2018 is probably the first year in a while that looks wide open for weekend plans and holidays. There’s only two weddings, a few family visits and trips to see friends in the diary so far! But with a  wedding of our own to organise, I guess I’ve purposely not made many definite plans, just quite a lot of pondering during these grey January days.
In theory, this should mean I’ll have plenty of time to enjoy doing things I want to do this year and a list full of ideas, but I actually struggled a little bit to put this year’s wishlist together. I suspect this is partly due to having had a blog for six years now (WOW) and doing so much in those years, partly being between London and Surrey and being less aware of what’s on.
But I got there in the end! And I hope it gives you a little bit of inspiration. As it’s more half London and half not, perhaps it might encourage you to think about what’s really close by too. I’d love to know what you’ve got planned, so don’t forget to leave a comment.
1. Bun House & Tea Room – I’m going to do my best to eat more than my usual brunch, burger or pizza and remember there are more cuisines out there. I saw Bun House in one of those ‘down the rabbit hole’ social media sessions and thought it would be a good weekend or evening treat (if not also worthy of an Instagram.)
2. Brunch at The Good Egg – After having their original branch in Stoke Newington on my list for a while, you can imagine how happy I was to hear they’d opened a new branch in Kingly Court, Soho (firmly established as a food mecca in London). What’s more – it’s bookable too !
3. Meet Hope at the Natural History Museum – Blue Planet II has inspired me to think more about our beautiful oceans and it’s about time I saw the new instalment at the NHM. (Is it cheating if I went there after writing this list but before posting it!)
4. Find a coffee cupping workshop. I’ve gone to numerous coffee shops, visited a coffee farm, but never properly learnt how to taste coffee. I’m hoping this will be an easy one to sort out this year, but let me know if you’ve been to any good ones.
5. Ice cream at Udderlicious – I’m a *big* ice cream fan and last summer I saw so many cups of tasty ice cream from Udderlicious, but one way or another didn’t have time to get there. I’m totally rectifying that this year.
6. Fill up a basket with goods from Ripley Farmers’ Market – On to some local-to-me plans, Ripley is a quaint little village that has a farmers’ market the second weekend of the month. I’m hoping it’ll help satisfy the longing for London markets.
7. Explore some surrounding Surrey Villages – We went to Shere (where they filmed some of The Holiday) just before Christmas and I fell in love with its little cafe, cute cottages and gorgeous interior shops. I’m sure there must be more villages not too far from us to discover.
8. Soak up the sun at West Wittering beach – Beautiful beach huts on the south coast, need I say more? You can get there from London via a train from Victoria station to Chichester, followed by a bus to the shore.
9. An afternoon at RHS Wisley– I can happily spend a few hours in a pretty garden these days and luckily Wisley isn’t that far away from us. It also has a butterflies in the Glasshouse from now until the end of March, which would be amazing to photograph I’m sure. If you don’t have a car, you can get there by train and a taxi from the station (it’s about 7 miles from Woking, which is only a 25 minute journey from Waterloo.)
10.A day trip to Bradford Upon Avon – Quaint towns and villages are my thing right now and I’d love to see some outside of Surrey. I spotted this small town on the train to Bristol last year, I couldn’t help notice the warm honey coloured bricks you’ll be familiar with if you’ve been to Bath. I’m picturing tea and scones, a gentle wander along the River Avon and a rummage in antique shops.
Carrying over from last year’s list:
11. Day trip to Oxford. It’s been years since I visited for a day trip and I think it’ll be a must for spring. Have you been? What should I see?
12. Brunch at Dishoom. It’ll be on here until I finally have that bacon naan.
13. Afternoon Tea at Sketch. I *will* go to pink heaven and leave on a high of scones, cake and tea.
14. Cocktails at Dandelyan. After making it to the top spot of the World’s Best Bar list in 2017, it’s got to be a must-visit in 2018.
15. A trip to Seven Sisters. Another cheat since I know I’ll be going to Eastbourne this year.
As my life becomes half London, half Surrey, I hope you’ll continue enjoying the places I have to share this year.
There’s also a few different guides that are mainly London under the ‘Guides’ section.