Is there any destination as great as London? I think not. But hey, I’m biased: I lived there, and still visit two or three times a year. I never understood people that were in love with London: it isn’t as grand as Paris and lacks perhaps a clear identity upon first sight. But then it happened to me: on my second visit I wandered around the city, stayed away from the big landmarks, and… I fell head over heels in love. Suddenly I understood why London was so well loved: it has to do with its vibe, its energy.
London is whatever you want it to be. It allows for quite and relaxation in one of the many parks or cafes. It allows for culture in one of the high class (free) museums, or grand musicals on West End. It has world class food: from Michelin star restaurants, to that cute local-owned curry shop in a shabby area. London has both majestic Vistorian-era mansions (in West), and the edgier hipster parts with street art (east). You can have a romantic date with stunning views over the skyline, or go to a morning rave.
London is the greatest city in the world. It has room for everyone, from any culture. No matter who you are, you will blend in and find your tribe. It is the best example of multi-culturalism I know. When I lived in London I would walk past loud singing from a Nigerian church, on my way to a gentrified coffeeshop that sold 20 pound bouquets of flowers and sat opposite an arthouse cinema.
Just writing this ode to London makes my heart yearn for it. London really, above everything else, is a feeling. I highly recommend going beyond the traditional highlights and discovering London as I love it. This list is the ultimate London bucket list: it lists everything you should do in the city. It lists all the areas, highlights, castles, viewpoints and other things you should do and visit while you’re there. At least 85% of these tips have been tried and tested by me, the rest are a collection of tips by my London friends and some themed experiences you may love.
I present to you: the ultimate London buckletlist! Print it out and bring it on your trip with you! :)