London isn’t just a global destination, the UK’s capital is also a great place to explore as a solo traveler. The city center is packed with things to do, see and experience and it’s also very easy to get around with The Underground (or “Tube”), by foot and even via one of the famous ‘Boris Bikes’ that are available to hire. With plenty of accommodation designed to welcome single visitors, why not book a weekend away and pack it full of memories? Here are some ideas of things you can do to enjoy your solo London adventure.
1. Head to London’s museums
Whether you love art, history, science or a more niche subject area, you’ll find a museum to suit in London. Some of the biggest and the best – including The British Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Musem and V&A are located in either Bloomsbury or Kensington and they are also surrounded by great places to eat and relax.
In fact, if you head to The British Museum you can also see The Foundling Museum, relax in stunning Russell Square and enjoy a tour of the many surrounding houses of interest in this peaceful, historic part of town which still manages to be relatively quiet at weekends. Just look out for the blue information signs that flag up a place of interest. There are over fifty great museums and art galleries in this city. Some of the best are listed at Visit London.
2. Cruise along the Thames
There’s no better way to enjoy the Thames than by traveling on a boat, and there are various cruise providers to choose from. You’ll find this a great option as a single traveller as you can meet other single visitors, strike up a conversation, see the sights and relax. Why not choose a cruise option with a glass of something fizzy in the mix, or even lunch served up for you as you relax and take in the view. This is an ideal way to sightsee without making an effort and a good way to enjoy a bit of quiet time in the afternoon before a busy evening.
3. Enjoy London’s buzzing restaurants
The city is absolutely packed with restaurants with every cuisine imaginable, whether you try trendy street food in SoHo or fine dining in Knightsbridge. Why not visit the most instagrammed restaurants in London so you can pack your social media feed with inspirational images and show your friends exactly what you’re getting up to? You’ll be hooked from the minute you see the menu boards.
Some of our favorites include The Address in Battersea, Heritage Soho, Casa Do Frango in Shoreditch, the Brasserie of Light in the West End and Gloria, also in Shoreditch.
4. See a show
London’s West End is a top destination for solo travelers because it’s easy to enjoy a show on your own without feeling uncomfortable. Pick up a matinee ticket from one of the many ticket boxes on the day or book ahead to reserve an evening performance at some of the biggest shows currently running. Our favorites include Cruise at the Apollo, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre, and Life of Pi at Wyndham’s Theater.
5. Tour the big sights
If you’re traveling across London as a tourist then firstly, grab a day pass to make use of the London Underground and then see as many of the major attractions as you can. The London Eye is a must-visit as it shows you a 360-degree view of London as you slowly rotate in a glass capsule.
Madame Tussaud’s has been delighting visitors since 1835 and still remains as much fun as it’s ever been, and the Tower of London is an absolute must if you love history and culture. Harry Potter fans will really enjoy the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter, which is just outside of the city center, and Buckingham Palace will give you a glimpse into the life of Her Majesty the Queen.
London is the perfect destination for solo travelers and you’ll find that you’re welcomed and made comfortable by hotels, restaurants, attractions, and service providers who are used to making sure single travellers have the best possible experience in this exciting, cosmopolitan city.