Defining one hundred things

This is the rough list which will be whittled down into the one hundred things on 1st August 2010.  Valid suggestions will all go on here, not in any particular order.  They’re all things I’ve not done before and suggestions will be taken through blog comments, Twitter (@nickjeffery) and from my friends on Facebook.  If you need the back story, have a look at the About page.

So, here we go:

  1. Go on the Waterloo & City line
  2. Visit Madame Tussaud’s
  3. Swim in the Serpentine
  4. Watch darts at Alexandra Palace
  5. Drive around the M25
  6. Have a drink at Vertigo 42
  7. Watch Prime Minister’s Questions from the public gallery at the House of Commons
  8. See someone get sent down at the Old Bailey (hat tip to Callum May; original was RCJ)
  9. Visit the Bank of England museum
  10. Enjoy a refreshing pint, at 6am, in Smithfield’s market
  11. Go on the Fuller’s brewery tour
  12. Eat at an Angus Steak House
  13. Watch Mayor’s Question Time at the Greater London Assembly building
  14. Visit the HMS Belfast
  15. Visit the Tower of London; witness the Ceremony of the Keys
  16. Go to the London Dungeons
  17. Do some wine tasting at Vinopolis
  18. Have afternoon tea somewhere you have to dress smartly
  19. Soak up some culture by attending a BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall
  20. Go ice skating at Somerset House
  21. Orchestrate a Monopoly board pub crawl
  22. Mooch around Kew Gardens
  23. Monkey about at London Zoo
  24. See a film at the Imax Cinema
  25. Partake in a Circle line pub crawl
  26. Present a programme on a London radio station
  27. Be a foot passenger on the Woolwich Ferry
  28. Hire a boat on the Thames (or canal)
  29. Have a helicopter tour of the city
  30. Attend the Lord Mayor’s Show
  31. Pay homage to Top Minder Locations
  32. Behave regally in Buckingham Palace
  33. Be an extra in EastEnders
  34. Be involved in a pub quiz in each London postal town (E, EC, N, NW, SE, SW, W, WC)
  35. Eat at Konstam, where most ingredients are sourced from within the M25
  36. Watch an edition of London Tonight
  37. Visit Kenwood House
  38. Have a look at Karl Marx’s grave
  39. Visit the Pumping Station
  40. Have a shisha on the Edgware Road
  41. See Chas & Dave live
  42. Mutter things in the Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathederal
  43. Eat a picnic in Temple Gardens
  44. Phone in to the Robert Elms programme on BBC London 94.9
  45. Go for a curry in Tooting
  46. Rock out to a gig at The Roundhouse
  47. Nod approvingly at Changing the Guard
  48. Visit the newly interactive Museum of London
  49. Fail to be interested by paintings at Tate Britain
  50. Get the DLR down to the Museum of London Docklands
  51. Clamber up Monument
  52. Get excited by engineery things in the Tower Bridge Exhibition and attend an event on the walkways
  53. See a funny person tell jokes at the Hammersmith Apollo
  54. Form a joke band; get a photo on Abbey Road zebra crossing; perform once; disband
  55. Do an open mic spot
  56. Pass through all Underground stations in one day of operation
  57. Go to all of Fancy A Pint‘s five pint London pubs
  58. Speak at Speakers’ Corner
  59. A night out at Ronnie Scott’s
  60. Get into the Long Room at Lord’s
  61. Go to a Richard Herring gig with people mentioned in his book (now with 50% off at Amazon)
  62. Take a trip to Eel Pie Island. Don’t try to annexe it (like Danny Wallace did)
  63. Attend a football match at Wembley
  64. Attend a rugby game at Twickenham
  65. Lounge in all Royal Parks
  66. Make an investment on the London Stock Exchange
  67. Assess the decor in Doctor Johnson’s house
  68. See what Stringfellow’s is all about
  69. Stand up at The Globe (short play preferred)
  70. Have a letter printed in the Evening Standard
  71. Successfully pretend, for one day, to be a foreign tourist
  72. Make it to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
  73. Attend a fundraising function for each of the three major political parties
  74. Walk around Hogarth’s House
  75. Drink port in a St. James’s club
  76. Watch butch men sell flowers at Covent Garden Flower Market
  77. Escape the maze, and look at dinosaurs, in Crystal Palace Park
  78. Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Leicester Square
  79. Cocktails at The Savoy
  80. Cycle the Regent’s Canal towpath
  81. Buy something seafood-y at Billingsgate, then cook it
  82. Sir John Soanes’ Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields
  83. Old Operating Theatre in Southwark
  84. Ride on London’s only steam railway
  85. Try to find the Big Breakfast house
  86. Dine at The Ivy
  87. Find a way out of the Hampton Court Palace maze
  88. Lord it at the Notting Hill Carnival
  89. Attend a choral service at Westminster Abbey
  90. Snap a decent wildlife photo at the London Wetland Centre
  91. Banger racing at Wimbledon Stadium
  92. Cigar and champagne at The Terrace Garden
  93. Window shop at London Silver Vaults
  94. Eat meat from The Meat Wagon
  95. Explore Dennis Severs’ house
  96. Visit The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe; keep an eye out for Thames Tunnel tours
  97. Visit a disused Tube station
  98. Ride on old Tube stock
  99. Visit Neasden Temple
  100. Be a rampant commercialist at Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
  101. Bee excited at the Chelsea Physic Garden
  102. Cover my head at the Bevis Marks Synagogue
  103. Go on an east London museum crawl
  104. Tour the Clock Tower
  105. Jeer at a York Hall fight
  106. Get around to visiting the Wellcome Collection
  107. Enter a Shoot London photography competition
  108. Do a length, and back, of Tooting Bec Lido (180m; best swimming certificate I have is 100m)
  109. Partake in an Alternative Tube Challenges day
  110. Join in the Chap Olympiad
  111. Race someone on a Boris Bike
  112. A tour of London’s sewers (@paulwebster says: elusive but reportedly possible)

If you’re reading this, and have some ideas, be a star and pop them in a comment.  Ta.  If you fancy joining me on one of these Things, get in touch.

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12 thoughts on “Defining one hundred things

  1. What an awesome idea! How about:
    - swim in the Thames
    - cycle the Regents Canal towpath
    - buy something seafood-y in Billingsgate (and cook it?)

  2. Re: 8. Unless you get a particularly juicy libel case, there is not much courtroom drama in evidence at the RCJ. You’re better off at the Old Bailey where with a careful study of that morning’s “in court today”column in the Times, you are pretty much guaranteed at least a charge of some sort of serious violence. You can also go to its legendarily shit cafeteria, and then catch up with whichever of your colleagues is lucky enough to be parked round the corner in the radio car, reading a book.

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  4. I was going to suggest the John Soanes Museum but I see you have it at #82 – I recommend it.

    I also recommend – but suspect you have probably already seen it – the Royal Observatory at Greenwich. Go by boat.

  5. I pretty sure number 56 is impossible.
    The rest – what a brilliant list. Cabinet War Rooms is the only other thing that spring to mind.
    Oh and what about those east london Jack The ripper walks?

  6. Brunel’s foot tunnel under the Thames at Greenwich.
    Woolwich Ferry?
    View from Parliament Hill? (Hampstead Heath)
    Try to locate all exit points of the Thames tributary rivers…a bit trainspotterish perhaps..
    Go to the top of Canary Wharf
    Apparently there are some ancient caves under Islington Upper Street, but I never managed to find them.

  7. Find the Broadcasting House basement that allegedly has a trap door leading down to the Bakerloo line. According to my London Under London book.
    I’m now starting to sound like a total geek, so I’ll sign off, eh?

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