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Is London Safe? 10 Safety Tips for Solo Female Travelers (2024)

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Is London safe? Here’s my personalized tips to navigate your time in London — especially as a solo female traveler!

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One of the top questions I get in my DM’s (almost always from women) is “Is London safe?”

As home to nearly 9 million, navigating the city alone can seem daunting. But don’t fret. In general I’d say London is pretty safe and currently sits as the 20th safest city in the world , but it’s always important to keep your wits about you.

Whether you’re in London for a solo trip or moving to London alone, here’s 10 safety tips for your time in London.

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1. Beware of Pickpocketers 

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A year ago I was on a night out in Soho when a group of young men walked by and tried to take my friend’s phone out of her pocket.

This all happened within a split second as my friend said she felt someone reaching into her coat and quickly turned around. They were gone by the time we could realize what happened. 

This story isn’t too uncommon in London as pickpocketers are always on the lookout for unassuming Londoners and tourists.

Keep your belongings out of easily reachable places (like your pocket) and always be on alert of anyone getting too close, especially if they’re in a group. 

2. Don’t Drink Too Much Alone 

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I can only speak from my own experience. But ending up alone after a night of drinking in London is not ideal.

It doesn’t take long in the London nightlife scene to notice that lurkers are real. Usually hidden in the corners of a bar or club, you’ll see men with no other agenda than to prey on the most intoxicated woman of the night.

Always be mindful of your drinking limits, and if you do end up going home alone from a night out, opt for an Uber over the night tube, especially if you’re a far walk from your closest station. 

3. Don’t Leave Your Belongings in Coffee Shops 

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It can be uber tempting to leave your laptop sitting out at your favorite London coffee shop while you order or leaving your bag down while you pop to the lou. But the risk of losing your stuff is never worth it. 

I’ve definitely been guilty of this, and thankfully nothing has happened yet . But if I ever came back to my chair and my laptop was missing, I would easily lose it. Plus businesses are responsible for any theft.

I would also steer clear of asking someone to watch your stuff, but you can see if they’ll save your seat for you while you’re gone.  

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4. Choose the Right Area

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Although London is generally safe, theres is still a lot of crime that goes on, particularly in certain areas.

With that said, it’s best to do your own independent research and make sure you’re comfortable with the area. For example, Camden is on the list of the top most dangerous boroughs in London. But I’ve been to Camden more times than I can count (day and night) and never had an issue. So always do what’s best for you and your comfort level!

Read More: The Best Neighborhoods to Live in London and 17 Cool Things to do in Camden 

5. know your numbers.

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If you’re coming to London from outside the UK you should definitely familarize yourself with the emergency numbers.

For the police, ambulance or fire department in London, call 999 or 112. These numbers are free and should be called immediately in case of an emergency. 

If it’s not an emergency but you’d still like to speak to someone, you can call 101 and they’ll connect you to your nearest police station. 

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6. Don’t Wear Headphones at Night 

London at Night

I love walking to music. But since moving to London, I’ve realized it’s never a good idea to seem too preoccupied.

This includes wearing headphones when you’re walking, specifically at night. City living is all about being alert and not looking like a target.

The risk of not hearing your surroundings simply isn’t worth it. Save the music for home or public transit. 

7. Mind the Gap (and roads)

One of the first things you’ll notice about the UK is cars drive on the left side of the road. Luckily there’s tons of signage, but always be sure to do a double take when crossing.

I can’t count the amount of times I’ve accidentally looked the wrong way and instantly feared for my life. 

It’s the biggest faux pas of any new Londoner, so always stay on the safe side…and look left. 

 8. Check Before you use the ATM

Colorful Houses in Camden

Unfortunately ATM scams are all too common in the capital. Avoid any independent ATM’s and always check over your shoulder before entering your pin. 

I also wouldn’t keep too much cash on me. It’s all too easy to lose a tenner on the tube (guilty as charged) and misplace your pound coins. So stick to your card/contactless or Apple Pay when possible. 

Read More: 27 Effortless Ways to Save Money in London  

9. stay neutral .

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As a solo female traveler or just a woman living in London, you’re bound to be approached in some capacity. This could range from harmless hello’s to slightly aggressive approaches. But in my opinion, it’s always best to not engage and stay neutral . 

And if someone asks where you’re staying for your time in London, say you don’t know the name of the area.

10. Know Your Route

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One of the biggest things that separates a naive tourist from a local is the way you walk.

Always look confident with where you’re going, and if you’re in London, walk fast. To do this, it always helps to know at least some your route before you travel. I always look up directions on Citymapper and try to avoid looking at my phone for directions. 

I hope these tips were helpful! If you have anymore questions about safety in London be sure to ping me at @candaceabroad .  

Safe travels, 

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January 8, 2021 at 2:04 pm

These are great tips Candace! I love listening to music/podcast while walking, but you’re right – it’s SO important to be aware of your surroundings, especially at night!

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January 8, 2021 at 8:20 pm

Me too! But alas, safety first 🙂

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Solo female travel in london: everything you need to know.

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Undoubtedly, London is one of the greatest international cities in the world. Which, also means that London is the perfect option for your next solo trip.

On a personal note, I’m smitten with London, especially since I have a Master’s degree in Literature. I mean, the British Library? The Globe? What’s not  to love?

Solo female travel in London might’ve been an expensive treat, but for me, this adventure was well worth the cost. Wandering this city on my own terms, with very few obligations to other people, was divine. Divine.

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You don’t need to be a literature lover to enjoy London either. As a destination, London has something for everyone. Truly.

Furthermore, London is a very accessible destination for solo travelers, especially North American travelers, who want to travel internationally for the first time. Despite its size, London thrives on tourism and knows how to accommodate everyone, even in the peak summer season. It’s the perfect place for planning a solo trip to Europe.

Since London has a special place in my heart, I wanted to share all the tips that I learned on my own solo adventures here. For many independent travelers, London is a major bucket list destination that deserves a lot of time and attention, as well as planning. I want to help you. 

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Should You Travel Alone to London?

Argh, as much as I want to say “yes, absolutely, book your airline ticket as soon as you close this post,” I need reel myself in and be realistic. Instead my answer about whether you should travel alone in London is a polite yes, but with caveats. Every solo traveler is different. 

Obviously, if you prefer nature vacations rather than large cities, you might be better off planning a different trip to the United Kingdom.

For example, solo travel in Scotland would absolutely fulfill your needs. England’s northern regions, such as The Lake District, are also delightful. You may even want to spend more time in Liverpool, if you want a mixture of city and nature, due to Liverpool’s easy accessibility to North Wales. 

the perfect place to eat alone in london is Mercato Mayfair

Furthermore, solo travelers on a budget will want to carefully crunch the numbers for a London vacation. I’m not kidding. As a US citizen, the exchange rate never works in my favor, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the same for you. London is expensive. There’s no getting around it. Seriously, my credit card will take awhile to recover from this city, haha. 

However, if you’re a person who loves cities and isn’t turned off the London’s prices or the exchange rates, then this city is the perfect solo trip for you.

You’ll fall in love with all the museum, food, and tour options, and can splash out on more expensive affairs, such as afternoon tea and a late night show. London is a gift that keeps on giving (and if you need more inspiration, I have a great 4 Days in London Itinerary that you should check out). 

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New Solo Travelers

But what if this is your very first solo trip overseas? Is London a good option for you? Absolutely!

New solo travelers will greatly appreciate London’s many attractions. Like I said, this city knows how to take care of its tourists. Hotels and hostels will provide an endless amount of map and tour options, which will help fill your days with fantastic activities.

New solo travelers will also love the iconic London experience, such as exploring the Tower of London, sipping Earl Grey at afternoon tea, and cruising on the Thames. 

Honestly, I’ll never forget my first views of Big Ben. London was the trip that “started it all” for me. Not to mention, it’s amazing to see in-person famous architecture that you’ve only ever seen on television or the internet. 

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Experienced Solo Travelers

On the flip side, experienced solo travelers will also love London.

As a person who’s traveled extensively in Europe, London was refreshing, because I didn’t have to worry about language barriers. Now, obviously, I don’t hold language barriers against anyone (that would be a bad mindset for a traveler), but everyone speaking English took a bit of pressure off me, which was nice. Even experienced solo travelers need a “break.”

While experienced solo travelers might not be impressed with tourist areas, such as around the London Eye or Leicester Square, London’s abundant neighborhoods have plenty of options away from the hordes of visitors. I spent a lot of my time popping in and out of bookshops, and taking pictures in the prettiest mews around London. 

So, if you have a few solo trips under your belt, don’t be turned off just because London is popular. 

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9 Reasons to Travel Alone to London

Still not sure if you wanna go to London alone? Here are some of the best reasons why solo travel to London is amazing. Sure, there are way more than nine, but these ideas will set the wheels in motion.

As always, you’ll want to continue to do your own research about London. These tips are mostly to inspire you to move beyond the anxiety of traveling to London alone and just booking the trip. You know I’m ALL about just booking the trip.

Let’s go! 

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Accessible and Easy Public Transportation 

First and foremost, London has a fantastic public transportation system. I’m jealous of their public transportation system even with the strikes and delays. You don’t need a car in London.

