London is a great city, we all know that. More than ever, this summer it has become a world capital, sparkling and shining as never before. And the longer I stay here, the more I realize how many ‘things’ I still have to see and experience in this fabulous location. So, here I am, trying to write down a bucket list of things to see and to do (probably will write two different posts). Hopefully this list – or rather taking things off it – will be the right incentive to start enjoying London. You are more than welcome to add your suggestions.
- The Monument to the Great Fire of London, the entrance is only 3£ so I really have no excuses for not seeing it.
- The View from the Shard: opening its doors to visitors on the 1st of February is definitely something I would like to do, although booking in advance is not that smart since the weather is unpredictable. Ticket fee is 24,95, which is quite a lot, but hopefully a 360° view of London is worth it.
- Imperial War Museum
- Natural History Museum, I am not much into dinosaurs and things like that, but until the 3rd of March 2013 they are showcasing the best wildlife photos from the 2012 Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest and I am very much interested in this one. Entrance to the museum is free, but there is a 10£ fee for the exhibition. Not too bad I guess.
- British Library. I do love libraries and am quite sure that this one is amazing.
- Tower of London, but 20£ to get in? Some of these fees are really prohibitive…
- Kew Gardens in Spring must be amazing, especially since I like macro-photography and flowers. 16£ entrance fee, but sometimes they make offers, so it might become more affordable.
- National Portrait Gallery. From the 8th of November to the 17th of February the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 Exhibition will take place, showcasing some of the best contemporary photographers from around the world. Tickets are just 2£, so it will be probably one of the first things to be taken off the list!
- St Paul’s Cathedral: I am always reluctant to pay an entrance fee for a church, but I guess is not just any church so it might be worth the 14.50£ fee. Still skeptical though.
- Westminster Abbey. Same thing and a higher fee: 16£.
I already visited British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, Sea Life Aquarium, London Eye, Mme Tussauds, Covent Garden, Camden Market, Greenwich so no need to include them. If you have any other idea of – touristic or not touristic at all – places I cannot miss, please tell me.
To be continued with Things to do… Stay tuned!
- Photos: Wildlife Photographer of the Year (abcnews.go.com)
- Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum, SW7 – review (standard.co.uk)
- Out and about around Tower Hill! (magellanstraits.com)
- Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Opens October 19th (winningreview.co.uk)
- 24 Hours in London – A 24 hour travel guide to London, England (essentialtravel.co.uk)
- First view from the Shard (independent.co.uk)
- View From The Shard In London: Pre-Opening Glimpses (gadling.com)
- What’s on Your Bucket List? (mywarminghouse.com)
- The Shard, London: first look inside (telegraph.co.uk)