London is practically on my doorstep – around a 20 minute train ride – and has always been one of my favourite places to visit, ever since my sister started taking me when I was young. I absolutely adore the capital for things like fun pop-ups, quirky events and even traditional tourist attractions.
So it’s safe to say I’m missing London very much whilst during the current pandemic! I’ve also noted in previous posts that I feel like there was always a list of London based things on my to-do list, most of which I never got around to doing before the pandemic hit. Classic ‘everyone must do at least once’ things like attending Wimbledon with Wimbledon Hospitality, or free things like just exploring some of the capital’s most beautiful parks on a sunny day.
I think, when there are so many great things on your doorstep, you always assume you’ll get round to doing them ‘one day’ – and in the case of 2020, it’s made me realize that ‘one day’ may not always be there!
In a bid to make sure I don’t put such things off when things eventually get back to normal, I wanted to share my bucket list of things to do in London after lockdown.
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THE SKY GARDEN
In my defense, I have tried to book tickets for the free Sky Garden before, but they’ve always been ‘sold out’ when I’ve tried! London’s Sky Garden is an indoor garden, bar and restaurant which boasts stunning views across the capital and fun events such as live music or sunrise yoga. It’s also said to be quite romantic if you manage to visit for sunset!
HISTORIC LONDON TOURS
London is rich with history and it’s hard to find the time to take it all in or visit every historical building..which is where Historic London Tours come in! Their current offerings, Burnings, Butchery & Black Death: London’s Bloody Past and Roman Ruins to Blitz Bombings: The City of London’s History teach you all about the capital’s eye-opening history, whilst visiting multiple locations along the way.
DANS LE NOIR?
It may be pricey, but Dans Le Noir is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit as I think it’ll be such a unique experience. Here, you’ll be served “gourmet, creative and seasonal cuisine in complete darkness, accompanied and served by unexpected guides” in an aim to get you to indulge in your other senses – other than sight – when you eat.
I love crazy golf at the best of times, even more so when it takes place in the capital with tasty cocktails and quirky surroundings. London is home to Plonk Golf (neon), Swingers Crazy Golf (premium) and Junkyard Golf Club (downright wacky). Take your pick…or visit all three!
THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM QUIZ
If you love museums but feel overwhelmed with so much to see, a quiz-come-treasure hunt with The Great Game Treasure Hunts may be for you. With quizzes also available at The British Museum and The National Gallery, each game aims to take you around the museum and highlight key items on display – all whilst answering fun questions. The tour should take around two hours – although you’re welcome to take longer to explore – and the prize, at the end, is 20% discount off your final bill at a local nearby pub: a perfect lunch to enjoy once you’ve worked up your appetite. I think it’s such a fun and alternative way to explore a museum and enjoy a bit of culture, especially if you don’t usually visit museums or don’t quite know how to enjoy all the different exhibits!
ZSL LONDON ZOO
Can you believe I’ve never been to London zoo?! I also never knew it’s the world’s oldest scientific zoo. A zoo is a zoo: so there’s not much I can say about this one, only that it’s cute that the website suggests/lays out different routes around the zoo based on your favourite animals. Visit on a sunny day and take a slow stroll into the nearby Camden afterwards – and then perhaps a waterbus back to Little Venice.
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REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE
I’m kind of cheating here as I once visited Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre as a teenager on a school trip, but I’d love to go back now that I can appreciate it more as an adult. 2021 has a roster of shows such as 101 Dalmatians, Romeo and Juliet and Carousel, plus Dragons and Mythical Beasts for families/young ones. Pick Romeo and Juliet in the summer and order a luxury pre-packed picnic for two for an extra touch of romance before the show.
I think, given we will see some sort of normality in the near future, it wouldn’t be too hard to visit all of these places by this time next year…would it?! Should I challenge myself to complete my bucket list of things to do in London after lockdown?
What are your favourite must visit/do things in London? Let me know!
*Please note, this is a collaborative post but all views and opinions are entirely my own.