Actually, I would avoid having a car in London full stop. Parking is a nightmare, and traffic is jaw-droppingly insane. Furthermore, if you are a visitor from North America or mainland Europe, London is not where you want to learn to drive on the left side of the road. 

For example, if you’re renting a car as part of a larger England roadtrip, then drop your rental at the appropriate airport, and use public transportation for the rest of your time in London. 

The most well known public transit in London is The Tube. This metro system goes all over London and into the suburbs. Trains frequently run. I never had to wait more than ten minutes for a ride. Each station has huge maps, so you’ll always be able to find directions without too much trouble. 

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Easy Connections Around the United Kingdom

London is wonderful, but what if you’re doing a solo trip around England? Is London a good place to start your itinerary? Yes, for sure! 

If you want to visit other cities in the UK, London is a great place to start your adventure, because there are so many connections that are frequent, fast, and direct. For instance, I was able to do a couple days in Liverpool since the train ride was direct and only took two and a half hours. 

And if you want to go to Scotland? The Caledonian Sleeper runs services to Scotland’s major cities, including Glasgow and Edinburgh. You can also fly to Scotland,  of course, but there is something … I don’t know, romantic about taking a night train. 

Just make sure to book your train tickets in advance for the best prices. You’ll pay a premium rate waiting until the night before, or the train might even sell out entirely. 

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English is (Obviously) Spoken Here

Obviously, this tip applies to native English speakers. I completely understand that English being spoken doesn’t make London an “easier” destination for every single solo traveler in the world. That would be really arrogant of me.

However, if you speak English at home and want a solo trip where you don’t need to worry about language barriers (especially if you’re new to traveling alone), then London is a wonderful option for you. 

I always suggest London as a great first solo trip to Europe to other English speakers. London is a great city to “get your feet wet” before heading to other European cities, such as Madrid or Paris, where English is still spoken, but not at the same level.

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Few (If Any) Safety Concerns

I’ll talk about safety later on in this guide (it’s important for solo female travel in London), but one of the things that I loved about London was that safety wasn’t as much of an issue as other cities I’ve visited in the past.

I understand that everyone has different perceptions of safety, so I’m only speaking from my personal experience as a solo female traveler in London.

First of all, I didn’t notice as many petty scams as I did in Paris, Barcelona, and Rome. No one came up to me with a ridiculous friendship bracelet or fake petition. Still, it’s always good practice to keep a close eye on your belongings, especially in packed areas like a crowded Tube station. You don’t want to make it easier for pickpockets if they are present in the crowd.

Ultimately, I felt comfortable wandering around London at night. I think because London is a massive city, people are always out and about, and I personally feel more relaxed in a crowd than on an empty street. London has a lot of things to do alone at night and it would be a shame to miss them.

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Londoners “Mind Their Business”

I like that Londoners mind their own business. While isolating to some people, I personally like not standing out in a crowd as a solo traveler. London’s an introvert’s dream come true. You can hang out in book stores, unwind in a pub, explore a museum, and go to a jazz show without a single person pestering you to have a conversation. 

Of course, if you’re a solo traveler looking to make new friends, you might want to join group tours, stay in hostels, or research local meetups to make those meaningful connections. 

Still, London is a great city for solo travelers who don’t want to justify their choices. Londoners are very used to people doing things on their own, and won’t judge you for exploring by your own damn self.

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Perfect for a Longer Trip

In London, you don’t need to constantly switch locations if you don’t want to. Sure, seeing several different cities is fun for some people, but it’s also nice to stay in one place to fully enjoy the vibe. Slow travel is popular for a reason.

London is big. Actually, that’s an understatement. One day I clocked close to 40,000 steps, because I had so much that I wanted to see and do. 

Each area of London is very different. You could see the Street Art on Brick Lane and take a Jack the Ripper Tour one day in East London, and then go vintage shopping in Notting Hill in West London the next day, and feel as if you’re visiting two completely different cities.

I suggest staying in London for at least four days before attempting any day trips. 

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Plenty of Walking Tours

As a solo traveler, I love going on walking tours. Sure, wandering around a new city and snapping photos is wonderful, but at the same time, I want some richer context and education on the buildings, streets, and people surrounding me. Walking tours open my mind and heart. 

In London, walking tours are everywhere and cover a variety of subjects. If you have a special interest, London probably has a walking tour about that interest, haha. 

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Walking Tour Recommendations

  • Historical Pub Walking Tour:  Not a fan of going to pubs alone? Want some drinking buddies and cool historic locations at the same time? Then try out this small group historic pub walking tour in London and enjoy your pints. 
  • Jack the Ripper Tour:  Honestly, some of these tours are super problematic and exploitative of the women who were brutally killed. I’m also not a fan of “glorifying” serial killers, even from the Victorian Era. However, a few tours “do it right,” including the Jack the Ripper – What About the Women? tour. 
  • London Free Tour:  Free walking tours are very popular with backpackers (and other travelers, of course). These tours are a fantastic way to acclimate yourself with a new city, while making new friends and learning some cool history. Sandemans has a great free walking tour that takes you by the most famous landmarks. Just make sure to tip.
  • London Walking Food Tour: London has a thriving culinary scene, but eating alone is daunting for some travelers. This acclaimed food tour will have you sampling the best of British cuisine in the comfort of a group.
  • Original Harry Potter Locations Tour:  Harry Potter fans will love this tour, especially fans of the movies. The highly rated Harry Potter locations tour will take you to Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square to see the filming sites. Very fun for everyone, including solo travelers.  

going to a pub alone is very safe in london

Pub Culture

London’s pub culture is great for solo travelers. I loved showing up to a pub for a casual lunch and not standing out as an awkward single traveler, haha. 

For travelers who want to feel more at home, explore your neighborhood and pick a local pub to visit once you’re finished sightseeing for the day. It’s not too hard to strike up a conversation with a bartender or other people in the pub. I find that Londoners are quite friendly once they’ve had a pint or two in them! 

As a side note, exercise caution with the amount of alcohol you drink. England’s “round culture” makes it easy to drink waaaay more than your bargained for! 

enjoying the victoria and albert museum on a solo london trip

Tons of Free Museums 

Last but not least, London has a lot of high quality free museums for solo travelers who want to save a bit of money. You could create a legitimate itinerary strictly around the free museums. There are  a lot  of them.

For instance, on my solo trip to London, I visited both The Victoria and Albert Museum, and The Tate Modern, which was both free to the public (unless you want to go to a special exhibit). It’s easy to spend hours in each museum. Hours. 

Free museums exist for almost every interest. So pick and choose wisely, and remember it’s okay not to see every single museum in London! You’ll just have a wonderful excuse to visit again.

Check out Visit London’s comprehensive Free Museum Guide for more information on the best free museums for you. 

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Practical Advice for Solo Female Travel in London

Last but not least, I wanted to share some practical tips for traveling alone to London. These tips are meant to help with safety concerns, packing, hotels, etc. As always, you’ll wanna to do your own research in addition to the information that I provide in this guide. 

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Safety Tips for London

Solo female travel in London is linked with safety. No worries, though. Over all, London is a pretty safe city for its size. I’ve already shared a ton of London solo travel safety tips on this blog, and ultimately, if you use a bit of common sense, you shouldn’t have any issues traveling alone in London. 

Normal safety precautions apply. Use a taxi or rideshare late at night if you feel uncomfortable. Don’t feel like you’re obligated to talk to any strangers (seriously, if someone won’t leave you alone, you don’t need to be polite). Book accommodation in neighborhoods where you feel relaxed and welcome. 

I will say that I didn’t experience too much harassment in London. Regardless, it always pays to be mindful, especially as a solo traveler.

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How to Get Around London

You will use public transportation to get around London. Renting a car is a disaster waiting to happen, and cabs are prohibitively expensive if you use them all the time. Get used to metros and buses. Don’t fret, though. 

The Tube is easy to navigate, and like I mentioned in this post, there are plenty of maps and signs in the major Tube stations. Public transit police are also very visible and helpful if you truly are baffled about what to do. 

If you want to learn your way around London and learn about the major sites, then another idea is to book a Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus for your solo trip here. These buses stop at London’s major sites, such as Covent Garden and The British Museum, where you can hop off the bus to explore and return at your leisure. 

respect the guards at the tower of london

What to Pack as a Solo Female Traveler in London

London’s packing list is very similar to packing for other large cities, with a few exceptions. Sure, you can buy what you need in London, but it’s gonna cost way more money (more likely than not).

