The essential London bucket list 2015

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Many people have a travel bucket list, but London is a city so vast and diverse that it is worthy of its own.

We’re not talking about your generic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London; we mean the real fun stuff that you might not think of at first.

There are some many fascinating things happening in London that this list could quite easily end up being the length of a short novel, but we’ll cut it down a bit to some of the best ones that are close to your Cheap London hotel.

Depending on how much time you have in the city, you can pick and choose what you want to do from this article. One thing is for certain: once you’ve been to London, you’ll want to come back for more.

Changing of the Guard

Yes, it’s a fairly obvious one, but you simply have to see this once in your life. Taking place on every odd date (1st, 3rd etc.) and starting at 11am, the Changing of the Guard is part display of military might, part ridiculous pantomime.

From the wonderfully audacious outfits to the sensational marching bands, everything about the ceremony is something to be cherished – it’s so British, it’s almost indescribable.

Catch a show in the West End

What are you even doing in London if you don’t intend to see a show? Even if you detest theatre, you have to see something in the West End.

Ok, you don’t have to, but you should do! With so many different venues and types of show to choose from, even the staunchest anti-musical person can find something to make their foot tap in this part of the city.

Ride a Boris Bike

For every person who comes to London and doesn’t ride one of his bikes, the foppish Mayor sheds a tear. Don’t make Boris cry; hire one of his beloved bikes and cycle around Hyde Park on it. It’s actually jolly good fun.

A boat ride on the Thames

Some of the city’s most impressive landmarks are best viewed from a boat on the Thames.

There are many different types of cruise – some focus on the sights, some on getting drunk – so whatever you are after, you’re sure to find it.

Cocktails in Shoreditch

By the time this is published and digested, some other part of London will have been crowned the trendiest; but you can never look past the original prince of the pretentious for a delicious, overpriced cocktail so Shoreditch makes our bucket list.

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There are more mixologists per square inch in this part of London than anywhere else in the capital, making it the ideal place to sample a signature cocktail. And even though that preceding sentence is not scientifically accurate, it rings true that there are lots of cocktail bars in Shoreditch.

Grab yourself a Singapore Sling and relax.

Jack the Ripper tour

Satisfy your morbid curiosity with this grisly tour into London’s dark past. See the stalking ground of the city’s most notorious killer and hear the theories of his identity as you trace his bloody footsteps through east London.

The tours take place every night starting from Tower Hills tube station at around 7.30pm. Not one for the faint of heart.

Get lost in Borough Market

One of London’s finest street markets, Borough Market has been in existence since Victorian times and the atmosphere here is excellent.

Whether you’re shopping for a hand-crafted gift for a loved one, sampling the international cuisine from the many food stalls or drinking in the bars that surround the market, a trip here is a must for a holiday in London.

Real theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe

Where better to see theatre than the Bard’s own venue? The Globe has been lovingly preserved to ensure that your experience is as close to Shakespearian as possible.

You can even stand in the centre for cheaper tickets – Oh how wonderfully quaint.

Head up the Shard

For the best views of the city, in the city, you have to go up the Shard. As well as a viewing platform, there are plenty of trendy bars up there if you need a stiff drink to settle your nerves.

The best time to go is sunset when the city transforms into a mass of sparkling lights – it’s quite a remarkable sight.

Sample London’s own gin

Sipsmith owns the only gin distillery in London, and if you are partial to the odd G&T, you’ll want to make this a stop on your itinerary.

Here you’ll find some of the most delicious artisan gin you’ve ever tasted, and as well as sampling some of this fine produce, you’ll be able to take a tour of the distillery to see how it is produced.

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