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 Saturday, March 31, 2018

If you ever wake up and wonder where to go in London today, try this. It's my Random Tourist Inspiration Generator.

Roll two dice. If you don't have any to hand, the top left hand box is a link to an online dice roller.

Read down for the first dice (blue), and across for the second dice (yellow).

And whichever square you end up in, that's where you go. Easy.

[roll]123456
1Hampstead
Heath
Primrose Hill
Regent's Park
Camden
Town
Regent's
Canal
Dalston
Hackney
Olympic
Park
2Paddington
Little Venice
Baker Street
Marylebone
Bloomsbury
Fitzrovia
King's
Cross
Islington
Upper Street
Spitalfields
Brick Lane
3Notting Hill
Holland Park
Hyde ParkOxford Street
Soho
Covent
Garden
ClerkenwellShoreditch
4Chiswick
Hammersmith
South Ken
(museums)
Trafalgar Sq
Strand
South BankCity (W)
St Paul's
City (E)
Tower
5KewVictoria
Pimlico
WestminsterLambeth
Vauxhall
Bankside
Bermondsey
Docklands
6Richmond
Park
Chelsea
Battersea
BrixtonCrystal
Palace
GreenwichNorth
Greenwich

Hopefully most of these places are well known enough that you've got a good idea where they are, and perhaps what to do there. But you don't have to be totally rigid in your destination. Think of this simply as a way to break the deadlock of indecision. Use the names in the box as inspiration, maybe researching whereabouts there is to go beforehand, or perhaps simply turning up and wandering around.

Alternatively, as a reader of this blog you might be after something a bit more challenging. Why restrict yourself to the usual tourist spots when the whole of London is available for exploration?

In which case you need this instead, my Random Psychogeography Expedition Generator.

[roll]123456
1Harefield
Ruislip
Harrow
Stanmore
Finchley
Brent Cross
Barnet
Enfield
Epping Forest
Chingford
Romford
2UxbridgeWembleyMuswell Hill
Highgate
Lea ValleyWalthamstowUpminster
Rainham
3Hayes
Southall
Acton
Ealing
Shepherd's
Bush
HampsteadRoyal DocksIlford
Barking
4Hounslow
Heathrow
Barnes
Mortlake
Fulham
Putney
Camberwell
Peckham
Deptford
Lewisham
Woolwich
Thamesmead
5Twickenham
Teddington
RichmondWimbledonClapham
Streatham
Dulwich
Forest Hill
Erith
Bexley
6Hampton Ct
Kingston
Sutton
Carshalton
Merton
Mitcham
CroydonBiggin Hill
New Addington
Bromley
Orpington

It works the same way - first dice blue, second dice yellow - but the destinations are further flung.

Think of it as having your own random jamjar, but in grid form.

Again, don't feel constrained by the names in the boxes. If it says Croydon, it's OK to deviate to Purley. If it says Muswell Hill and Highgate, it's OK to go to Crouch End. And if you're thinking, OMG I've no idea what there is to do in Harefield or Carshalton or Erith, well, that's the point. I've learned a heck of a lot about London by simply turning up and wandering around, and you could too.

If you'd like a little more choice, use both grids. Roll the dice, and then decide whether you'd like to go to the location in the green table or the location in the pink table.

If you'd like a little less choice, toss a coin first. If you get heads, use the green table, and if you get tails, use the pink table. That could make for a properly random day out.

If today is not the day to go, maybe bookmark this page for later (or remember to click back to March 2018 at a later date).

And if you do ever go, please come back afterwards and tell us what random stuff you found. We'd love to know how you got on.


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