I personally think these items are the essentials that you’ll need for a solo trip to London. 

lots of flowers in london in summer

Solo Travel London Essentials

  • Day Pack or Backpack:  Because of all the walking, I loved having a small and stylish backpack in London. London’s a very safe city, but if you’re nervous, check out this cute and compact Pacsafe bag that has anti-theft protection .
  • High Quality Sneakers:  No one wears fancy heels or sandals in London. While people dress up, they all invest in  high quality sneakers , because walking 20,000 steps or more in London is the norm. 
  • Lightweight Jacket: London’s weather is unpredictable. Wind and rain can happen without warning. So it’s always a good idea to bring an all-weather jacket with you on your trip.
  • London Guidebook:  I always enjoy having a physical guidebook to refer to on my trip. Plus, they’re great mementos. Check out Lonely Planet’s London Guide , which you can buy physically or digitally. 
  • Spare Phone Charger:  You’ll take loads of pictures and videos in London, and want to keep your phone fully charged. So have a portable charger as you explore this amazing city,
  • Travel Insurance:  A London trip costs a lot. I know I sound like a broken record but you need to protect yourself. Don’t skimp on purchasing travel insurance. Sure, the United Kingdom has universal healthcare (aka the NHS), but these services are only for residents. I personally suggest using World Nomads for your travels to London. I’ve used World Nomads several times in the past, and think that their policies are both affordable and comprehensive. 
  • Travel Umbrella:  When it rains in London, it  rains , so you need to check the weather forecast and stay prepared. Use a travel umbrella when the wet weather strikes. 
  • UK Power Adapter:  In the UK, the power outlets are different from North America and mainland Europe. You will need a special UK Power Adapte r to charge your devices. While some hotels have USB outlets, this is far from universal. 

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Where to Stay in London

When planning solo female travel in London, choosing the right place to stay is essential, and you are spoiled for choice. Like, gosh, London has so many amazing options for accommodation.

I will speak to a few great choices, but keep in mind that you might want to research neighborhoods in advance and see what areas best fit “your vibe.”

the charles dickens house is a great literature stop in london

Accommodation Ideas

  • Andaz London Liverpool Street:   Andaz is a trendy and fun hotel chain that appeals to younger travelers. This Andaz is in the perfect spot for seeing East London’s street and is well connected to Liverpool Street Station. See prices on Expedia.com and Booking.com .
  • The Rockwell:   This adorable hotel isn’t far from Earls Court Station, which makes it very easy to go to Heathrow Airport, as well as everywhere else in London. They also have a fantastic breakfast available, and the single rooms are super comfortable. Loved my stay here. See prices on Expedia.com and Booking.com .
  • Wombats City Hostel London:   This trendy hostel has a lot of shared spaces, including a cool bar and lounge area, that makes it easy to meet fellow travelers. Save money in a dorm or even book your own private room. Perfect for solo travelers who want to socialize. See prices on Expedia.com and Booking.com .

enjoying all the london views on a solo trip

I hope you liked this post all about solo female travel in London. As always, feel free to explore my blog for more information about solo travel in England and beyond! Enjoy London. It’s an incredible place.

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Is London Safe for Solo Female Travelers? Safety Tips Revealed

Is London Safe for Solo Female Travelers

Traveling alone as a woman offers a unique set of challenges and rewards, and when it comes to cities like London, safety is naturally a top concern. You’ll be pleased to know that London is generally considered a safe destination for solo female travelers. The city’s well-established public transport network, frequent police presence, and a culture of public helpfulness contribute to the overall safety for visitors exploring the metropolis on their own.

While London is marked by its buzzing life and impressive landmarks, your personal safety, as anywhere, hinges on common sense and awareness. It is wise to choose the right area to stay, remain vigilant with personal belongings, and avoid flashing valuable items, especially in crowded spaces. The risk of encountering uncomfortable situations, like a catcall or someone aggressively asking for money, exists as in any large urban setting, but these are not indicative of the city’s overall atmosphere.

To navigate London confidently, familiarize yourself with local customs, stay informed about the areas you plan to visit, and stay connected with friends or family regarding your itinerary. Remember, millions of women travel to and around London safely every year, enjoying everything the city has to offer from the historic landmarks to its dynamic culture, without incident. Your adventure as a solo female traveler in London holds the promise of being as enriching as it is exciting.

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How Safe Is London for Solo Female Travelers? Safety Rating

Overall safety index for london: 8.3/10.

Based on the scores assigned to each risk factor for London, the Overall Safety Index for solo female travelers is approximately 8.3/10 . This suggests a high level of overall safety, with most factors rated as safe or low risk. There are, however, moderate risks associated with pickpocketing and mugging. Overall, London is relatively safe for solo female travelers, with excellent accommodation safety and emergency services.

London is generally considered safe for female travelers. Exercise common safety practices such as staying aware of your surroundings, sticking to well-lit areas at night, and keeping your belongings secure. Public transport is reliable and secure, yet it’s wise to plan your route in advance.

8 Essential Tips for Female Solo Trip to London

How safe is London for female travelers

When embarking on a solo trip to London, it’s important to plan meticulously and stay vigilant. These tips will guide you in creating a memorable and secure experience.

Itinerary Planning

Before arrival, map out your attractions and activities. Utilize online resources to help prioritize sites of interest and to optimize your schedule. Efficiency is key, so consider the proximity of each location and be realistic about travel times between them.

Accommodation Choices

Your choice of accommodation significantly influences your trip. From luxury hotels to hostels and Airbnb options, investigate areas known for safety and convenience. Central London areas offer quick access to many attractions, but quieter neighbourhoods might provide a more authentic experience.

Safety and Travel Tips

Safety is paramount. Keep belongings close and be aware of your surroundings. Research common scams to avoid, and always have a plan for getting back to your accommodation. Trust your instincts and don’t hesitate to remove yourself from uncomfortable situations.

Healthcare and Emergencies

Securing travel insurance before your journey is crucial. Should you need medical attention, know the location of clinics or hospitals and save emergency numbers like 112 and 999 on your phone. Be sure to carry any personal medication and a basic first aid kit.

Budgeting and Expenses

London can be expensive, so budget wisely, taking into account food, transport, and sightseeing costs. Monitor the exchange rate, and consider using a credit card or contactless card for most transactions to receive the best rates and maintain transaction security.

Transport and Navigation

Learn the basics of the London Underground and familiarize yourself with bus routes – both are efficient for getting around London. Taxis and black cabs are safe, albeit more costly. Invest in an Oyster card to save on public transportation.

Communication and Connectivity

Stay connected with a local SIM card for your mobile phone or locate Wi-Fi hotspots around the city. Keeping a portable charger handy ensures your phone is ready for use to navigate, contact friends, or search for information.

Packing Essentials

Smart packing can ease your travel: versatile clothing, comfortable footwear for walking, a theft-proof bag, and essential gadgets. Don’t forget adapters for electronics; the UK uses the three-prong type G electrical plug.

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Tips for Exploring the London City Safely

When exploring London as a solo female traveler, prioritizing your safety can enhance your overall experience. Follow these specific tips across various aspects of London life, from transportation to nightlife.

Navigating Public Transportation

The Tube : Make use of the extensive Underground (Tube) network. For safety, stay within view of CCTV cameras on platforms and choose carriages occupied by families or groups. London Buses : When taking London buses at night, sit close to the driver or on the lower deck. If using black cabs or services like Uber , book in advance and confirm the driver’s identity before boarding.

Cultural Attractions and Museums

The Tate Modern and British Museum are must-see attractions with strong security presence. Always keep your belongings in sight, and consider visiting popular galleries and historical sites during off-peak hours to avoid crowds.

Dining and Cuisine

Restaurants and food scenes, like those in Borough Market and Brick Lane , are vibrant. Opt for busy cafes to enjoy a solo afternoon tea . Always guard your personal items, especially in crowded places, and be aware of your surroundings as you dine.

Shopping and Markets

When shopping in places like Camden Market , keep your wallet secured and bags closed to prevent pickpocketing. Purchase authentic souvenirs directly from established vendors.

Enjoying the Nightlife

Nightlife in London, including various clubs , can be enjoyed safely. Stick to well-lit areas, and arrange your return transport beforehand. Keep your drink with you to avoid tampering.

Engaging in Local Activities

Join walking tours to see the Thames , London Eye , Big Ben , and the Tower of London with the safety of a group. These guided tours can often provide a secure way to learn about the city’s rich history.

How to Stay Safe in London as a Female Solo Traveler?

In London, safety is a priority for visitors, and as a female solo traveler, being aware of common concerns and taking sensible precautions can ensure a secure and enjoyable experience.

Common Safety Concerns

London, like any major city, has its share of safety concerns, notably pickpockets and petty theft , particularly in crowded areas such as tourist attractions, public transport, and busy streets. Scams can also occur, where someone may try to trick you into giving them money. Being vigilant is key.

Personal Safety Tips

Your personal safety can be increased through a number of safety tips :

  • Keep your belongings close and secure.
  • Avoid displaying valuables openly.
  • Be cautious when using ATMs and shield your PIN.
  • Learn to trust your instincts—if a situation feels wrong, leave.
  • Familiarize yourself with the area you’re staying in and plan your routes.
  • Stay in well-lit, populated areas at night, and perhaps carry a personal alarm.
  • Maintain regular contact with someone you trust to keep them informed of your whereabouts.

Local Laws and Customs

Understanding local laws and customs will help you interact confidently. Social norms in London value politeness and queuing is a common practice. Be aware that legal drinking age is 18, and drinking alcohol in some public spaces is restricted. Your cultural awareness will become an asset, helping you blend in and reducing unwanted attention.

Emergency Assistance

In case of emergency, the numbers to know are 999 for police, fire, or medical emergencies and 101 for non-emergency police inquiries. Keep these numbers saved in your phone. If you ever feel your safety is compromised, don’t hesitate to contact the local authorities as the police in London are generally helpful and take concerns seriously. As for medical care , the UK has a robust healthcare system, and many clinics can provide urgent care if needed.

