Just when you think you have seen all the ‘Things to Do in London’ lists published on the internet, you notice one more and bet on it being a good one. That’s hopefully why you clicked on this blog headline ‘What to Do if You WIN a Lottery Bet in London’. It’s not click bait. I’m actually surprised I didn’t think of this London List post earlier, since I regularly plan to win the lottery. Don’t you dream about it too?
When jackpots get high or my Taurus horoscope indicates ‘luck is in the air’, I throw some money on lottery tickets. Every time I do, I create a plan of how I would spend the money. It’s annoying to Mr Sunny and my immediate family. They think it’s a waste of time because I am ‘not going to win anyway’.
My response varies from ‘Luck favors the prepared mind,’ to ‘You have to be in it to win it.’ If I am in a particularly snarky mood I say, ‘Well, I’ll take that as you don’t want to be included if I win.’
Travel plans, houses, cars, shopping, experiences, gifts to family and friends. I ponder and calculate and have even gone as far as putting together an Excel spreadsheet just in case! This allows me to adjust my dreams based on percents I have predetermined are at my threshold for spending.
Obviously this planning is for the big multi-million pound payout, but what if I won something different like the Cash4Life? I had never actually thought of that until I visited the Lottoland website. Mr. Sunny has been playing our numbers lately online, so I was curious because I have always bought tickets at convenient stores.
If you win the Cash4Life jackpot and inherit £1,000 pounds a day, your lifestyle might not change too much compared to a cash lump sum US Powerball payout. In reality, this daily chunk of change would allow you to upgrade your housing a bit and let you enjoy many of the extra treats available in London.
The list of ideas I put together for what to do if you won a lottery bet in London features my suggestions for activities and experiences that would be splurges you can choose from if you have a large budget for a trip or just want to treat yourself on a special occasion.
What to Do If You Won a Lottery Bet in London- Where to Stay
I have had the chance to stay in a few five-star hotels since living here. Moreover, after six years and being married to a lifelong Londoner, I know which ones have long standing reputations for excellence.
My recommendations for luxury hotels for an evening or short stay would be: The Savoy, The Goring, The Langham, Covent Garden Hotel and One Aldwych. The last two aren’t quite as swanky but having enjoyed both I can’t fault them for anything. My top dream night would be at Shangri-La at the Shard. Have you seen their Sky Pool on Level 52???
What to Do if You Won a Lottery Bet- Where to Eat
As a foodie blogger, I could give tons of top level restaurants you could enjoy. But, ones that would be first on my list if spending a few hundred pounds on a dinner for two wasn’t a huge deal are:
- Rules Restaurant- the oldest restaurant in London
- Le Gavroche- Michel Roux Jr.’s famous fine-dining restaurant offering luxe French food
- Tamarind of Mayfair- one of the first Indian restaurants in the world to win a Michelin Star
- Simpsons on the Strand- one of the oldest traditional English restaurants that Mr Sunny feels could have the best Sunday lunch in London
- The Araki- a tiny sushi bar in Mayfair that seats 9 and has 3 Michelin stars
- Mariage Freres- French luxury tea emporium that just opened in 2019
What to Do If You Won a Lottery Bet in London- Shopping
With an extra £1,000 to spend a day, I would probably make weekly trips to Selfridges and Regent Street. Specific stores I would frequent on Regent Street are Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Ted Baker, Kiehl’s and Apple, of course. As a foodie traveller, I would definitely start visiting and shopping at Fortnum and Mason regularly too.
What to Do If You Win a Lottery Bet in London- Experiences
Further, there are things that I would love to do in London that are bucket list items that could be a better reality if I had an extra £1,000 per day. Can you believe I still haven’t been to the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play? Aside from that, I would spend a day at the Corinthia Hotel spa because it is regularly rated the best in London. I would also book a full day at Neal’s Yard Remedies for a massage, facial and other treatments.
For New Year’s Eve I would book the private pod on the London Eye and in June I would go to Royal Ascot. Ok- so that’s not actually in London, but perhaps it can be an exception?
What to Do If You Win a Lottery Bet in London- Your Turn
Those are just a few ideas of my bigger budget things to do, where to stay, and what to eat if you win the lottery in London.
I would love to know if you have ever made a financial plan when you pick your numbers in the hope of putting that winning attitude out to the universe? Surely, there is a list of things you would add to these activities or experiences in London too, so please put those in the comments.
Finally, a huge thank you to LottoLand for collaborating on this post. Focusing my lottery dreams on a daily jackpot of cash in a way that allowed me to focus on what more attainable bucket list items are in London was a ton of fun and gave you a chance to consider luxury splurges for a visit to London too!