I’m sure we all wish we made more of an effort to explore our local area. We all have a habit of wishing we could travel further afield, but what about the sights that are right on our doorstep?
London in particular has so many places to discover. It’s such a vast city, full of famous attractions that tourists from all over the world flock to see. However, there are also many hidden gems in London that don’t get the recognition they deserve. Unfortunately, London is very expensive so I don’t really get the chance to visit these places. So as you can imagine, there are numerous things I want to do and places I want to see in London. These range from major attractions (e.g. the London Eye) to restaurants to coffee houses.
1. London Eye
I know, it’s crazy that I’ve lived in London for 23 years and STILL haven’t been on the London Eye. I don’t know why I didn’t go with my European friends or during my Spanish exchange years ago.
2. Cable cars at The O2
I’m a bit scared of heights but these cable cars look kinda fun.
3. Electric Cinema
I went to the restaurant next door to the Electric Cinema for my brother’s birthday last year, but I didn’t get the chance to see the cinema. Judging by the photos I’ve seen, the Electric Cinema looks so cosy and different to the cinemas I usually go to.
4. Harry Potter Studios
I love the Harry Potter films (still haven’t read the books though) so I definitely need to check this out at some point.
I’m not keen on the cold but as I loved the icebar in Puerto Banus, I’m sure I’ll like the one in London too. The cocktails sound lush – I love how they’re all animal-themed, like ‘Blue Baboon’ instead of ‘Blue Lagoon’.
6. Cereal Killer Café
I was SO close to going to the Cereal Killer Café with my friend before the #BloggersAreUs event a few weeks ago, but unfortunately there was a huge queue outside and it was snowing so we didn’t really want to wait. It’s such a shame because I’ve wanted to go to the Cereal Killer Café for ages. Saturday probably wasn’t the best time to go! I’m going to try again on Sunday instead!
7. Farmacy and Sketch
I’ve lumped Farmacy and Sketch together because they are two foodie destinations that seem really popular amongst bloggers. The food at both look delicious and the interiors are so Pinterest-worthy. I particularly like the pink in Sketch. I’m not really keen on vegan & vegetarian food (apart from tofu. GIVE ME ALL THE TOFU), but some of the food on the menu for Farmacy does look delish (I really want to try the ‘Berry Mess‘ and pancakes.
8. Steam & Rye
A few months ago I was scrolling through Instagram when I caught sight of the most amazing cocktails! I immediately clicked on the location to see where they were from. Turns out they’re from Steam & Rye, which is a Gatsby-style cabaret restaurant in East London. The cocktails are a bit on the pricey side (around £9-12 each) – maybe I’ll go there for my next birthday!
This one is called ”Maize Balls’ and it’s a mix of coconut, popcorn, caramel, milk and whipped cream.
So those are the main things on my London Bucket List. I’d also love to check out Alma Café in Barnes (erm, marble tables? Yes please!), Soft Serve Society (in Shoreditch), Nosteagia (also in Shoreditch), Lanka (cakes galore), Yolkin (macaron ice cream sandwiches) and Pretty Things Horsham (it’s not technically IN London but it’s just outside and the unicorn-themed hot chocolate looks heavenly).
Is there anywhere in particular you’d like to visit in London (or your hometown)? Have you been to any of the places on this list? Are they good as they seem?
P.S. If anyone fancies checking out any of these places, let me know and I might consider organising an event!