The 2018 Wishlist

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 [2019] 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.

If you’d like some more inspiration for your own wishlist you could read:
The 2016 wishlist
The 2017 wishlist

There’s also a few different guides that are mainly London under the ‘Guides’ section.

Image credits: Top row – RHS Wisley/ West Wittering/ Bradford Upon Avon; Middle row – Bun House/ Shere/ Udderlicious; Bottom row – Beagle/ Ripley Farmers’ Market/ Natural History Museum.



  1. Julia
    January 14, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Oxford is great I’ve not been going here in 2017 but. Would say ghees for breakfast ! It’s n lots blue it’s but it’s yum . Tour of the bodkin the s great and climbing university church tower .

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      January 14, 2018 / 8:06 pm

      Oh thanks so much for the Oxford tips!!

    • Julia
      January 14, 2018 / 8:07 pm

      Sorry I’ve only started going here in 2017 so many fun places to go. Ghees is on lots of blogs but it’s definitely worth it. Tour of the Bodleian is really good and university church tower.

      • ThisCityLifeLondon
        January 14, 2018 / 9:11 pm

        I can imagine Oxford is one of those places you could visit more than once. Especially in different seasons like spring and autumn!

  2. January 15, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    Udderlicious is indeed brilliant- I assume you know they’ve now got a branch in Seven Dials which might be more convenient for you than their original one in Islington.

    Oxford is fabulous, I know it pretty well from having various friends/relatives who studied there including my other half. You’ve probably already been to the Bodleian Library but if not then you must go. The botanic gardens are lovely for a wander and if you fancy a museum then both the Ashmolean and the Pitt-Rivers are brilliant. The best Thai restaurant I’ve ever been to in my life is in Oxford, called Chiang Mai Kitchen (it’s also in a beautiful old historic building) and, since you like ice cream, you HAVE to go to G&D’s for dessert!!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      January 15, 2018 / 9:23 pm

      Brilliant tips as ever, Anita! Thank you!Do you have many plans for this year?

      • January 20, 2018 / 3:00 pm

        So far lots of provisional things but very few definites in the diary!! Within London- have tickets for Cinderella at Sadler’s Wells and also for Hamilton in the next few weeks, looking forward to both. Also going to ‘Chambers of Flavour’ immersive dining experience in March- went to their previous one ‘Juniper Manor’ last year which was fab so have high hopes for this one!
        Further afield- planning a long weekend in Seville over Easter. My other half’s best mate is getting married in Cambridge in May so that probably means a long weekend in Cambridge (fine by me as I love it!) and my cousin is getting married in America in June so that might mean a trip over there… we’ll see how it all pans out!!

  3. January 16, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    Great list! I’ve posted about my visit to Oxford – I loved having scones and tea at the Grand Cafe – supposedly the oldest coffee house in England! I love the look of West Wittering Beach… may have to add that to the list too. And Udderlicious… I don’t care how many times I go, I can always fit more in! 🙂

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