Is London Safe at Night for a Girl?

London remains one of the most popular destinations for solo female travellers. However, navigating any major city at night requires additional precautions. If you’re planning to explore London after dark, here are some tips to ensure your safety:

  • Stay in well-lit areas : London’s central areas are generally well-lit and highly trafficked, which helps to ensure a certain level of safety. Avoid dimly lit alleys and side streets when walking at night.
  • Use reputable transport : The city’s public transport system is reliable. Buses and trains are safe options, but always check the last service times. London’s black cabs and licensed minicabs are a safer choice compared to unlicensed taxis.
  • Be aware of your surroundings : Keep your belongings secure and be mindful of pickpockets, especially in crowded places like tube stations and markets.
  • Trust your instincts : If a situation or a place feels unsafe, remove yourself from it. Don’t worry about being polite if someone is making you feel uncomfortable.
  • Travel in groups : If possible, join a group of other tourists or friends when going out at night. There is safety in numbers, and you’re also likely to enjoy the social aspect of it.

Being cautious and prepared will help make your nocturnal adventures in London both enjoyable and safe. Remember to always plan your route, and let someone know your itinerary when venturing out at night.

Where to stay in London single female?

When selecting accommodation in London as a solo female traveller, considering both safety and convenience is paramount. London offers various safe neighbourhoods that combine ease of access to major attractions with a comfortable and secure environment.

Central London areas such as Covent Garden and Soho are bustling with activities and well-lit streets, which enhances the safety factor. Opting for a centrally located hotel means you’ll be close to major attractions and in the heart of London’s vibrant atmosphere.

Kensington and Chelsea offer a more upscale experience with plenty of cafés and shops. The streets here are generally considered safe, and you’re well-connected via the Tube.

Should you prefer a more budget-friendly option, consider staying at:

  • Hostels in bustling areas like King’s Cross or Camden. Not only are these areas well-connected via public transport, but they also have lively atmospheres and are well-traversed until late hours.
  • Budget hotels or B&Bs in areas such as Paddington or Earl’s Court. These districts offer affordable accommodation without compromising on safety or accessibility.

For luxury, consider:

  • Boutiques in Mayfair : Surrounded by elegant architecture, you’ll find peace and quiet in a distinguished area.
  • High-end hotels in the City : Despite being primarily financial districts, they’re quiet during weekends, offering tranquility alongside luxury.

Accommodation options in London are plentiful and can cater to your preferences, whether you prioritize luxury, a tight budget, or something in between. Remember, it’s not just about finding a place to sleep, but choosing a base where you feel secure and connected.

Final Words and Summary

When considering your journey as a solo female traveler to London, rest assured that you are choosing a city recognized for its overall safety. Staying safe in London, much like any major urban environment, is about being aware of your surroundings and practicing common sense.

  • Select the right accommodation in well-lit, bustling neighborhoods
  • Keep valuables discreet and secure
  • Plan your transport routes to avoid late-night travel alone

London’s accessibility for first-time international solo travelers, especially those from North America, is highlighted due to its English-speaking environment and diverse culture . You can navigate the city with ease and confidence .

In summary, while no city is immune to petty crime, London is safe for solo female travelers when basic precautions are taken. Carry yourself with confidence and let common sense guide your decisions to enjoy all that London has to offer.

Remember, London’s appeal is vast, encompassing both history and modernity, providing a rich tapestry for every solo traveler to explore. With the right planning and encouragement to remain alert, your visit to London can be both enjoyable and safe.

Frequently Asked Questions

When considering a trip to London as a solo female traveler, your safety is paramount. It’s natural to have questions regarding how to navigate the city securely and what measures you can take to enhance your safety.

How does the safety of London at night compare for solo female travelers?

London maintains a reputation for being relatively safe at night, especially in well-lit and busier areas. However, like any major city, it is wise to remain vigilant, stick to populated streets, and avoid poorly-lit areas.

What are the safest areas in London for a solo female traveler to stay?

Areas such as Mayfair, Richmond, Covent Garden, and Kensington are known to be safe and welcoming for solo female travelers. These neighborhoods not only boast lower crime rates but also offer convenient access to amenities and transport links.

Which activities are recommended for a female traveling alone in London?

The city offers a multitude of solo-friendly activities, from exploring museums and galleries to attending theater shows. Many female travelers enjoy guided tours, as they provide both an opportunity to meet fellow travelers and move around the city safely.

Is it safe for a 20-year-old woman to travel to London solo?

Yes, London can be a safe destination for 20-year-old women traveling solo, as long as they follow standard safety precautions. Being streetwise and aware of personal belongings makes a significant difference.

What are the safety considerations for female students traveling to London?

Female students should prioritize accommodation in reputable areas, utilize the extensive public transport system wisely, and maintain communication with peers and family back home.

What precautions should American women take when traveling solo in London?

American women should be mindful of their surroundings, avoid displaying valuables conspicuously, and have knowledge of emergency services, including the local police hotline, which is 101 for non-emergencies.

How does the United Kingdom rank in safety for solo female travelers in comparison to other countries?

The United Kingdom generally ranks high in safety for solo female travelers, with a robust legal system and comprehensive public services. Comparatively, it stands as one of the safer options for women traveling alone, especially when employing common-sense safety measures.

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Is London Safe for Solo Female Travellers? 10 Safety Tips

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I often get asked “is London safe to visit” and “how can I be safe in London”. If you’re worried about London safety, look not further!

I first traveled to London many years ago and if I’m being honest, it’s become one of my favorite destinations.

You may be wondering how you can safely travel in London as a solo female traveler. I’ll give you a list of tried and true suggestions. These London safety tips will ensure you have a safe and fun adventure.

Read on to find out more!

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Quick Facts about London for Travellers

Before we get into the list, I’ll share some facts you might be interested to know.

The number of people living in London has grown substantially even surpassing New York City with a whopping population of nearly 9.5 million! (New York City is home to nearly 8.5 million inhabitants).

If, like me, you’re coming from New York City, you’ll need to survive a long-haul flight that is over 7 hours.

London is a very popular destination and often sees around 30 million visitors annually. While it’s no surprise to me, the country that visits London the most is…you guessed is, the United States!

London is actually the capital of England and they utilize the pound as their form of currency. If you’re from the U.S. like myself, the exchange rate is currently (as of October 2021) one pound to one dollar and thirty seven cents (£1 to $1.37 USD). 

In regards to the best time to travel, typically most people recommend the spring months of March to May. However I traveled in the summer and winter months, and had a lovely time during both seasons.

Popular tourist attractions that you would love when visiting London include Big Ben, Camden Market, Trafalgar Square, and the London Eye to name a few. You should include these things to do in London on your trip.

Famous dishes that London is known for are fish and chips (chips are actually french fries in England), English breakfast (which includes eggs, beans, tomatoes, toast, and sausage), and of course afternoon tea. 

Out of the attractions mentioned above, some of my favorites included eating fish & chips at Poppies, sampling a typical British breakfast at Regency Cafe, having afternoon tea at the Wallace Collection Restaurant, and checking out the art, graffiti, and nightlife scene at Camden Market.

Now that you know a little more about London, let’s get started with how you can maintain your safety when you visit!

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London Safe Areas for Visitors

London has many safe areas you can visit once you arrive.

The list of areas that are safe include: Bromley, Richmond upon Thames, Havering, Notting Hill, and Bexley although there are plenty more not included in this list. 

I want to take this time to quickly discuss two of the areas mentioned above: Notting Hill and Richmond upon Thames. You may have heard of Notting Hill previously and if you haven’t, no worries. Notting Hill is known for its beautiful colored homes, markets, theater, and restaurants. It’s also home to a widely celebrated Caribbean festival. 

Richmond upon Thames is unique in that it’s London’s only borough on both sides of the River Thames. It’s been voted as one of London’s happiest places to live. I can understand why it’s been given this title, since Richmond offers lush greenery and breathtaking views.

Although the aforementioned areas are considered safe, it’s important to remember that “safe” is relative. It goes without saying to always keep your wits about you wherever you are, especially in a big city like London.

Areas to Avoid in London

It’s no surprise that a big city will more than likely have areas you want to avoid finding yourself in.

A few areas that you may not want to visit include: Camden (not to be confused with Camden Market that I mentioned earlier), Enfield, Ealing, Kensington, Chelsea, Hackney, and Croydon to name a few. 

According to statistics, Croydon by far is the most dangerous borough in London with the highest reported crime being violence, followed by theft and vehicle offenses. 

Although the other areas mentioned are dangerous for reasons such as theft, violence, and sexual assault; it’s important to note that London is still relatively safe to travel in and considered one of the safest cities in Europe.

How to Seek Help in London 

Now that you know areas you should avoid in London, let’s discuss what you should do in the event you need help.

The name of the police force in London is the The Met Police and they are available 24/7 throughout the year. If you need emergency services while in London dial 112 or 999. 

I would also suggest ensuring you have purchased travel insurance prior to traveling in case of an emergency. Although U.K. residents can access free healthcare through National Health Services (NHS), overseas travelers aren’t so lucky and have to pay.

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Travel Tips While Exploring Tourist Attractions

A big part of my visit to London included visiting the tourist attractions.

This brings me to my first tip: While you may be excited to visit these attractions, please watch out for possible pickpockets and hold on tight to your belongings.

