12 things I want to do in London

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As you may or may not know, I’ve recently moved back home to my parents’ humble abode in west London after spending three years being a responsible adult (lol) at university. Now I’m a working gal (boo to no midweek nights out), I can actually afford to go and do things rather than spending my weekends engaging in drinking cheap wine and partaking in Netflix marathons.

My boyfriend has also just moved to south London from Norfolk, so hello weekend adventures in London galore. If you’re feelin nosey, or just want some ideas for yourself, here’s my list (for now) of things I want to do in London.

1. Spend a day exploring Greenwich. Which I have already done and you can read about it here.
2. See a film at the Clapham Picturehouse. There’s just something cooler about going to an independent cinema than your bog-standard Odeon. Amirite?
3.Go to Notting Hill and gawp at all the quaint little pastel coloured Victorian townhouses (is that what they’re called?) and imagine how grand it would be to live there.
4.Buy something from Borough market. I’ve never been before and what’s not to love about the thought of walking through tables n tables of food at London’s oldest food market? I imagine the colours and smells are divine too
5. Describing itself as the ‘microcosm of London’s shifting ethnic patterns’, Brick Lane is defo on the cards. Curry and bagels. Need I say more? I’ve now had a curry down Brick Lane and it was bloody brilliant. Read about it here.
6. See a West End show. Legend has it my boyfriend is taking me next month as a late bday treat.
7.Go for an evening drink at the Madison rooftop bar in St. Pauls. Just because it looks swanky AF and it’s nice to push the boat out every once in a while.
8. Spend an afternoon bottomless brunch-ing somewhere. Has to include prosecco obvs. If you have any recommendations, do share.
9. Have dinner and drinks at one of the restaurants at the top of the walkie talkie. The views of London look amazing and apparently the prices are pretty reasonable too. Bonus.
10. Go to the Southbank Christmas market. Markets are good, Christmas markets are even better, and Christmas markets on the river? Well, what a treat. Ticked this one off my list too! 
11. Go to one of the really weird pop-ups that seem to, well, pop up every now and again, like the Walkers Crisps sarnie club hidden behind a newsagents near London Bridge. How mysterious.
12. Visit the untouched gardens of St Dunstan-in-the-East. A ‘garden of tranquillity’ nestled between Monument and Tower Hill. The shell of a 12th century church remains covered in overgrown ivy – the only part of the building which survived the Blitz. Educational anndddd nice to look at. Visited – I’m speeding my way through this list it seems!

And there you have it. I’m sure there will be loads more things I think of come this time next week.

If you’ve been to any of these, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time x

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  1. November 1, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    Big up West London!! I felt the need to say that. What a great post Christie 😘 Notting Hill’s pastel coloured homes are #homegoals for me. Although you can’t do that in the suburbs because it’s all brick. They are just as pretty and instagrammable in person! I also totally want to do the Christmas market this year (as well as going to the cool German ones).

    Lisa | http://www.fairlyrosy.com

    • christielouize
      November 4, 2016 / 12:53 pm

      Thanks Lisa! Yes I’d love to go to a German Christmas market too!

      Christie x

  2. November 4, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    I love your tips! I actually went to Greenwich yesterday and took me 90 minutes on the bus which was a bit painful but I loved the area and all the cute little shops – and the market was just amazing! Borough Market is right next to my uni which is great for me and not that great for my finances but the food is really good. Have you been to Maltby Street Market? This might be my favourite in London. Number 12 on your list sounds amazing and I’m also very excited for the christmas markets. xx


    • christielouize
      November 4, 2016 / 12:52 pm

      Hi Mira,

      Thanks for your comment! 90 minutes on the bus is kind of similar to how long it takes me to get there, but mine is 90 minutes on the tube/DLR (yawn). I haven’t heard of Maltby Street market – I’ll have to have a look online now! xx

  3. December 9, 2016 / 11:06 pm

    Ahh this post makes me miss London so much! I absolutely love it there and stayed for a few nights a few weeks ago, we went to borough market and honestly it’s so worth going to, we tried some amazing Indian food there! Also the southbank Christmas Market was so pretty!

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    • christielouize
      December 13, 2016 / 10:25 am

      Ah really! I neeeed to visit Borough market – definitely in the New Year!

  4. Shelise Saddul
    January 14, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    I really would love to explore London more!! I;ve been borough market and Notting Hill but not actually explored it. I would love to go those places again and look around


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