My London Bucket List – Part 17, The End (For Now).

I have been doing My London Bucket List for about a year now.

It was the most wonderful experience being able to spend the year on my Placement in London. After having an entire list of things to do I ended up doing so much more than I could’ve ever anticipated I would do. I feel all nostalgic just thinking about it.

My London Bucket List was a great achievement in my eyes. For me it was a real motivation to go out and explore the parts of London I really wanted to see. I got a lot done, most of it I eventually stopped writing items on the official list because I just couldn’t keep up with it! Sightseeing TOO much, Who would’ve thought?

But alas, I have finished my placement year. We moved away from Watford & London in June and I miss it and everyone I met there as well.

For me My London Bucket List was almost a challenge! I wanted to push myself to keep writing whilst I was away. My main worry was that I would start my placement year and work life would take over. Meaning my blog would’ve probably disappeared into the background which is not what I wanted at all, HENCE My London Bucket List.
It made me explore London and places I never even knew existed.

My favorite day out in London?

COOR, I couldn’t choose. So I am going to give you all my Top 5 favorite things to do In London!

  1. Notting Hill Carnival!
  2. The Savoy Grill For Brads 21st Birthday
  3. Oblix Restaurant in The Shard for Tasmin’s Birthday!
  4. Hayes Galleria
  5. The Science Museum!

WHY?

Out of all of the places I have visited and the things I have seen these ones above were definitely my favorite, Notting Hill Carnival especially! I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Notting Hill so to have that opportunity and especially with some great friends made it a really great day.

The whole day for Brad’s 21st was amazing, but eating at the Savoy Grill was a real pleasure. I thoroughly enjoyed my food as I have never eaten anything quite like it or so damn good before! I guess that’s what you get for eating somewhere that is considered a luxury, we just wont talk about the bill.

I also highly recommend The Oblix restaurant in The Shard! Beautiful views and food as well, the cocktails are phenomenal as well, they taste so good!

Hayes Galleria is one of my favorite locations in London due to the architecture of the building. The beautiful glass canvas across the top of the small boutique shopping area and and statue in the middle gives it all the character possible. Every time I visit there I take a picture as its such a beautiful area!

We visited the science museum together Brad and I and it was really good fun. I have done the science museum before but I do not remember it for the life of me. I was about 10 years young when I went last, so I am sure a refresher after 11 years is always necessary. Its all just so interesting, ESPECIALLY the Air section at the top of the museum and the SPACE Section at the bottom.

London will always always have my heart. I was only in the city for a year but the energy from the place was something that you can’t replace. I already can’t wait to go back, hence why The London Bucket List is over,

FOR NOW.

We will be back.

My London Bucket List – Part 14, ‘You’re Not Hardcore, Unless you Live Hardcore’

So this impromptu day out was really nice because we were in London AAAAALL day.

We had stayed overnight at Hilton Kensington which was actually really lovely. The view from out room was overlooking Shepherds Bush Westfields, which is just as impressive if not more than the one in Stratford. We did but the looks of things used to have a balcony for the room, but the door was bolted shut which made me incredibly sad. But none the less it was a great stay with of course a cracking breakfast in the morning as well, all you can eat, absolutely amazing when you’re tired and hungover.

Once we had laid in bed an extra 3 hours after breakfast after our late check out at 2 we decided to go and join my friends Sami & Boris just around the corner from our hotel in a place called Holland Park.

IMG_20180702_132720_639.jpgIts a really large park in Kensington, right near Notting Hill, with cafes and restaurants. Whilst we were there, there was even a small music concert happening at the venue in the middle of Holland Park. Even though we didn’t go around the entire park I am pretty sure it had a Botanical Garden section as well.

We chilled for a bit in the summer sun with the world cup on Sami’s speaker in the background. Typically I sat on chewing gum so I had to fucking change as well, but theres a whole other blog post about that here!

Once we had had enough of the football we decided we wanted to go for a wander an myself, I knew we were near Portobello Road! Naturally my inner Disney came out and Bed-knobs and Broomsticks ‘Portobello Road’ Swirled around my head even when we arrived at the road itself.

‘Portobello Road, Portobello Road
Street where the riches of ages are stowed
Anything and everything a chap can unload
Is sold off the barrow in Portabello Road
You’ll find what you want in the Portabello Road’

It took us about 15 minutes to walk and we weren’t disappointed. We arrived to a busker singing in the street with his guitar and market stalls all the way up the road. First we headed upwards to find myself so damn clothes to change into after sitting in chewing gum. We found a dress stall and I purchased a really lovely summer dress! 

As we headed down the road the houses were all pastel colours and it was exactly how I had seen it in all the pictures. The stalls held things like old jewellery and vintage items to fruit and veg! It was just an array of everything and anything you could’ve needed. The street art or graffiti was also really cool. I did wonder if Banksy had been around the area and I did search for something even on google, but alas nothing. But the street art was still really funky. 

IMG_20180630_170205_221.jpgThere was a pub also running along side the market and Brad and I could hear this voice. We were Instantly drawn to where this music and the singing was coming from. A woman was singing with a jazz band in this pub! We went inside just to listen to her sing, and it appeared so did the rest of the pub as when she finished performing everyone just fizzled out of the pub! She had Talent for sure.

Once we had called it a day at Portobello Road we headed back to Westfields at Shepherds Bush so we could head to the theatre!! We stopped via to have a browse at all the shops but we were just passing by really. 

We arrived at an area nearby Covent Garden so we could attend ‘School of Rock‘ at Drury Lane Theatre. At first we had to get some grub as our hangovers were catching up with us. We had been at my Hilton Leaving do the night before at The Loop Bar in London, it was a great night out but the club really wasn’t my cup of tea. And FAR to expensive as well. I know it was central London but it really wasn’t worth all the hype.

So we headed to the Prince of Wales pub just around the corner from the theatre. It was a really lovely pub and we just had some typical pub grub to share. I waked highly recommend it if you’re in that area.

We entered Drury Lane Theatre with a full stomach and it was wonderful, we were seated in the bottom circle right in the middle where we had a clear view of the stage! Literally we could not have had any better seats if we had tried, and only at £70 each a seat!

IMG_20180630_230638_816.jpgNOW I LOVE MUSICALS. Also spoiler alert so If you plan on seeing ‘School Of Rock‘ do not read ahead!! I was nervous for Brad because I wasn’t too sure how he would enjoy it. Luckily it is a comedy also so I know he would like it, so my fingers were crossed.

I was in luck, once we got to the interval both myself and Brad were thoroughly impressed. Not only was the musical amazing, but the TALENT. ALL of the younger children in the show played their own instruments and sang beautifully. Even the gent who played Dewy was SO talented. I was just impressed from the get go to be honest.

I was a little bit sad because I was totally ready for the song ‘STEP OFF, but instead we got something even better, a song called ‘Stick it to the man’ which was Just as catchy and sang absolutely brilliantly.

I was just overall impressed with the entire experience and musical as a whole. Big thank you to my mum as it was a late 21st birthday present and Brad enjoyed himself too which was a bonus!

I would Highly recommend a viewing!