The last thing you want is for your items to be stolen on vacation. You can always utilize a fanny pack or scarf with hidden pockets to store your items.

Before sightseeing you may be wondering where to stay safely in London.

When looking for a safe location, I recommend a hotel located close to Oxford and the West End. It’s central and close to the bus if you’re commuting like a local. This is a great safety tip so you are somewhere safe, especially when returning to your accommodation at night.

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How to Travel Safely While Commuting in London

One thing I love about visiting London is how easy it is to commute. If you decide to use public transportation, I’d suggest purchasing an Oyster card which is similar to a Metrocard in New York City or a Presto Card in Toronto. 

An Oyster card can be utilized on both the bus and tube (train), and it’s economically cheaper than buying single ticket or Day Travelcards.

A feature that I love about the Oyster card is that daily capping is offered which means you can travel as much as you need to, and the cost will be capped for the day.

You can also use your Oyster card for entertainment purposes as well.

If you’re going to commute in London whether in the day or at night, make sure you’re aware of your surroundings.

If you’re using headphones it is best to keep your music volume low, though I would suggest taking them off completely especially if you’re alone.

If you plan on driving, keep in mind that in London you will be driving on the left side of the road. If you’re an American like me, this is a big change.

My fourth safety tip is to make sure you download a travel app such as Google maps to help you safely navigate whichever travel method you decide to use.

In addition to the travel methods I mentioned earlier, if you plan on taking a cab make sure the cab is registered and not unmarked. In London, black cabs are typically used. You should always ask for pricing upfront and google the typical cost between destinations. This is a safety tip many pros forget!

If you’re going to use Uber, make sure you check the license plate and ask the driver’s name prior to departure.

When traveling alone, it’s important that someone you can trust is aware of where you are at all times. This is my sixth tip: when traveling solo, make sure that someone back home has a copy of your itinerary. This will ensure that you can be traced back

wherever you go.

Make Copies of Important Documents While Traveling

Speaking of copies, my seventh tip is to make sure you make copies of important documents such as your passport and ID. If you lose or have these items stolen, a copy will come in handy for the U.S. Embassy or the embassy for your respective country of origin.

This is a must-know tip to travel safely , even if you aren’t going solo.

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Tips on How to Travel Safely in London at Night

London has a phenomenal night life worth exploring and it would be a shame to miss out.

If you decide to venture out alone you should keep these tips in mind:

  • If you’re going to have a drink make sure you watch it at ALL times, and limit your alcohol intake. Never leave your drink unattended or drink to the point where you’re incoherent.
  • If you plan on being out in the evening, my best advice is to exercise caution and stay in areas that are active with plenty of people. Avoid walking in secluded areas alone.

My last safety tip for London is to make sure you are confident and utilize your intuition.

Traveling alone is a very brave thing to do and we can often feel when something is wrong.

Pay close attention to this feeling and do NOT ignore it. Your intuition may be the very thing that saves your life.

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Final Thoughts on Traveling Safely Solo in London

While it’s normal to have fear or hesitation, it’s important to note that there is crime everywhere and as long as you take the necessary precautions, that shouldn’t deter you from exploring and seeing the world. London especially is an incredible city to visit. You’ll really miss out if you let fear control you.

Never limit yourself, and don’t be afraid to embark on your journey alone. You will not only feel accomplished but invigorated.

I hope you feel empowered to take the leap into travel with my london safety tips.

So what are you waiting for? Book your trip to London!

Lenore Golding

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Lenore also known as The Nitty Gritty Travel OT is a travel blogger from Queens, NY and Occupational Therapist who loves to travel for both work and fun. At this time, Lenore has traveled to over 11 countries and 14 U.S. states. The Nitty Gritty Travel OT was founded in 2019 and features travel itineraries, money saving tips during travel , resources, travel hacks, and inspiration.

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Is London Safe To Travel Alone? Local Solo Female Traveller Tips

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Is London safe to travel alone? In this solo travel London guide, I answer questions like how to travel solo in London, the safest areas in London to stay for solo travellers, and how to plan a solo trip to London.

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As a solo female traveller myself, I understand how difficult it can be to decide where your next solo adventure will take place.

In this solo travel in London article—the ultimate solo female travel London guide—I answer all the questions that you’ll have when planning a solo trip to London.

Questions like, is London safe for solo female travellers, how to stay safe in London as a solo traveller, is it safe to travel alone in London, the best places to stay in London for solo travellers, what to do in London alone , and much more.

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First up – Is London safe for solo female travellers? The answer to this question is yes! London is safe for solo female travellers. London is one of the safest cities in the world for solo travellers.

This is always the first question a lot of solo travellers ask themselves when travelling to The Big Smoke.

While travelling to London alone may be daunting, you don’t have to begin the trip blindly.

Luckily for you, there are a whole host of female go-getters that have taken on this task before you (me being one of them).

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I loved London so much now I live there, so you’ll be getting a first-hand guide on how to travel solo in London.

You can take a few pages out of my book, and learn the ins and outs of London. You’ll know how to stay safe in the city before you even get there.

If you’re reading this, I take it you’re in need of a little guidance with regards to solo travel, London.

Whether you want to find out more about London safety, or the very best things to do in London alone, there is an answer to all of your most burning questions.

I’ve got you covered with the ultimate solo female travellers guide to London. Read on and have all your safety and solo travel London questions answered. This guide will help put your mind at ease.

Plus, if this is your first time travelling alone to London and you have worried relatives, show them this guide to help put their minds at rest too!

How Safe Is London?

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When considering whether to take on this destination alone or with a travel buddy, you’ll more than likely be asking yourself – is London safe to travel alone?

It’s a beautiful city filled to the brim with sightseeing activities and attractions. London is one of the top destinations amongst every avid traveller’s dream.

In general, London is very safe. However, it is visited by a continuous stream of tourists throughout the year. This makes it a hotspot for pickpocketing and scams.

You need to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. As petty theft is the only real danger, you don’t have too much to worry about as long as you look out for your belongings and take precautions. You can start by investing in a good anti-theft bag .

So, when is it safe to travel to London alone? Always.

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Here’s everything you need to know about whether it’s safe to visit London right now.

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When travelling abroad, it’s essential to take safety precautions no matter where you’re going. Taking out travel insurance is a great way to gain peace of mind during your trip.

You’ll be able to enjoy travelling alone in London knowing your valuables will be replaced if anything should happen to them.

You’ll also have access to 24/7 medical assistance, and will remain covered while taking part in various adventure activities.

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Keeping Your Money Safe in London

Don’t ever leave your valuables unattended. Usually, this leads to a security alert, which is entirely unnecessary.

It’s also easy for someone to pinch (aka British slang for steal) your belongings while you’re not in sight.

So, no leaving your bags on the ground unattended near crowded tourist attractions while you do a full-on photo shoot for the “GRAM”. And then you act surprised and start crying when it gets stolen. I know this is harsh guys, but I’ve seen this happen.

There are opportunistic thieves everywhere just waiting for you to be careless with your stuff.

Just like in any other city, it’s best to be cautious when using an ATM. See that the ATM hasn’t been tampered with, and cover the keypad when typing in your PIN.

How Safe is Transport in London?

London has some great public transport options, so here’s a breakdown of which are the safest for solo female travellers.

If you are wondering if it’s safe to travel in London, I’ve covered all the top ways for you to travel safely in London.

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Is the London Underground Safe?

The London Underground is a local favourite, as thousands of locals use it every single day.

Nothing is ever 100% safe, but the London Underground is known for leading the world in transit safety. Plus, there are CCTV cameras in operation on the Underground to capture any incidents.

Are Buses Safe in London?

The bus system is generally safe. The only problems you might encounter are the occasional pickpocket and drunk ravers (mostly on weekends after a night out).

For this reason, I suggest you keep your valuables safe on you and travel downstairs on the bus if you’re alone and it’s late at night. This means there’ll always be other passengers and the driver will hear if there’s any commotion.

Also always check your seat before you leave the bus to make sure nothing has fallen out of your pockets, like your Oyster card or debit card.

People will generally hand cards and wallets they find to the driver, who will then hand them to the bus company’s lost and found department. If your details and contact number are in your purse, they will call you and tell you they have your belongings and where to collect it.

This has happened to me before and I got everything in my purse back. Mostly because it had my Oyster and British Library card. Yes, I am one of the few people alive that still owns a library card. What can I say—I like books.

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Is Uber Safe in London?

Uber is usually quite safe in London, but there are some risks that come with getting in any car. Be sure to stick to Uber’s official safety precautions if you decide to use the service. You can also send your route to a friend, to make sure they can track that you got home okay. I do this all the time after a night out with friends.

Before getting into any Uber, always make sure the driver is there for you and has your correct drop-off address.

Are Taxis Safe in London?

Taxis are generally safe in London, but it’s essential only to use official taxis. There are plenty of reliable taxi services around London. Many of them can be hailed from the side of the road, but pre-booking is also an option.

Is it Safe to Walk Alone in London at Night?

Most areas of London are pretty safe to walk around at night. However, I would recommend being alert as you walk around, not having your headphones in or having the volume up too loud, so that you wouldn’t hear if someone was behind you.

