28 on the 28th! – My 28 London List

Happy birthday to me! It’s the special one – the one where your age and the date match. Glorious. I’ll be out celebrating with a few of my closest friends at my favourite Moroccan restaurant tonight.

In the meantime, I have put together a list of 28 things I want to do in London whilst I’m 28. Any suggestions I shouldn’t miss out on, leave them in the comments and if I haven’t already been there, done that, I’ll add it to my list. Also, if you’ve done any of these things, tell me if they are worth it!

1.) Find a shop or market stall that sells interesting jewellery making supplies for my Etsy creations. Any suggestions?

2.) Interview at least one different Londoner each week for LLO. Any volunteers?

3.) Visit the Thames barrier.

4.) Take a tour of Dennis Severs House on one of the Monday night candlelight tours.

5.) Learn how to take those awesome streaky, long-exposure night photographs.

5.) Enrol in a Spanish course.

6.) Cocktails or wine, a brownie and a film and Electric Cinema on Portobello Road.

7.) Meet Graham and walk around Camden with our cameras. He doesn’t know that yet but he might now.

8.) Go on a street art walking tour around the East End.

9.) Visit as many cemeteries as I can find to take photos. Know any good ones I may not have been to?

10.) Take a photograph of this muddy canal bit with the reflection of a very colourful building that I can see out of the Southeastern train window coming into London Bridge just before Deptford.

11.) Go on an organised photo walk in an area of London I’ve never explored.

12.) Have a market stall at least one weekend to sell the jewellery I make.

13.) Find some quirky new local-ish pubs to try like The Cat’s Back in Wandsworth.

14.) Take a class at The Make Lounge.

15.) Get a bike. Use it.

16.) Play ping pong at The Book Club in Shoreditch.

17.) Check out the cushion-y beer garden at The Eagle in Shepherd’s Bush in the summer.

18.) Discover a new favourite bookshop, restaurant and coffee shop.

19.) Track down the best Sunday Roast with the best atmosphere.

20.) Secret Cinema.

21.) Draw on the walls at The Doodle Bar in Battersea.

22.) Try some teas from around the world at Postcard Teas on Bond Street.

23.) See a film at Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise. Funny enough, I lived in Kensal Green two years, walked down Chamberlayne Road a million and one times and never went here.

24.) Check out the Pergola and Hill Garden in Hampstead in the Spring.

25.) Take pictures of the Traffic Light Tree near Canary Wharf.

26.) Eat in the dark at Dans le Noir in Clerkenwell.

27.) Check out St George’s Gardens near Euston.

28.) Walk into London very early one morning to see the sun rise on nearly empty streets.

So, help me celebrate my 28th. One of the best birthday presents would be to recommend a favourite place in London that I need to know about! Thank you!

19 comments on “28 on the 28th! – My 28 London List

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! A lot of your items on your list are so enticing – some I’ve done – some I’ve never thought of and I’ve lived here for 20 years!

    As for cemeteries – well – I love every single London cemetery there is! However I fully recommend: Nunhead, Kensal Green, Brockley and Ladywell, obviously Highgate (!), Brompton, West Norwood … oh too many! I’m starting up London Necropolis again this week so you can have a gander at my photos and see which you like 😉

    Also – if you want to interview a Londoner – I don’t mind offering my services. I’ve been photographing London cemeteries for a few years, exhibited my work at Dissenter’s Gallery in Kensal Green, I teach here and I do other photography bits and pieces around the city!

    • Thank you!

      Ooo, I haven’t been to Brockley, Ladywell or West Norwood cemeteries. Those are going on the list for sure!

      Definitely I’d love to interview you. I’ll send some questions over in a few weeks or so when things calm down. 🙂 I remember reading about your work being shown at the Dissenter’s Gallery. Maybe you left me a comment about it before… not sure. I used to live in Kensal Green so that was more or less on my doorstep!

  2. Happy birthday…

    Ahh… lists… I hope you manage to tick some of the boxes.

    That muddy canal, that you mention (10)… is Deptford Creek, it is the estury of a group of little rivers that rise in the north downs… My particular bit (The Beck) rises in West Wickham (Spring Park) round the back of a block of council flats. Like Livingstone, I traipsed through the woods, searching for the source during a period of convalescence.

    The Beck is one of the rivers that feeds the Ravensbourne, which in turn becomes the Quaggy, in Lewisham unfortunately, much of it is culverted.

    Anyway, I haven’t done this (but my sister has), there is a bloke called Paul Talling…


    He conducts all sorts of unusual walking tours, and occasionally, one of those is an exploration of Deptford Creek.

    • Oh yes, of course – Deptford Creek! I did know that, but couldn’t think of the name of it for the life of me while I was writing. I definitely want to explore that area more. We took a cab through Deptford a few weeks ago and I spotted some interesting street art as well.

      I think I read about that lost rivers site on Londonist a while ago. Sounds interesting. I’d be up for doing one of those. Your sister said it’s worth doing?

      • Yes, she has mentioned and recommended him a number of times… She has just given me his book on lost rivers for Christmas.

        I’m a bit of a lone walker though, I can concentrate, and walk really fast, and stop/slow when something catches my eye.

      • My other half and his son did the Paul Talling walk a while back – I was too busy with work to go – apparently it’s excellent and he’s shown me some of the highlights when we’ve been past them!

  3. Happy Birthday, thanks for all the great articles in the past and I look forward to reading about the 28 projects for this year.

  4. Happy birthday! Something else to celebrate alongside your return to London…time for those blogger drinks, methinks…

  5. Hi Steph, what about a tour of London’s oldest manufacturer? The bell foundry in Whitechapel was founded in the 16th century and cast the Liberty bell and Big Ben. The wooden shape things for these bells are still there. It’s a great little tour through a factory where you really feel you are stepping back in time. There are photo’s on my flickr page of my tour http://www.flickr.com/photos/maggiejones/sets/72157605557435886/
    Here’s the link to their website:

  6. As to the walk in a part of London you’ve never explored, check out http://www.urbanglue.co.uk — Marc Clark does a fantastic walk by the Albert Dock, also taking in Tate & Lyle, Thames Barrier Park and all kinds of neighbourhoods in between, the theme being urban regeneration. I had no idea of what to expect when we signed up for it, I had a great time as did my unsuspecting relatives who were dragged along with me!

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