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I moved to London last September expecting to spend the next three years, if not the rest of my life there. I did plenty of the stereotypically tourist-y things, but I was in no rush to do everything that there was to do. I had time, I thought to myself. Of course, it was in my comfortable meandering of the city that life decided to play one of those cruel tricks on me and pull me back home due to a truly terrible experience at my university. Despite the fact that I am glad to be moving on with my life and to another uni, I can’t help but find myself missing London and hitting myself over the head for all of the things that I didn’t take the time to do while I was there. I’m sure I’ll be back again one day, though, and this post can serve as a bucket list of sorts to remind me what to do when I return.
1. Visit the Sky Garden
Visiting the Sky Garden was one of those things that I kept trying to organise but just never seemed to happen. Unlike the Shard, it’s free to go up in as long as you make a reservation, and it’s supposed to have some seriously amazing views over the city. When I get the chance, I’d love to be able to simply sit and watch the sunset, drink in hand.
2. Spend More Time in the British Museum
3. Watch the Changing of the Guard
Sure, I saw Buckingham Palace. A couple of times. But do you know what I never did? I never watched the changing of the guard, and I seriously regret it.
4. Take a Jack the Ripper Tour
5. Visit Hampton Court Palace
6. See a Show at the Globe Theatre
7. Take the Warner Bros. Studio Tour
When I was a kid, I threw multiple Harry Potter themed parties. The magic of the world that J.K. Rowling created completely entranced me, and it still does. As a broke student, though, I couldn’t really justify spending the money for a ticket, but now I really wish I had cut back on some meals so that I could have gone.
8. Visit St. Paul’s & Climb to the Top of the Dome
9. Have High Tea at Kensington Palace
So there you have it – just a short list of the things I wish I had done while I was living in London. Have you ever allowed yourself to pass up amazing experiences just because you lived in a place? If so, let me know so that I don’t feel so alone in this!