UK Bucket List: 80 places to go, things to do and food to try.


I know I know, for some people the idea of having The Bucket List seems stupid and too cliche, but for me it’s the only way to organize myself and plan my time. I’ve been in this situation before – after a year of living in Budapest, one week before leaving this beautiful city I realized that I hadn’t done a lot of things I wanted to. I know that we won’t be living in the UK for the rest of our lives and one day will be moving somewhere else, I want to make sure that I’ve done everything I wanted and haven’t missed out.

Also, it’s good way to get up on Saturday and start doing things (not that I don’t do anything, but you know… ). What London has taught me is to plan everything in an advance. It can sounds ridiculous, but sometimes we even book theatre tickets a year before the performace (crazy!). Anyway, I initially wanted to write down a list of ‘100 things to do before leaving the UK’, but I’ve decided to leave a room for some spontaneity and cut the list a bit.


Touristic stuff and museums:

1. Tate Britain ✔

2. London Eye

3. Museum of London

4. Buckingham Palace ✔

5. Harry Potter Studios

6. The Grant Museum of Zoology

7. Leighton House Museum ✔

8. Strawberry Hill House

9. Hampton Court Palace ✔


Food related:

10. Breakfast at Duck & Waffle ✔

11. Breakfast at Cereal Killer Cafe

12. Chelsea Saturday Market

13. Eating London Tour

14. Proper afternoon tea

15. Fish Market

16. Burger & Lobster

17. Masala Zone ✔

18. Learn how to cook Scotch Eggs

19. The Ivy Chelsea Garden

20. Sketch

21. Oxo Tower

22. Cat cafe

23. Try Marmite

24. Zuma

25. Lyle’s

26. BAO

27. Pizza East

28. Clifton Nurseries


Drinks related:

29. Underground Tube Bar

30. Chiltern Firehouse

31. Kensington Roof Gardens

32. First Aid Box bar



33. Rye ✔

34. Bath

35. Dorset

36. Bristol

37. Devon

38. York ✔

39. Lake District

40. Isle of Sky

41. Windsor

42. The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland

43. Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland

44. Lavender Fields



45. Royal Opera ✔

46. Silent Disco

47. Pub quiz

48. Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park

49. The Lion King Musical ✔

50. Rooftop Film Club

51. BFI London Film Festival

52. See sunrise at Primrose Hill

53. The Magic Hour Show

54. London Friday Night Skate

55. ‘Oh La La Macarons’ Masterclass

56. Quill London lettering workshop

57. Ice Skating at Somerset House ✔


Music & Clubs:

58. Fabric

59. 606 Club or any other Jazz club



60. Royal Ascot

62. Open House London

63. Henley Royal Regata


Places in London:

64. Abbey Road

65. Walk along Little Venice ✔

66. Kew Gardens ✔

67. Richmond Park ✔

68. Vauxhall City Farm

69. Islington

70. Dalston

71. Olympic Park

72. Clerkenwell


Coffee shops:

73. Prufrock Coffee

74. Timberyard Seven Dials

75. Flat White

76. Tina, We Salute You

77. Spoke

78. Origin

79. Brooklyn Coffee

80. Nude Expresso


Challenge accepted!


Note:  This is the list of things and places I haven’t done or seen since I moved to London in 2014. For sure there is a lot more that can be added to ‘UK Bucket List’. Your recommendations are welcomed in comments below.


  • I hope you can achieve your bucket list in no time! It sounds like you’re going to have a lot of fun & new experiences. :]

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    • Thank you Carmen! Hopefully it will help me to do more stuff and go places 🙂

  • it’s a great list! I hope you do it all! you might add visiting Cambridge or Oxford or both?:)

    • Thank you! Been there already, that’s why these towns are not included 🙂

  • Juris

    Hi, very nice list. Just to have a unique experience I would suggest:
    Drink related- try molecular cocktail in Purl bar, Mayfair
    Food and travel related- unforgettable experience in Fat Duck restaurant.
    Travel- visit extreme points of UK: farther north, south, east or west than any other location.
    Good luck!
    All the best

    • molecular bar!!!! Sounds amazing! Thanks for Fat Duck restaurant recommendation too.

      Yeah, traveling in the country is prio number one!

      I’ve spent some time in Liverpool already (1.5 months), that part of English is ‘done’ 🙂

  • This is a great least for the UK. Bookmarked it for next time. I have already been to England once.

  • I’m definitely saving this for the next time I go back home to England, I wish I had visited Kew Gardens it looks so beautiful!
    I’m excited to see what you cross of from this list 🙂

    • Thank you Shannice 🙂 You have a very beautiful blog btw 🙂

  • I came here to check out your list after seeing your post on Instagram. I’m amazed to see I’ve done a lot of your tourist, travel and places stuff!
    A few places you might have been to already and if not should add are: Greenwich (the markets are great), the red house (national trust), 2 temple place, ham house. Winchester was lovely too, and a short trip from London, as is Canterbury.
    Grant Museum is awesome and definitely cross that off. Buckingham palace was also lovely, but no photos insidr sadly.

    Hope you have the best time crossing things off! My list is massive as well! Hooray for adventuring!

    • Hi Alison,

      I’ve been to Greenwich and Winchester already, very lovely places!

      I think I need to put together a general list of things to do in the UK, because this is only something I haven’t done yet 😉


  • Hi Katya,
    like you i have so many fav places in London, what i would recommend if not already done: Broadway Street Market and (my fav by far) Maltby Street Market for food and drinks. This is a must every time (week-end) i am coming to London.
    Sky Garden (free entrance if booked in advance ) but i believe you already did this one; perfect for drinks and view.
    Seven Sisters / Eastbourne for travel.
    I would have recommended to see Yerma at Young Vic but it is sold out, what an amazing play.
    For something different: a graffiti tour or just walk randomly between Old Street – Bricklane – Shoreditch.
    Pizza pizza pizza at Homeslice pizza in Neal`s yard. difficult to find a free seat in the weekend however.
    oh well, i have so many more, but always i add some more from your Instagram photos 🙂

    • Hey,

      Ok, from your list I haven’t been to Maltby Street Market and Homeslice pizza only 😛

      Thanks for your comment, it reminds me I want to go to Sky Garden again 🙂

      Have a good day!

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    musicians to this location.

    • Hi Della, thanks a lot for this recommendation! I will definitely check it out 🙂

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  • cool list!