The ULTIMATE bucket list: 10 things you NEED to do in 2019

things to do 2019

by Leighanne Bent |
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‘New Year, new you’ not working out? Same. Instead of making a heap of unmanageable changes to your already incredible life, why not make some changes that are actually fun? We got in touch with DesignMyNight for 10 things you need to do before the year is out, and believe us when we say - you’re gonna wanna do ‘em all.

From kidding around at a bar that’s Lego themed to drinking cocktails in a laundrette (that’s actually not a laundrette at all), consider this your personal bucket list for 2019...


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Dedicate An Entire Weekend To Brunch - London

Are you a sucker for avocado on toast and bottomless booze? Last year London got an entire weekend dedicated to brunch, where you could get access to special £10 and £20 deals in some of the capital's coolest hangouts. Brunch Weekender is thankfully set to return in 2019 and although a date hasn't been confirmed yet, we suggest you jump on the bandwagon and buy a ticket as soon as it is.

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Drink Free-Flowing G&Ts At Afternoon Tea - London

Buttery scones weighed down with raspberry jam, dainty finger sandwiches and treats to sooth your sweet tooth? Afternoon tea is up there with the best things to do if you want a quintessentially English experience, but why not take things to the next level and book a table at Gillray's? Not only will you be treated to stunning views of Houses of Parliament but bottomless gin and tonics throughout your sitting. Chin chin.

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Head To The UK's Biggest Craft Beer Festival - London

We don't know if you've noticed but craft beer is super popular, so popular that's it's actually got its own festival. Yup, Craft Beer Rising is back for its seventh edition this February, and this time around they've got 155 breweries getting involved. Across the three-day bonanza you can sip the finest in the industry (think London Fields Brewery, Goose island and Bianca Road), eat mouth-watering street food and dance to a world class DJ set. So, what are you waiting for? Hop to it and buy a ticket.

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Relive Your Childhood At This Gigantic Lego Bar - London

You might have swallowed a piece and been taken to hospital as a result, but Lego is back with a bang for adults, and it's all thanks to Brick Bars. This kooky concept bar is making its way to London this April and May and it's an absolute must for those wanting to escape the relentless reality of being an adult. Play to your heart's content (there's over 1 million bricks), eat brick-shaped burgers and slurp boozy cocktails.

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Dine In An Actual Cave - Brighton

Brighton is packed with hidden gems, but we've got one hotspot that should be at to the top of your priority list. The Tempest Inn is plonked right next to the seafront, and although that's a great reason to visit, we've got another that'll leave you wanting to book a table ASAP. Head inside, past the dreamy scenes outfront, and you can dine in an actual cave. Keeping in theme with its underwater look, the menu is a tide of seafood dishes including clam chowder fries and a banging surf and turf burger. Dinner with a difference? You betcha.

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See London From A Botanical Rooftop - London

There are rooftops, and then there's Sky Garden. This botanical beauty in the sky is teeming with greenery, making it one of those Instagram must-haves if you live in London. Located on the 43rd floor of the Walkie Talkie, DesignMyNight have a fantastic £5 offer where you get a coffee and a pastry, alongside the opportunity to visit the space as early as 8am. Just make sure your phone is fully charged before you hop into the elevator.

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Grab Tickets To Cocktails In The City - Edinburgh

Just how much do you love cocktails? If it's a lot you might want to nab a ticket to Cocktails in the City. This drinks festival will be travelling up and down the country in 2019, showing its face in places like London and Edinburgh. Bringing together the city's best bars under one happy and boozy roof, you'll get to sample signature serves at special prices with the opportunity to vote for your favourite bar at the end of the night.

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Stuff Your Face At Britain’s Largest Pancake House - Glasgow

No, silly; pancakes aren't just for Shrove Tuesday. You'll find Britain's largest pancake house in Glasgow and it's got just about every combination possible - over 10 million to be precise. Whether you're a classic maple syrup or a build-your-own kinda person, you'll never get bored of scoffing at this kooky eatery, which is why you need to visit at least once in 2019.

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Visit The World’s First High-Tech Mini Golf Venue - London

Cheating in mini golf might come as naturally to you as it is for us to swing a hole in one, but your sneaky ways are about to come to an end. Puttshack is a world first using groundbreaking technology, meaning all your scores are electronically recorded. From beer pong holes to ones where you have to play a set of drums with your golf ball, you're in for a smashing time at this unique spot. Need something to ease the pain of losing afterward? They've got a rum bible and a dozen cocktails to putt a smile on your face.

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Sip Cocktails And Get Tipsy In A Laundrette - Manchester

Public toilets, Smeg fridges, a second-hand book shop; there are plenty of places posing as something they're not, but we're not here to spill secrets; okay that was a complete lie - we totally are. Wherever you are or whatever your plans are for 2019, book a train to Manchester and keep your eyes peeled for The Washhouse. It might look like your typical laundrette (it has washing machines, boxes of detergent - the lot) but it's actually one of the UK's coolest secret bars. Promising random cocktails and some cloak-and-dagger fun, it's more than worth a spin.

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Dine In Wonderland At The Skinny Kitchen

Instagrammable restaurant The Skinny Kitchen has attracted the likes of Nicole Scherzinger, Neyo and Ella Eyre, and it only takes one look at the menu to see why. Featuring guilt-free desserts like Salted Caramel Crumble and tasty vegan lunch bowls, it's a haven for foodies. We lurrrrveeeeee.

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