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Conquering every place listed in Time Out London's 1000 Things To Do in London and writing about them.

Snap the best views of London from Tower Bridge

Whether you’re a tourist, an adopted Londoner or a born-and-bred city dweller, nothing makes you feel more ‘I’m in London’ than a walk across Tower Bridge. London Thing 1 of 1000: Take in the view from Tower Bridge. They say you’re supposed to save the first for last, or something like that. I was meaning to save this top-of-the-list item for my last day in London or the end of this …

#871: Walking Under Water

It’s not often that you get to go under water without getting wet, so perhaps it’s no surprise that this Victorian-era curiosity ended up in the 1,000 Things guide. Construction started in 1899, and the tunnel opened three years later to replace the expensive and unreliable ferry service that took workers from the south side of the River Thames to London’s docklands. (No, I’m not talking about today’s River Boat …

#16: Ode from a Rotting Apple

I thought I was safe. How could I have ever seen this coming? It was the first one she crossed off the list, damning it to the heap of the Not-Worth-Doings. #16: Get your hands on the latest Apple gadget. “Why on earth would this be included in London’s 1,000 best things?” she said, frowning. “Especially in the top 20…” I breathed a sigh of relief, though then she just …

#211: Remain Undaunted by Daunt Books

Even if you don’t have anything on the to-read list, stop at Daunt Books in Marylebone to browse the books and ogle the gorgeous Edwardian architecture. It’s quiet just inside the dark wooden doors, away the from the midday phone conversations and the cafe-bound lunchers on Marylebone High Street. Here, all you can hear are fingers quietly flicking through the pages and the occasional scratch of another potential taken off the …

How To Be an American in a Foreign Country

There’s no place like home, except when home can’t be tied down to one place. Two years ago this month, I moved to London. I had been living in Germany for the best part of the year before that, and now I was flying back to Europe after a short two-week break at home in the US. I didn’t know how long I was going to be in London. In …

Become a fanatic at the Fan Museum

You could say that Greenwich and I are polar opposites. I come from a place that’s 650 miles from the nearest sea, a place where the most famous watersport is antique bathtub racing in our local river (well, until everyone stopped doing that). I come from a place where sushi should never set foot because it’s probably grown feet by the time it’s gotten there. Greenwich, on the other hand, …

Psychoanalyse the London Freud Museum

Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, lived out his last year in a quiet side street in Hampstead in northwest London. Based on detailed notes, he recreated his study here exactly as it was in Vienna, sofa and all, now home to the Freud Museum. London Thing 17 of 1000: Visit the Freud Museum. Sigmund Freud spent the last year of his life in London after escaping from Nazi-occupied Austria. Just …

London: A Place is Worth 1,000 Posts

“I hope you have a good birthday, but it’s time for you to come home now.” It’s been 960 days since I moved away, and it was only supposed to be 365. My family’s thoughts about this time difference have gotten significantly less subtle in the last 100. It was only supposed to be one country, one visa. Then it was two countries. And it will be four visas by the …