Tuesday, March 27, 2012

London List

As my weeks in London are now numbered - only 10 to go, alas - Jon and I came up with a list of things we want to do together before I leave; we've included restaurants, outings, and experiences on our list and, while it's by no means complete, we've already started crossing off some of our ideas.  Not counting the 35 months I will have lived here out of the last four years, I've been to England five times, so I've already done almost all of the touristy and cultural stuff.  Of course, it doesn't hurt to repeat visits - which is why Windsor is on my list - but we tried to include only new experiences, experiences we can share and remember through the period of distance that we're facing.

I'll post the full list as it evolves on the sidebar of this blog.  Let me know if you have any additional suggestions!

London List


  1. I've read about a restaurant that is located up the 30 St Mary Axe tower (the "Gherkin") in London, and I am pretty sure it is open to the public. Would that be something you'd be interested in?

  2. So glad the Chelsea Physic Garden is on the list. It's the most wonderful place in the world to me. Love to you and Jon.

  3. I've had Quo Vadis on my list to but the fact that it is next to a huge strip-club throws me off. haha. WHen you go please let me know how it is!

  4. I'm so jealous you're still in London, even if only in the short term!

    I have two suggestions:

    1) Do you recall a London thing you did during your first few weeks in London that you haven't done since? Do that again in your final weeks there. For me, it was a trip to Westminster Abbey (in June 2009 and December 2011), and the experiences were so different after all that time I spent in the UK. But the second trip was such a lovely reminder of just how much we've learned and changed during our time in London.

    2) Plan time in the last couple days to take a long walk and say goodbye to the places where you spent lots of time. We did that for really cheesy spots (we must have walked the Thames Path with visitors a hundred times) and the neighborhoods where we worked. It was bittersweet, but it also felt nicely intentional, like we weren't just abandoning our favorite places.

    This probably all sounds very corny, but I'm still struggling with homesickness for London!

  5. Too hard to name a few - but this is what I'd do:
    -be a groundling at a show at the Globe
    -experience pub theatre at its best, e.g. Finborough
    -enjoy full English breakfast or tea at the Cafe in the Crypt
    -walk Hampstead Heath
    -cross Abbey Road
    -poke around Borough Market, Portobello Road, other markets
    -catch a concert at Wigmore Hall
    Enjoy it all, Betsy!

  6. oh wow - where to begin?
    I'd definitely suggest watching a football or cricket match if you haven't already! Though the atmosphere at these events couldn't be more different, they're both quite British :) (Or Rugby Sevens!)
    I'd also recommend the Hi sushi restaurant in Camden, cheap sushi but a great location. If you're not into sushi it's also just a nice spot to sit in the sun, enjoy a pint and people watch :)

    I'm going to be in London the first two weeks of May and was thinking to organize a 'London Link up' of sorts, would you be interested? Just a fun way for some bloggers to meet up! Email me with your thoughts! xxx

  7. Check out the studio of Edmund de Waal, when he's sure to be there, and ask him about the Efrusi family connection.

  8. ill have to come up with my own list for when i visit - hopefully some might overlap with yours, or else your list is about to get longer :)


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