this be in central London?

31. Get your face printed on M&Ms at M&M world



M&M’s World in Leicester Square

32. Look down at Tower Bridge through the glass walkway above it



There’s an awesome view from Tower Bridge

33. Go to a museum late like Tate Lates

34. Try jellied eels

Try not to vomit, like our reporter did



A bowl of jellied eels… *Heurgh*

35. Have a night out without your phone and try and get home

36. Take a hot tub ride in the Thames

37. Take a snap with the Platform 9 and 3/4 sign

38. Find a cocktail for £6 or less



And happy hour is cheating

39. Go charity shop shopping in Kensington and Chelsea

And find an insane deal, obviously

40. Watch the Oxford and Cambridge boat race from the riverside

But what side are you on?



The Cambridge crew compete in the annual men’s boat race between Oxford and Cambridge University on the River Thames

41. Go sledging down Parliament Hill when there’s enough snow

42. Have a drunken conversation with a stranger on the bus home

43. Get a flight from London City Airport



It’s the airport we actually never seem to use

44. See the Kew Christmas lights display

45. Eat pie, mash and liquor at a traditional shop



Propa grub

46. Take a helicopter over the city and absorb the views

47. Make a phone call from a red telephone box (because who actually does any more)



I miss these beauties

48. Head to an outdoor cinema to watch a film under the stars

49. Zoom down Europe’s highest slide

It’s the Orbit Slide in Stratford



The Arcelormittal Orbit is one of the attractions at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The Arcelormittal Orbit is one of the attractions at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

50. Have a drink at the oldest pub in London

It’s apparently Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street, but this is still debated

51. Try and get a free Pret



Good luck.

52. Catch a cheap show at Top Secret Comedy Club

53. Play a public piano at a train station

Maybe get good at it first, though

54. Unleash your inner child at Ballie Ballerson

Ball pits EVERYWHERE. What’s not to like?



Ballie Ballerson is great for photo opportunities
Ballie Ballerson is great for photo opportunities

55. Watch some of the world’s best tennis players on Centre Court at Wimbledon



You might have to queue for a while though

56. Visit London’s very own beach at Ruislip Lido

57. Take on the Circle Line pub crawl

It has 35 stops and 35 pubs. Good luck.



MyLondon reminds you to drink responsibly

58. Take in the views from the Sky Garden at the top of the Walkie Talkie



Enjoy views of The City from London’s Sky Garden

59. Let yourself go at the Notting Hill Carnival



Dancers prepare to take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in West London

60. Take part in Pride



Love is love.

61. Walk the empty streets of London on Christmas Day

62. Watch a Test match at Lord’s and a one-day international at the Oval

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63. Take part in a treasure hunt around the streets of London

64. Watch hardcore swimmers going for a Christmas Day swim in Hyde Park

Or take part yourself…



Join the swans for a festive swim

65. Go for a meal in one of London’s Michelin three-star restaurants



Chef Gordon Ramsey stands at the entrance to his Chelsea restaurant

66. Spend a lazy morning looking round Borough Market

67. Buy something from Harrods

Even if it is one of the cheapest things you can find



A gold bar of chocolate is a steal at £11

68. Go on an afternoon tea river cruise down the Thames

69. Cycle on empty London streets in a race

Either the London to Brighton Bike Ride or the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100



It’s fun to cycle through the empty streets of London

70. Brave all the rides at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park



Oh so sparkly

71. Find Sherlock Holmes’ house in Baker Street

It’s next door to the Sherlock Holmes Museum

72. Explore Chislehurst Caves on Halloween

Yep, London even has its own caves. Doesn’t it have everything?



Jimi Hendrix once played in Chislehurst Caves

73. Walked over the roof of the O2 Arena

74. Watch Prime Minister’s Questions from the public gallery at the Houses of Parliament



PMQs with BoJo is fun

75. See Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh at the National Gallery

76. Do a speech at Speakers’ Corner

77. Watch an FA Cup final at Wembley



It can get pretty loud when there’s a game on

78. Go to a red carpet premier at Leicester Square

79. Take part in No Trousers Day on the Tube

Fingers crossed it won’t be chilly!



Even in summer we didn't see this many bare legs on the Tube
No Trousers on the Tube day is an annual event

80. Visit the set of EastEnders

Ok, it is just outside London, but EastEnders is truly the essence of London

81. Watch a Shakespeare play at The Globe



The actors view from the stage of Shakespeare’s Globe

82. Go for drinks at the top of the Shard



But don’t look down!

83. Get a bad Uber rating

84. Take a boat through the Islington Tunnel

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85. Watch a trial from a public gallery at the Old Bailey

86. Run the London Bridges Challenge

That’s 12 bridges in 10 miles. Good luck.



You get to run over London Bridge

87. See sunrise from Tower Bridge

88. Hear HMS Belfast fire its cannons on D-Day



One of the six inch guns on HMS Belfast is fired during a six-gun salute to mark its 80th anniversary

89. Listen to Big Ben bong

(You’ll have to wait until at least 2021! Sorry!)

90. Visit Croydon Airport

It’s the UK’s major and only international airport during the interwar period

91. Spend Bonfire Night or New Year’s Eve on Primrose Hill



London skies light up for Bonfire Night

92. Visit Shirley Windmill

It’s one of only four windmills open to the public in Greater London

93. Go wild swimming in Beckenham

The views are stunning



The lake at Beckenham Place Park has been restored into a wild swimming area

94. Queue for hours to finally taste the pasta at Padella

Everyone’s always been banging on about it but I promise it’s worth the wait



Aglio e olio - pasta with garlic and oil
Mmm pasta

95. Survive riding the entire length of a night bus route home after a heavy one

96. See the dinosaurs at Crystal Palace park



The dinosaurs have been in Crystal Palace Park since the 1850s

97. Walk the Thames path on a gloriously sunny day

98. Visit the Tate Modern – but for the views

Act like a total philistine and just go to the viewing platform to see the spectacular cityscape, rather than any weird art



Seriously, don’t just take my word for it

99. Lose hours in the amazing Waterstones in Gower Street

It’s unlike any other branch – it’s honestly a treasure trove for book lovers



Waterstones will fill the bookshop gap at Westfield London since Foyles closed
It’s truly worth the visit

100. Buy something weird at Camden Market

101. Punt along Regent’s Canal in East London

Dear Oxford and Cambridge, we can do it better than you

Have you completed our bucket list? Get in touch at sian.elvin@reachplc.com if you have!





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