The Bucket and Spade List Part 1

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You’ve heard of the Bucket List, right? Starting off as a list of things to do before you die, it’s become a generic term for a list of cool stuff you want to do. So, we’ve hijacked that for our list of not-so-cool stuff we want to do before the end of the summer. In a moment of hilariousness, I’ve called it “The Bucket and Spade List”. More excitingly, we’ve already started on one of the items. We are all over this.

So, here it is…

The LWAT Bucket and Spade List Summer 2014


1) Go to Leytonstone

Let’s start with this one and it can only get more glamourous. It’s been five months since we moved to East London and Leytonstone is still as unknown to me as the logic behind the TfL bus schedule. Everyone tells me there’s not much there, but there has to be something….right?

2) Spend some time on the Met Line

Another piece of London that is almost entirely unknown to us and therefore should be explored at some point. Maybe we’ll go to Pinner and learn to make amazing papercuts. Or maybe we’ll just go to Pinner…

3) Find a softplay with decent coffee and wifi

This one’s self-explanatory. It’s also like the Holy Grail. Not being extortionately expensive would help too.

4) Go on a boat of some kind

I love how open-ended this one is. Pedalo? HMS Belfast? Thames Clipper? It looks to be an easy win, which means we almost certainly won’t get round to doing it. But what’s more summery than a boat trip, hey?

5) Try Nancy’s Pantry in Dalston

Another self-explanatory one- my hipster parent friends have been raving about this for ages, so it’s time to find an ironic hat and grow a goatee. And also go to Dalston.

6) Order something different at Nandos

Chicken pitta combo with corn and peri-peri chips. It’s been 15 years now. I need to break out a little. Maybe with some coleslaw?

7) Notch up some more city farms

We’ve done Vauxhall, Newham and Hackney…but there are literally some more out there. Reuben was very keen to huggle some sheep on a recent trip to Yorkshire so maybe he’ll get the opportunity.

8) Visit the RAF Museum

This museum has been on my to-visit list for just aaaaagggggeeeesss and now it’s just down the North Circular. Maybe this summer will finally be its time…

9) Find some of those book benches

There are benches all over London, in the shape of books. And that’s the one we’ve actually started on! More on that later…

10) Go to Clissold Park

Like the RAF Museum, this has been a to-do for ever and ever. I’ve heard it’s nice and I’ve heard it’s where “Abney and Teal” is set. I’ll report back.

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10 Responses to The Bucket and Spade List Part 1

  1. Natasha says:

    The RAF museum has been on my list too! My almost 2 1/2 yr old loves aeroplanes. May do it next week.

    For an indoor toddler play area that’s reasonable and I think has free wifi (and good coffee) is Topsy Turvy at Brent Cross.

    Good Luck getting through your list xx

    • katese11 says:

      Thanks! If it’s at Brent Cross I could combine it with the RAF Museum. …Hmmm..

      Hope your 2.5yo enjoys the planes 🙂

  2. Donna says:

    Yep I’m not sure there’s much in Leytonstone! But enjoy looking 😉

    Another great farm that’s free is the Surrey Docks one.


    • katese11 says:

      Good tip, thanks!

      I checked the visitlondon page for Leytonstone. .. First thing on it was a post office! Be still my beating heart. ..

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  5. Stroll London says:

    Leytonstone is coming up in the world. It has a lovely big church which does all sorts; jumbles and free lunchtime concerts (not too good for toddlers, I know.) It has a great library with art exhibitions, plays, comedy nights etc and next door is the Stone Space Art gallery.
    On Saturdays Organiclea sells fresh-grown veg outside Matalan. There’s a massive Tesco. There’s a great bridleway walk parallel to the High Street which leads down to where Jonathan Ross lived as a child. On Leytonstone Road itself is The Rabbit Hole for parents/carers and their charges. Loads of lovely eateries sprung up recently and The Red Lion pub had a wash and brush-up. Brilliant Cathal Road Baths still under refurbishment. I used to live in E11 years ago when it was a cheap buyer’s market. Wanstead Flats off Cann Hall Road of course.

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