The 2017 Wishlist

I really enjoyed having a wishlist for the year last year, so I’ve decided to do another for 2017! Firstly it’s fun to think of all the things I really want to do. Secondly, although (as last year proved), it often ends up hard to manage it all, it’s the first place I go to when I just can’t think of what to do.

Hopefully, what I’ve shared in this post will give you a little bit of inspiration for your very own wishlist or a place to come back to if you need an idea too.

Here goes…


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1. Take a bike ride through Epping Forest. I still love the idea of the wind rushing through my hair, the light dappling through the trees and pockets of peacefulness you can’t find as easily in the central parks.

2. Visit Ham House and Petersham Nurseries in spring. I visited Petersham Nurseries on a whim the other week and it really is a lovely place to potter around. There was a wedding on at the time so I didn’t stay long but I’d like to go back for tea and a wander.

3. See a lavender field in season. It looks like a photographer’s dream and I bet it smells amazing.

4. Go to Hampton Court when the leaves are green. James and I have had plans to visit for ages, I think it would be perfect those first few exciting weekend when the winter frost has thawed, the sunshine feels warming and the breeze feels refreshing.

5. Explore Walthamstow. It’s one of those areas that seems to be evolving at a rapid pace. I’m thinking a wander around the village, a potter inside the William Morris Gallery, a rummage in God’s own junkyard and either sandwiches at Hillman’s tea room or cocktails at Mother’s Ruin.

6.Visit Wakehurst Gardens. I’m able to visit for free as part of a corporate perk so it makes sense to try to check out Kew’s little sister.

7. Wander around Syon House. Talking of Kew reminded me that I should try to make it over the river from Kew Gardens to explore Syon House.

8. A day trip to Oxford. I’ve been once a very long time ago and my lovely friend Ashley (a former student) tells me I should definitely make a return visit.

9. A weekend in Wales. We used to visit Barmouth and the sand dunes of Dyffryn Ardudwy almost every summer as a child and I loved it. I haven’t been in so long and I keep seeing some great views of the Welsh countryside so I think it’s about time I planned a return trip.

10. A Sunday at Seven Sisters. I’ve seen so many pictures of Eastbourne and Beachy Head on Instagram, but Jessi’s trip last summer definitely inspired me to turn a sight-seeing visit into a long walk along the Seven Sisters. The bracing sea breeze and stunning views would blow any cobwebs away.

Here’s six more I’m carrying forward from 2016:

11. Afternoon Tea, ideally at Sketch. It’s been so long since my last afternoon tea and I still haven’t tried Sketch. Have you had an amazing afternoon tea recently? I’d love any other recommendations.

12. Dishoom for the bacon naan and bottomless chai. I still need to try it!

13. The Rumpus Room at the Mondrian Hotel for cocktails. I’ll need at least one cocktail hour in 2017.

14. Druid Street Market for Saturday lunch. It’s still got to be an ideal weekend activity.

15. Bread Ahead Bakery School for the Introduction to French Baking, Doughnut or Pizza Workshops. I hope I can manage to get tickets for one of these, it would be so fun.

16. An autumn wander at Winkworth Arboretum. I love seeing the season in different places and this will be on my wishlist until I visit.

17. Book tickets for the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House for me and my sister, maybe the Nutcracker at Christmas (seeing as I don’t have a festive one for the list this year!).

With a city break wishlist I’m currently itching to work through, a potential house to buy and only 52 weekends in the year it’s probably definitely impossible to do it all, but as I said before it’ll at least give me some inspiration when I need a break or something to look forward too!

What’s on your wishlist for 2017?



  1. January 19, 2017 / 9:42 am

    I do like your lists, they’re always inspiring!! I went to the Nutcracker at ROH in December (yes as well as the Christmas concert at the Royal Albert Hall!) and it was lovely. The William Morris gallery in Walthamstow is also lovely though I haven’t explored much of the rest of Walthamstow…I should do that!! Oxford is definitely worth a visit; my other half studied there so we go quite often but I always love just wandering around, it’s so beautiful!! On the subject of afternoon teas we recently had the chocolate afternoon tea at the Hilton on Park Lane and it was amazing; chocolate chip scones spread with chocolate praline spread were just delicious!

    On my list for 2017 are: Richmond Park (think I possibly said this last year but I STILL haven’t been!), cocktails at the top of the Shard (I’ve been up the Shard before but not for drinks; and everything is better with a cocktail isn’t it?!), the new Portobello Star (home of Portobello Road Gin) in Notting Hill and going to the Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens next month (I love orchids!)

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      March 30, 2017 / 9:21 am

      I’m glad you enjoy them! I certainly like hearing what you have planned too and getting your views on what’s on my list! Richmond Park is great, if you’ve got the time I’d also squeeze in Petersham Gardens and Ham House. I’ve only been to the gardens but they’re so lovely and such a nice place to have lunch or explore the shops. You’ll have seen I went to Kew recently, I’m sure I’ll be back again when the summer blooms, or even just for the bluebell wood.