Emergency Numbers You Must Know When Visiting London

In case of emergencies such as a fire or terrorist attack, these are the emergency numbers you should know. Both 999 and 112 numbers are for the emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) in London.

Essential Tips for Solo Female Travel in London

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Here are a few tips for solo female travellers on how to stay safe in London and other must-know guidelines. These tips for travelling around London safely will help you explore your destination while taking the correct precautions.

Here are a few of my top safety tips for travelling to London as a female alone:

London is a magical place with plenty of mysteries to be discovered. But staying safe when you travel alone in London is the only way you’ll have a good time.

While you’re walking around this famed city, it’s best not to wear headphones. These decrease your awareness of your surroundings – and it’s important to stay vigilant and aware, even in the safest cities.

It’s best to avoid walking alone at night. Rather travel via public transport, or order a taxi.

If you discover that someone has stolen something from you, the best thing to do is dial 101.

This will connect you to the closest police station where you can report the crime.

Is London Safe For Solo Travel?

After everything you’ve read so far, you may be wondering, ‘is it safe to go to London alone?’

The answer is yes, London is a great place for solo travel as there is so much to do and it is easy to connect with other solo travellers.

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Why Solo Travel to London?

If you’re wondering why London is great for solo female travellers, then wonder no more! This exciting megalopolis is filled to the brim with thrilling activities and incredible things to do in London on your own.

There is an almost unlimited amount of landmarks and neighbourhoods to be explored. So no matter how long your holiday in London is, you’ll likely never run out of things to do in this historic city.

It’s also great that the city is predominantly English speaking. This makes getting instructions and reading signage a whole lot easier for English speakers.

It’s also very safe as far as cities go, rated as a low-risk city for solo female travellers .

How to Plan Your Solo Trip to London

The very first thing you need to decide when planning your trip is when you should visit London .

The city is incredibly beautiful all year, but presents different opportunities depending on the season you decide to travel.

Once you’ve decided on a time of year, you can start looking for the best flight deals and planning where to stay in London . There are so many great neighbourhoods in the city that you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Trafalgar Square in London

After making all these travel arrangements, you’ll need to decide what you want to get up to while you’re there.

Although leaving room for spontaneity is always fun, be sure to make a list of a few extraordinary things to do in London by yourself.

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Taking a trip to London by yourself begs the question, what is there to do in London alone? There are endless perks to travelling by yourself.

These include never having to compromise on the activities you enjoy and spending your preferred amount of time at each activity.

As well as staying where you want and doing what you want, it honestly doesn’t get better than that.

No having to wait for someone else to choose where they want to eat for breakfast/lunch or having to do a silly tour or activity you have no interest in.

Daytime Things To Do Alone in London

There are thousands of activities to choose from, so I’m going to narrow it down to a few of my top picks. Here’s what to do alone in London during the day.

Stroll Down the Victoria Embankment

The Victoria Embankment is a river walk that winds its way along the side of the Thames.

Victoria Embankment London

It runs from the Palace of Westminster, all the way to Blackfriars Bridge. Although the walk itself is beautiful, there are plenty of other attractions along the way.

The Battle of Britain Monument, the HMS President, and the Victoria Embankment Gardens are all located along this walk.

With so many places to visit along the way, you’ll be indulging in a healthy dose of exercise with a side of entertainment.

The Victoria Embankment Gardens are a series of gardens that contain interesting statues and monuments.

The Sir Arthur Sullivan memorial, the Imperial Camel Corps, and the Equatorial Sundial are some of the most exciting features in the gardens.

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Go Bargain Hunting at a Market

London has an overwhelming selection of markets. Be sure to set one day aside to explore a lot of them.

Camden Market is located in Camden borough, where you’ll find plenty of alternative stalls. You’ll find everything from vintage clothes to gothic giftware, tarot readers and delicious food.

Camden Lock Market

Borough Market is a market hall in Southwark, London. It’s predominantly a specialty foods market and has been around since the 12th century – making it one of the oldest markets in the country. If you’re up for a tasty treat in London, this is a place you shouldn’t miss.

Brick Lane is a Sunday market located in East London. The market is located in the heart of London’s Bangladeshi community and is every bargain hunter’s dream.

It is filled with a wide range of items from antique books to 8-track tapes. It’s regularly visited by photographers, art students and local hipsters looking for cheap vintage clothes, cameras and other nick-nacks.

Catch a Movie at Prince Charles Cinema

The Prince Charles Cinema is a movie theatre located in the West End of London. It originally started as a theatre in 1962, and eventually converted into a cinema. This old-timey cinema has become a hit among the locals, and the tourists too.

It’s been known to play old classics, as well as new Hollywood releases. So if you decide to visit, you’re in for a mixed bag of treats.

During the weekends, the cinema often displays double features, and sometimes even all-night movie marathons. If you’re a film buff, this is one of the best things to do in London by yourself.

Try Your Hand at a Fulham Palace Park Run

If you have a competitive streak, then why not take on the Fulham Palace Park Run. The fit and not-so-fit locals meet every Saturday morning at 9 am. It’s a 5-kilometre race that takes place in Bishops Park.

The views are absolutely beautiful, and there’s no better way to immerse yourself in nature than with this lovely run.

If you haven’t trained, join in anyway. There are no rules against walking where you have to.

There’s no fee but remember to register online before the race. You’ll be given a unique barcode, so be sure to bring it with you to the race. Without it, you won’t be able to take part.

Go on a Photo Mission in the City

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London is full to the brim with beautiful locations. Whether you’re looking to take a shot for your next Instagram post or keep a record of the beautiful things you saw, London has a location for you.

Map out a list of your must-see landmarks, and take a day out of your London itinerary to take some photos.

Here are a few of the best photo opportunities in London:

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Take a Ride on the London Eye

Riding the London Eye is a right of passage of sorts for all London tourists. Take in the spectacular views of the city below and the boats floating along the Thames.

The giant wheel was initially built to celebrate the turn of the millennium and is now a landmark that draws hundreds of thousands of people every year.

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The pods that you ride in are spacious, and there are different options available. You can share a pod with other visitors to the London Eye, or spend a little extra for a private pod.

I always think it’s better to join in with others, especially when you’re travelling London alone. It allows you to meet new people and make memories with plenty of other travellers.

Things To Do Alone in London at Night

Is London safe at night? Well, yes! Just because the sun has set and the air is cool, doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Here’s what to do in London by yourself at night.

Visit the Angel Comedy Club

Angel Comedy Club is located in Islington, London. They bring seven nights of comedy every single week.

If you feel like having a good laugh, this is a great thing to do at night. It’s also a great way to meet other people over a bonding comedy show.

Because Angel Comedy Club believes in making comedy more accessible to the public, these comedy nights are free. The drinks are also very reasonably priced, so it makes for a great budget activity in London.

Listen to Live Music

If you’re in the mood to listen to some live music, there are plenty of perfect spots in London.

The Ain’t Nothin But Blues Bar is a well-known bar in the city that showcases great blues artists every night. Some nights, the bar erupts into dancing while other times there’s a more mellow vibe. It’s recommended that you arrive early as there are often queues to get in.

KOKO is yet another great venue to watch live music. It’s so great that Madonna hosted her very first UK performance at this venue.

The venue has six bars and a stage, with an incredibly theatrical feel to it. In the summer months, they open the rooftop bar, which adds another dimension to this great live music venue.

If you’re in the mood for something a little more mellow, why not hit The Piano Works, located in Farringdon warehouse. Pianists perform live every night, playing audience-requested music back-to-back.

Go on a Late Night Shopping Spree

Although it doesn’t have the nickname “the city that never sleeps”, London does bear a few of the same night-owl traits.

There are plenty of places in London that provide late-night shopping experiences. This allows you to free up your daytime for things like sightseeing activities.

If you feel like shopping for high-end brands and luxury items, then visit the hundreds of shops at Westfield London centre.

Bond Street

For a completely different kind of experience, visit the largest mall in Europe – Westfield Stratford City.

Oxford Street is another great place that is home to a variety of stores that leave their doors open until late at night. It’s a great place to shop department stores as well as designer brands.

Walk the City at Night with a Guided Tour

While in the safety precautions I recommended you don’t walk through the city at night by yourself, there is still a way you can experience the vibrant nighttime atmosphere.

You could take a haunted pub tour through the streets of London, learning about the city’s most infamous ghosts. You’ll also learn about the tales of gruesome murders that took place in years gone by.

If you’re into spooky tours then a Jack the Ripper tour might be right up your alley. You’ll learn about this criminal and how he became so famous around the world.

If you’re looking for something a little tamer, then an evening city and food tour might be the one for you.

You’ll get the chance to explore some of the more exciting areas of London and indulge in a delicious six-course meal.

Pay a Visit to an English Pub

If there’s one thing that England as a whole is known for, it’s the many pubs that are scattered across the country.

London, in particular, is home to a great many pubs, all of which deserve a visit. You’ll unlikely be able to visit them all during your trip, so here are a few you should try out.

The Spaniards Inn is a pub in Hampstead that has been around since 1585. It’s well known amongst the locals as a place that Charles Dickens used to frequent.

There’s a large terrace, perfect for sipping beer on a warm summer’s day. In the wintertime, you can cosy up by the fireplace while sipping on your favourite brew.

