100 things to write about
Below are some ideas for articles. Dates of activities should be checked out before attending via relevant websites, but are an indication as to what is going on in and around London.
1. Fairs – there are loads of these happening at the moment around the capital. Check out local churches, local youth centres and junior schools.
2. School productions – most schools are putting on productions but if your school isn’t then check out other schools including any relatives’ school.
3. School events – there are loads of things happening this term. Carol concerts, plays, speakers coming into school.
4. Extra curricular activities run by your school – there will be loads of these and it is worth going along and asking whether you can write an article about it. It is good publicity for the school.
5. Local Amateur Dramatic Group – find one near you. They will love you if you go along and write up about their forthcoming production. You may even get free tickets to see the show. Speak to the main actors - you will be able to give them a taste of fame.
6. Women’s Institute – these ladies meet every week and run knitting circles, craft activities. They will be more than happy to speak with you as it gives them free publicity and you will probably be offered a cup of tea and slice of cake.
7. Local clubs – rowing, badminton, tennis, football, table tennis, hockey, polo, swimming, the list is endless. Go along and speak to them. These clubs are always looking for new members so it is a great way to give them publicity.
8. Natural History Museum- Come face-to-face with a roaring T-Rex and experience the earthquake simulator.
9. Sir John Soane's Museum - examine treasures at a 19th-century townhouse.
10. Museum of London- explore the fascinating history of England's capital.
11. Bank of England Museum - hold a genuine bar of gold.
12. Victoria and Albert Museum- be inspired by the beautiful objects on display.
13. Museum of London Docklands - learn about the history of the river Thames.
14. William Morris Gallery - discover the life and works of one of Britain’s most inspiring designers.
15. Queen's House – Greenwich.
16. Hampton Court – the grounds are free.
17. National Maritime Museum – Greenwich.
18. .Grant Museum of Zoology - Marvel at the Jar of Moles.
19. Horniman Museum - see the gigantic overstuffed walrus
20. British Museum - be wowed by the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.
21. Imperial War Museum - be dazzled by the 400 exhibits – including a Spitfire and a Harrier fighter jet – on display.
22. Doughnut Time World in Holborn - swing by this neon-lit, pastel-coloured indoor playground and grab yourself a doughnut whilst you're there.
23. Portobello market – the world’s largest antiques market.
24. Surrey Street Market, Croydon – one of the oldest markets in London dating back to the 13th century.
25. Crystal Palace Park - see the world's oldest dinosaur sculptures.
26. Ragged School Museum - see what life was like for the poor and destitute of London's East End during the late 1800s.
27. Spitalfields Market – cutting edge fashion, unique interiors, original artworks and artisan food.
28. The Anaesthesia Museum - take your pain away with a visit to this quirky attraction charts the history of anaesthesia from 1846 to the present day.
29. London Sewing Machine Museum - browse old sewing machines.
30. Camden Lock - packed with stalls trading in handmade clothes and jewellery, music memorabilia, objects from ages past and authentic food.
31. Science Gallery London - examine exhibitions spanning art, health and science.
32. Wellcome Collection - to see a bunch of marvellously weird objects, including an ancient mummy, Napoleon's toothbrush and Darwin's walking stick.
33. Wimbledon Common – visit the common and see the windmill.
34. Richmond Park – for loads of wildlife. Good if you are keen on photography.
35. Park Vista - see the Prime Meridian line.
36. Bushy Park - home to 320 free-roaming deer.
37. Hyde Park – visit Winter Wonderland.
38. Kensington Gardens – visit the Peter Pan statue.
39. St James's Park - watch the pelicans being fed every day at 2.30pm. Also look out for water birds, owls, woodpeckers and bats.
40. Royal Festival Hall – ride the singing elevator.
41. Vauxhall City Farm - meet ferrets, bunnies, alpacas and more.
42. Mudchute Farm and Park - see farm animals.
43. Platform 9 ¾ at King's Cross - push a trolley through to Harry Potter's magical world.
44. Southbank Centre - watch the skateboarders performing death-defying tricks.
45. Gabriel's Wharf - Go mudlarking; the city equivalent of beachcombing.
47. Covent Garden – watch the street entertainers.
48. Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground – a great adventure playground for small children. They can be pirates for the day on Captain Hook's huge wooden pirate ship. Speak to the local mums at the playground.
49. Tumbling Bay playground - splash about in rock pools and balance on wobbly bridges.
50. Science Museum - see amazing exhibits, including the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket.
51. V&A Museum of Childhood – explore the museum where you'll find dolls' houses, games and construction toys dating back to the 1600s.
52. Changing the Guard – daily ceremony outside Buckingham Palace.
53. Abbey Road - follow in the footsteps of The Beatles by crossing the famous zebra crossing that's featured on their album cover.
