I am getting so excited about the weather (slowly, very slowly) warming up in London so thought I’d put together a little Spring/Summer bucket list to fully embrace this season. This time last year was pretty busy pulling together all the last minute preparation for our wedding. Although I loved doing all the crafty bits and pieces, it didn’t leave much free time for long afternoons in the park in the sun. It’s so easy in London to just potter around the area you live in as it’s such a big city, but I’d like to make more of an effort to get out and about in London properly this summer.
Last weekend we had a glimmer of sun and I actually went outside without a coat! Yes I was still in tights and boots, but lately I’ve been layering spring dresses with long sleeve tops to get more use from them. Is anyone else just over wearing trousers and jumpers everyday!? Tobi sent me this lovely gingham dress which I’m looking forward to wearing on the beach in Spain in July too! So this is my London summer to-do list… I’d love to know any other ideas you have.
1/ Swim in Hampstead Ponds
I’ve wanted to do this since I got back last year, though I’m definitely a fair weather swimmer! I’m dreaming of one of those summer days when you know by 8am that it’s going to be a scorcher. I’d love to get there super early on a weekday and enjoy a dip before breakfast. I’ve yet to find a friend who will come with me ha!
2/ Sweatlife Festival
If you told me 5 years ago that I’d be excited about going to a fitness festival I would have thought you were bonkers! But my friend Polly and I have been popping to lots of Lululemon events this year and it’s so enjoyable to work out for fun with a friend. We’ve booked ourselves into back to back yoga and studio classes for the day and a few inspirational talks and I can’t wait.
3/ Make Rosé Sangria
Since having this in Ibiza four years ago, my friend Hannah and I have been dreaming of making it ourselves. I think this weekend might be the perfect time as we are going for a long weekend in Mallorca with the girls!
4/ Get back into Running
I’ve been saying this for a while but I miss running long distances! My knee is getting better after 6 weeks of resting so I’m going to start easing into it. My goal is to get the train into central London early one Saturday and run all the way home along the river.
5/ Visit the seaside
Alex and I went to Whitstable for the day last summer and it was so easy and cheap to hop on the train. I’ve been to Brighton but not many other seaside towns – any recommendations close to London?
6/ Read a lot
I’ve got back into reading in a big way in the past year. It’s the best escape and helps me to relax. I’m planning on doing a round up of books I’ve loved lately. The book I’m going to get stuck into this weekend is Little Fires Everywhere after recently enjoying Everything I Never Told You, both by Celeste Ng. Fiction has always been my favourite but I’m also dipping in and out of a few non-fiction books at the moment too, and learning a lot.
7/ Have Many Many Barbecues
Alex and I picked up a little second hand barbecue last summer but still haven’t got round to using it! There’s nothing I love more than barbecued veg, corn on the cob, charred haloumi, and a pile of delicious salads.
8/ Summer Picnics
I’m determined to organise as many picnics as possible this year! Preferably with friends, games of kubb, and Pimm’s. If not, just a picnic blanket and a book will do too.
9/ Perfect 3 New Salad Recipes
I love those exciting delicious salads you get in delis, but I tend to stick to the same recipes myself so I’d like to expand them for my work lunches this summer.
10/ Borough Market and Broadway Market
Borough market is so busy at the weekends but we plan to get up super early one morning and beat the crowds to enjoy some yummy food and coffee. Broadway Market seems to be less busy and I want to hit the vegan market next time I go! This list seems to be involving a lot of early mornings, doesn’t it…
11/ Street Food Markets
East and North-East London seem to get all the trendy street food festivals but I’d like to trek up there one summer evening to enjoy some alfresco food and drinks and soak up the atmosphere.
Writing my Spring/Summer bucket list made me feel all summery despite the pouring rain outside! What’s on your list?