The Prospect of Whitby provides gorgeous riverside views. It’s thought to be one of the oldest riverside pubs, dating back to 1520.

It was once the local watering hole of pirates, smugglers, sailors, and petty thieves, but has managed to gain a more respectable reputation over the past few hundred years.

Remember to never leave your drink unattended in bars or clubs, as it can be spiked. If a cute guy asks to buy you a drink in a pub or bar, go with him to the bar to make sure that he is not tampering with your drink.

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When you travel alone in London, you have the exciting job of choosing where to stay in this beautiful city. Here are a few of the best places to stay for London solo travel.

Is Canary Wharf Safe?

Canary Wharf is a business district and one of the main financial hubs in London. During the day it’s filled with bank and office workers, and at night Canary Wharf is quiet, but very safe. You’re more likely to be robbed by the banks in Canary Wharf than by anyone else :).

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The promenade by the river by the pier, near the ferry docks, has a few nice restaurants, upscale bars and cool watering holes. There’s a fair amount of buzz during happy hour, and it’s a gorgeous walk in the evenings. That’s why I think this area is safe and great for solo travellers.

Britannia International Hotel Canary Wharf

The Britannia International Hotel Canary Wharf is just 600 metres away from the Canary Wharf Underground Station, making it a great place to base yourself during your solo travels.

It offers spacious rooms as well as free WiFi access, and many of the rooms have stunning Docklands views.

There are two on-site restaurants, one serving traditional British breakfasts, and the other serving delicious pizzas.

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Is Alexandra Palace Safe?

Alexandra Palace is a safe area with lots of green space and great event venues. You can also get panoramic views of London from Ally Pally.

Green Rooms

The Green Rooms is a hotel located just 1.4 kilometres from Alexandra Palace. There are a variety of accommodation options ranging from dormitories to private rooms and apartments.

There are regular events being held at the hotel, including a DJ that comes to play a set almost every weekend.

Art exhibitions are also frequently held on-site, so be sure to take full advantage of all the little extras. Pop-up restaurants often set up shop in the hotel, so you’ll surely be in for a unique experience.

All these regular social events make this one of the best hotels for solo travellers in London.

Is Shoreditch Safe?

Shoreditch is relatively safe, plus it is far more trendy than the other neighbourhoods. If you are looking to be near cool bars and quirky speakeasies and still feel safe, then Shoreditch is the area you’ll want to stay in. If you read this blog enough you’ll already know that I love Shoreditch and all its eccentricities

CitizenM London Shoreditch Hotel

This lovely hotel offers free WiFi, an on-site bar, and a chic lobby for socialising. It’s affordable luxury, in one of the hippest neighbourhoods in London. There is also the great CanteenM serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner and more.

The hotel is located just a 5-minute walk away from the Shoreditch High Street Overground station. This makes it a great place to stay while you’re in London.

Wrapping Up Travelling Alone in London

So, is London good for solo female travel? I would have to give that answer a “heck, yes”!

In fact, I would go as far as saying that visiting London alone is one of the best solo travel experiences you can have. And I’m not just saying that because I live in the city. But it truly is.

Now that you know why it’s so amazing, and you understand how to travel alone safely, it’s time to book your solo holiday to one of the greatest cities in Europe—if not the world.

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The Ultimate Guide to Solo Female Travel in London

02/14/2024 by Guest Blogger 1 Comment

This is a guest post by Alice.

London is one of my favourite cities in the world. I love the energy, the history, the famous sights, the skyscrapers, and the beautiful parks and gardens. It’s a city with so much to offer and it’s also one of the easiest cities to travel solo . 

I’ll be completely honest – I’m not typicaly a solo traveller. I usually explore the world with my fiance, but I recently got back from one of my first solo adventures and it was to London. I found everything so simple . From getting around the city to finding things to do, to finding places to eat. The whole experience was fantastic and I’m even planning another solo trip there soon!

So, if you plan on travelling to London alone, here are my top tips to make it as enjoyable as possible. Trust me, despite being a pretty big city, exploring London solo isn’t half as scary as it seems:

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Best Places to Visit in London

There are lots of great places to visit in London – and I mean lots! The city is bustling with activity, from the infamous Buckingham Palace to the scenic London Eye. Here are a few places to add to your London bucket list.

Visit the Tower of London

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The Tower of London is fantastic. Located on the north side of the Thames (near Tower Bridge), this historic structure was once part of London’s defences. You can see the Crown Jewels, the White Tower, the Battlements, a fairly gruesome torture exhibit, and much more. 

It can get pretty busy, so if you want to avoid the crowds, I recommend getting here early and visiting on a weekday, or book an early access tour .

Tickets aren’t cheap at £33.60 per adult. But if you enjoy history and want to dive into London’s past, there’s no better place to do it. Plus, you can see panoramic views over the Thames and Tower Bridge from the top.

Explore Westminster

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When you see photographs of London, they’ll most likely have been taken from this area. If you’re exploring London solo, you can’t miss Westminster. It’s home to Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and much more. 

It’s almost always busy, so be extra careful with your belongings. But, there are always so many tourists that it’s pretty safe to visit solo. 

Get off at Westminster Station and you’ll be opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. From there, you can walk across the bridge to the London Eye, or head past the Houses of Parliament to Westminster Abbey.

Top Tip: If you walk down towards the London Eye, cross the road, and walk down the stairs on the other side of the bridge, you’ll come across a great little photography spot. I recommend coming here on a weekday or early morning as it can get quite crowded. 

Visit the Natural History Museum

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This attraction combines three of my favourite things: history, beautiful buildings, and free attractions! It’s one of the prettiest museums in the city and is completely free to enter. You’ll need to book tickets online though (the queue to get in is pretty horrendous otherwise),

Inside, you’ll find a huge array of exhibits all divided into different areas. You’ll find birds in one section, big cats in another, insects, fish and sea creatures, and much more. You’ll also be able to see a huge whale skeleton when you enter the museum.

It can easily take about half a day to see everything in the Natural History Museum. Especially if you want to read all the information, attend the shows, and explore all the interactive exhibits. But, this as it’s one of the best free things to do in London – and you can’t beat a freebie, right?

Admire the views from Sky Garden

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Speaking of freebies, Sky Garden is another incredible London attraction that won’t cost you a penny. Located just a 15-minute walk from Tower Bridge, this gorgeous spot has grown in fame in recent years. But it’s not hard to see why!

It’s London’s highest public garden and, with a range of flowers, trees, and tropical plants, it’s literally a tropical paradise in the sky. You may also find a queue to get in here, even if you have booked a ticket (which I highly recommend), but it’s worth it for the stunning views over the Thames and Tower Bridge. You could even grab a bite to eat or a cocktail with a view as well!

Walk along the Thames

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The most famous river in England, the Thames is pretty hard to miss since many of the city’s top attractions are perched along its banks. Going for a stroll along the riverbank is one of the easiest ways to see a lot of London. 

If you don’t mind long walks, start from Tower Bridge and walk all the way down to the London Eye. It’ll take about 40 minutes, but you’ll pass some iconic landmarks along the way such as Millenium Bridge (a great one for Harry Potter fans), Shakespeare’s Globe, and the HMS Belfast.

Eat street food in Camden Market

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Camden Market is one of my favourite spots in the city to grab lunch. I always remember coming here with my mum when I was growing up. We’d wander around the stalls but always end up buying a big bowl of Chinese noodles. It was delicious!

But, there’s lots more than Chinese food here. You’ll be tempted by pizza, hot dogs, tacos, smoothies, deep-fried chicken burgers, Sri Lankan curries, Katsu chicken, and much more. Then, don’t even get me started on the sweets! If you love street food, you will fall in love with Camden Market.

Visit Notting Hill

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From the vibrant, grungy Camden to the pretty, pastel Notting Hill, this area of London has much more of an upscale vibe. This is where you’ll find the famous Portobello Market, historic gems like Alice’s Antique Store, and film scene favourites like the pink house from Love Actually. 

One of the best things to do here is to simply have a wander. Explore colourful streets like Lancaster Road and Farm Place and visit the gorgeous Holland Park where you’ll find the Japanese-inspired Kyoto Garden.

How to Get Around London

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One of the things I love most about travelling solo in London is how easy it is to get around. The London Underground can get you anywhere within the city centre and the overground can get you to the outskirts and other places in the UK. 

Unfortunately, train strikes are pretty common in London, but the buses (although slower) can get you anywhere the trains can.

For the Underground and London buses, you can buy an Oyster Card or your debit card to pay. An Oyster Card is a prepaid card that you can buy at the larger stations. The card itself costs £7, but you can then top it up every time you travel to London and then swipe it at every station. You can also just swipe your debit card (or credit card, Apple Pay etc) on the ticket barriers. 

There are also zone caps for transport in London. These caps mean you’ll never pay more than a certain amount per day for your travel. As a tourist in London, you’ll typically be in Zones 1-3, meaning your daily spend will cap out at £9.60, no matter how often you use the underground, buses, the DLR, trams, and light trains.

Top Tip: Remember to always use the same method to pay for your public transport in London. If you use different methods, for example, Apple Pay for one payment and then your contactless debit card for another, they won’t count towards the cap and you may be charged more.