54. Trafalgar Square – 9 -24 December Christmas carols.
55. Trafalgar Square Christmas tree lighting up ceremony - Thursday 5 Dec, 18:00 – 19:30. Christmas is on its way once more - and in one of London’s favourite traditions, the famous Norwegian Christmas Tree will soon begin its journey to Trafalgar Square.
56. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Explore the parkland, waterways and striking venues.
57. Christmas Markets – these are popping up all over the place in a town near to you.
58. Piccadilly Circus - see the Christmas lights.
59. Princess Diana Memorial Fountain - made from 545 pieces of Cornish granite.
60. Supreme Court - observe a case at the UK’s final court of appeal.
61. Greenwich Park - Soak up sweeping views across the river Thames and central London from.
62. Sky Garden - for some of the best views of the capital from the heady heights of 155m (509ft).
63. Southbank – there are always lots of things happening at South Bank so it is worth a trip to speak to the street performers.
64. Little Venice – follow the towpath to discover a slew of waterfront cafes and pubs.
65. Strawberry Tours - join one of the fascinating free London walking tours.
66. Barbican Conservatory - alive with tropical plants, trees and fish.
67. Holland Park - achieve Zen in Kyoto Japanese Garden.
68. Postman's Park - where acts of heroism are marked.
69. Columbia Road Flower Market - flower fans can soak up the floral colours and aromas.f
70. St Dunstan in the East Gardens - explore the magical ruins of a church bombed in the Blitz.
71. Sherling Backstage Walkway - see prop-makers and theatre designers working behind the scenes at the National Theatre by walking along its walkway.
72. God's Own Junkyard - home to Europe's largest collection of vintage neon signs.
73. White Cube Gallery, Bermondsey - see contemporary art.
74. The Curve at the Barbican Centre - hosts a string of free temporary exhibitions. Learn about contemporary artists.
75. Royal College of Music - hear talented musicians studying at the performing free lunchtime and rush-hour concerts across London.
76. Hootananny Brixton - dance along to ska, roots, reggae and folk rhythms at which offers loads of free gigs.
77. Royal Academy of Music - see accomplished musicians performing.
78. Southbank Centre - holds regular free musical performances in the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.
79. St Martin-in-the-Fields church - discover free lunchtime concerts.
80. The Troubadour - tap your feet to live jazz every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
81. Guildhall Art Gallery - see the remains of London's Roman amphitheatre in the basement.
82. Southwark Cathedral, the oldest cathedral church building in London.
83. Kenwood House - a stunning stately home designed by 18th-century Scottish architect Robert Adam on the edge of Hampstead Heath.
84. The Scoop - outdoor amphitheatre, situated on the south side of the River near Tower Bridge.
85. Somerset House - check out the skating.
86. Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park - hear some free speech as London's most vocal orators share their opinions.
87. St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Missing People carol service - Mon, 9 Dec, 18:30 – 19:30.
88. Kia Oval Cricket Ground in London - hosts the World’s Big Sleep Out on 7 December. Thousands of people around the world will sleep out in unison to create the World’s largest display of solidarity with and in support of those experiencing homelessness and displacement. Our dedicated fundraisers sleep out on the cold, concrete stands of the stadium after hearing from Big Issue vendors with first-hand experience of homelessness.
89. Crisis at Christmas – find a centre and write about what they are doing to help the homeless.
90. Regent’s Canal – close to Camden Lock and definitely worth a walk along the waterways. Follow the towpath and find the Pirate Castle.
91. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home – visit the home and speak to the people running it. A lot of animals are abandoned at Christmas and this is a great way to highlight their plight.
92. Shelter in Croydon – helping those who have fallen on hard times. They are always happy to speak to people to highlight their cause.
93. Trafalgar Square Christmas Market - 8 Nov 2019 - A new Christmas Market will open on the North Terrace of the world famous Trafalgar Square on Friday 8th November. With 34 wooden chalets displaying lots of merchandise.
94. Blessing of the Crib in Trafalgar Square – Sunday 8 December 5.30 to 6.30pm. A dramatisation of the Christmas nativity for today, with carols, action, music, prayer and a live donkey. Meet on the church steps at 5.20pm for a torch-lit procession to Trafalgar Square led by the Salvation Army Band with the Choir and Clergy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
95. Menorah Lighting Ceremony - see the giant menorah light up for Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights, in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday 5 December. Get set for a jam-packed evening with live music, dancing and festivities.
96. Santa Fun Run – www.pah.org.uk – find a venue near you.
97. Shoreditch – see the graffiti, markets, street performers.
98. China Town – take a trip around the area.
99. Leicester Square – see the lights, performers, M&N World, the Lego Store, Bubble Gump Shrimp.
100. Hamleys Toy Store – visit the oldest toy store in London to check out the goods.