I had initially planned to write up my 30 before 30 list, but it seemed silly to make a list of things to do before December 3rd this year when I don’t even know when we’ll be able to leave the house for longer than an hour at a time.
So, being the ever flexible being that I am, I have decided to make a list of things that I’d like to do once freedom reigns supreme once more.
Rather than discussing places that I’ve been or things I’ve done before, these are all new to me!
1. Go to Thailand with Sophia
Sophia and I had planned out our trip, booked flights and accommodation for a much overdue catch up for 4th – 19th May. Obviously, this won’t be going ahead on the date that we decided but as soon as we get the go ahead for international travel, we’ll be off! (We’ve been to Thailand before but are planning to visit parts of the country that we haven’t visited before)
2. Watch Life of Mormon at the theatre
Since I first saw this show advertised when I was in Melbourne back in 2016, I’ve wanted to watch it. Hopefully it’ll still be playing in London when things get back to normal so I can finally set a date and get my tickets!
3. Visit God’s Own Junkyard in Walthamstow
A showcase of the late neon artist Chris Bracey’s personal collection of work. Home to Europe’s largest collection of vintage neon signs, it is 100% my cup of tea.
(Source: Secret London)
4. Ride a pedalo in Hyde Park
5. Primrose Hill
A compact, village-like area of grand Victorian terraces and pastel-coloured Regency townhouses and a namesake hilltop park with panoramic views over Regent’s Park and the city beyond. It sounds a lot like Hampstead Heath with its upmarket delis, chic eateries and boutique fashion stores and streets dotted with gastropubs and tearooms.
6. Barbican Conservatory
I’ve seen a few photos of this place online and it looks right up my street. It’s been described as a ‘glass-roofed, leafy sanctuary features tropical plants and trees, birdlife and exotic fish’ – sounds dreamy!
(Source: Conservatory | Barbican)
7. Victoria Park
8. Sky Garden – London’s highest public garden
9. Walthamstow Wetlands
The largest urban wetland in Europe, consisting of ten reservoirs and lots of wildlife. E17’s industrial history gives the area an unusual aesthetic, with old metalworks and even gunpowder mills dotting the green spaces.
(Source: Secret London)
I’ve also heard great things about Homerton and Dalston
11. Horniman Museum and Gardens
My mate, Hannah, mentioned this place way back in 2018 so I need to get myself in gear and make my way over to South East London.
12. Victoria Miro Gallery
A British Contemporary Art Gallery in Hoxton
13. Leake Street Arches
Under Waterloo Station, the historic arches are now home to quirky eateries and one of the ultimate spots for street art in London.
14. Brick Lane Street Art Walking Tour
15. New Malden
My friend, Tina, has mentioned that New Malden is basically Korea Town and I also saw it mentioned in Killing Eve so I’ll definitely be making a trip there. Plus, Tina said that they have charity shops and great Korean food so it’s a no brainer.
16. Japan House
On Kensington High Street, Japan House presents the very best of Japanese art, design, gastronomy, innovation. The food at Akira, their restaurant, looks stunning and I can’t wait to try it out!
(Source: Japan House)
Although I’ve been to Bristol before, I’ve only ever visited the city centre. However, I’ve heard great things about the charity shops on Gloucester Road and I’ve just read up on Clifton Village, Park Street and Bedminster in this Bargain Hunting Guide.
18. Sunflower farm
Nikki showed me a photo of her at a sunflower farm that she visited last year and I’d really like to visit one too! I’ve read online that sunflowers in the UK are usually in bloom from August to September so hopefully that’ll be doable this year.
Pakistani restaurant in Whitechapel that I’ve heard great things about
20. Try a salt beef bagel from Beigel Bake on Brick Lane
I’ve walked past this famous place so many times but have never gotten round to trying a bagel! I’d also like to visit on a Sunday for all the extra food stalls that will be gracing the big street market.
21. Japanese restaurants: Sushi Samba (as a treat), Sticks’n’Sushi and Hot Stone
22. Arcade Food Theatre at Centre Point
Basically a fancy food court on Tottenham Court Road
23. Italian restaurants recommended by Tina (of course): Gloria Trattoria, Circolo Popolare and Bancone (the latter of which has been described by Grace Dent as ‘casually orgasmic, deeply affordable’ which I am all over.)
(Source: Time Out)
24. Smoking Goat (Thai restaurant in Shoreditch)
25. Chinese restaurants: Royal China, Wun’s Tea Room, Baozilnn and Yolkin.
26. Fuwa Fuwa
This is the UK’s first Japanese Soufflé Pancake Store! James and I visited last year and really wanted to try their Japanese pancakes but there was a 40 minute wait and we had an exhibition to get to. Hopefully, I’ll be able to try out these fluffy desserts soon!
(Source: @fuwafuwalondon Twitter)
27. Mother Mash
My friend, Sophia, was really keen to try this place when she visited in 2018 and it’s been on my restaurant list since then. I’ve walked past it numerous times but next time, I just need to get in there!
28. Chick N’ Sours (Korean fried chicken and sour cocktails)
(Source: Hot Dinners)
29. Brixton Village Market
The restaurants that I really want to try in there are: Mamalan, Kamone Japanese Kitchen, Etta’s Seafood Kitchen, Nanban and Okan
30. E Pellicci in Bethnal Green
Described by Time Out as ‘The East End’s pride and joy: a king among caffs.’ It’s an authentic family Italian restaurant and café established since 1900 focused on providing freshly prepared, home cooked dishes. I also love the sound of the ‘chrome-lined Vitrolite panels line the outside, and the wood-panelled interior is filled with Formica tables and art deco touches’.
(Source: Spitalfields Life)
I hope that’s given you little bit of inspo and something to look forward to if you’re also a London-dweller – tell me what’s on your list!