How to Meet Others while Travelling Alone in London

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In such a busy city, it can be tricky to meet new people, especially when everyone always seems to be in a hurry. But, here are my favourite ways to make friends when travelling alone in London.

Group tours

There are so many tours available in London , from free walking tours to double-decker bus tours with afternoon tea. If you’re looking to meet new people, I suggest walking tours as you’re much more likely to be speaking to others during these.

Hostels are a great way to meet people from all over the world. Most solo travelers will stay in hostels either for the affordability or to make new friends. There are lots of great hostels in London (such as Wombats or St Christopher’s Inns ) and many of them have evening activities, games rooms, or bars which are great ways to be sociable. You can also simply strike up a conversation with someone in your dorm room.

This may seem like an unusual way to meet people when travelling, but the British love their pub culture. People will often head down to the pub after work and it’s often easy enough to start a conversation with someone at the bar. 

How to Stay Safe in London

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It’s so important to stay safe in London , especially if you’re traveling alone. The city is generally a very safe place to visit and you’re not likely to encounter any violent crime. Follow these simple rules to ensure your safety in London:

Don’t flash your valuables

Like many cities in Europe , the most common problem in London is pickpocketing. I’ve personally never been pickpocketed in London and I’ve visited the city countless times. However, a girl in my dorm room on my last trip had her phone stolen. So, unfortunately, it does happen. 

The only thing you can really do is to be careful with your belongings, especially in crowded areas. Ensure anything valuable is hidden or secure. For instance, if you have a camera, put it away when you’re not using it and ensure the strap is securely around your wrist when you are. 

Likewise, invest in a secure bag . Many backpacks have lockable compartments and, if you’re putting things in our pockets, ensure those pockets have zips.

Stick to touristy areas after dark – avoid alleys and back streets 

London is a touristy city, but if you head slightly off the beaten track, you’ll find a lot of alleyways, and back streets that might be less secure. Try to avoid these at night if possible and stick to the busier, well-lit areas.

Be wise to scams

The amount of times I’ve walked past crowds of tourists watching “magic tricks” on Westminster Bridge that are actually people scamming you for money is unbelievable. Steer clear of anyone trying to offer you a free flower or a free bracelet, only use registered taxis, and always use a VPN when connecting to free wifi.

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Stay in regular contact with friends and family

This is so important when you travel solo, but keeping in contact with loved ones back home can help ensure you stay safe. Always tell someone where you are going and if you’ve arrived safely and that way, if something were to happen to you, they’d be able to report it quicker.

Where to Find the Best Food in London

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London is amazing for food. It has incredible restaurants with cuisines from all around the world, from traditional British fare to intriguing fusion dishes. Here are a few of the top places to eat in London.

Street markets

One of the best places to eat if you’re solo travelling in London is the street markets. I’ve already mentioned my deep love for Camden Market – honestly, if you don’t visit here, you’re missing out – but there are many other markets in London.

I recommend visiting Borough Market (my second favourite spot after Camden), Pop in Brixton, Old Spitalfields Market, KERB, and Seven Dials Market in Neals Yard. But, don’t limit yourself to this. There are lots of street markets in London and it’s always worth having a look around if you find one.

Food Courts

Another great way to find a huge variety of cuisines under one roof is to explore London’s food court scene. 

Food courts are a little like street markets except it’s much less of a grab-and-go and more of a school-canteen-style scenario. Nonetheless, you still have a lot of choices and these are usually pretty budget-friendly too. 

Some of my favourite food courts include Kingly Court, Mercato Mayfair, and Eataly. 

For authentic Asian cuisine in London, go to Chinatown. There is a range of great food, great prices, and such a vibrant atmosphere. 

The people who own restaurants here tend to be immigrants who have moved to London. You’ll find Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Vietnamese and many more nationalities here, along with authentic and delicious food.

Traditional pubs

Lastly, you can’t go wrong with a pub in London. Many of these establishments date back years and serve a delightful array of British classics. Fish and chips, steak and ale pie, sausage and mash, and a traditional roast dinner are usually on the menu, so it’s a great option if you’re looking for a hearty English dinner.

The Best Time to Visit London

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You can visit London all year round, so the best time to visit depends on what you want to see. 

November to December is the Christmas season in London. The city comes alive with festive lights, decorations, markets, and events. Plus, it’s home to one of the best New Year’s Eve fireworks displays in Europe. So, if you’re feeling festive, this is a great time to visit. 

Spring can be a bit rainy, but prices will be lower than in summer and crowds will also be smaller (excluding Easter and the Bank Holidays in May). For the best chances of good spring weather, visit between late April to May. 

Summer in London is always busy and expensive. But you’ll also find lots going on such as festivals, outdoor cinemas, and events. If you can deal with the prices and the crowds, you’ll also find the best weather in summer. 

However, my personal favourite time to visit London is in the Autumn. Late September to October is perfect with lower prices and smaller crowds compared to the summer months, and still sunny weather. Plus, the autumn foliage in some of the parks and gardens is beautiful.

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If you love exploring big cities, you can’t go wrong with a solo trip to London. There’s always something going on and such a range of things to do. From huge museums to boat cruises to historical landmarks, skyline viewpoints, and beautiful parks and gardens, you can stay in London for a month and still not see everything. It’s also a fairly safe city with plenty of budget options and free things to do for solo travellers. Overall, you can’t go wrong with a solo trip to London and I hope this guide convinces you to book the flights!

About the author: Alice is the UK travel blogger behind  Adventures of Alice . Through her blog and social media, she shares stories, itineraries, photography, and practical tips for exploring big cities and the great outdoors. Alice took her first trip abroad in 2016 and has since then been on a non-stop adventure! She created Adventures of Alice to inspire people to explore the unexplored and to show that budget-friendly travel can still be luxurious.

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Caroline says

04/10/2024 at 11:13 am

Wow, this article completely resonates with my solo travel journey! London’s vibe is indeed magnetic, and your tips are spot on for any adventurous soul ready to explore. As a solo female traveler, it’s empowering to see such practical advice. Thanks for sharing your insights

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35 epic things to do alone in london: solo travel guide by a local.

Are you wondering what to do in London alone? Then you’ve come to the right place.

I am not only a Londoner, born and bred, but I have also been a passionate solo traveller for many years . As I know my hometown like the back of my hand and have first-hand experience of the challenges faced by solo travellers, I can steer you towards the very best things to do alone in London.

Whether you are a culture vulture, a fervent foodie or a seasoned shutterbug, there is something for every traveller. Many of London’s famous attractions make the cut but I have also thrown in less obvious solo activities.

At the end of the article, you’ll also find London solo travel tips, including advice on choosing accommodation and safety tips for female solo travellers.

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My Top 10 Things to Do Alone in London

In a hurry? Let’s cut to the chase.

In no particular order of preference, here are my favourite things to do in London solo.

1. Enrich your mind at one of London’s major museums

Visiting a museum is an ideal thing to do in London by yourself. Better still, entry to the permanent exhibitions in most of London’s museums is free.

Lovers of fashion and design will adore the  Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) , and history buffs will flock to the British Museum . If you are itching to learn more about our natural world, check out the Natural History Museum .

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Perhaps I’m biased because I work there as a volunteer, but I love South Kensington’s  Science Museum .

Even if you are not a museum person, the buildings that these collections are housed in are works of art and  London landmarks  in their own right.

2. Visit one of London’s free art galleries

Is art more of your thing? If so, you’ll be spoilt for choice in London. Again, permanent exhibitions are usually free.

For artistic immersion, head to  The National Gallery  on Trafalgar Square.

Or pop into one of London’s Tate Museums .

Visit Tate Britain for a walk through British art history. Or if you love modern art, there’s  Tate Modern  housed in the husk of a disused power station on London’s South Bank.

looking at the exterior of tate modern london from millennium bridge

More intimate galleries that I love are the Wallace Collection, the Queen’s Gallery and the Dulwich Picture Gallery .

3. Be dazzled by the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

the tower of london exterior

The Tower of London is a very popular attraction for very good reasons.

Over its colourful 1,000-year history it has been a fortress and a palace. It was used to store records of government and was the site of a royal menagerie, the Royal Mint and armouries.

READ THIS NEXT: 15 Insider Tips for Visiting the Tower of London

Today’s visitors arrive in their droves to gaze at the Crown Jewels, the gold and gem-encrusted ceremonial items worn by British kings and queens, and to revel in its sometimes gory history. It was from here that Anne Boleyn and Guy Fawkes were incarcerated and were led to their grisly fate.

Their stories and more are brought to life during the free 45-minute walking tour led by the famous Yeoman Warders, also known as ‘Beefeaters.’ Delivered with style and humour, this is one of the highlights of the Tower of London that can’t be missed.

>>> BUY YOUR TICKET FOR THE TOWER OF LONDON HERE . ENTRY TO THE TOWER OF LONDON IS INCLUDED IN THE LONDON PASS AND LONDON EXPLORER PASS .

4. Embrace your inner classic music aficionado at St Martin in the Fields

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If classical music is more to your taste,  St Martin in the Fields   holds regular free 30-minute concerts. I love the church’s inexpensive  café  in its crypt and its terrace cafe, both of which are inexpensive lunch options if you are in the Trafalgar Square area.

Another good option for free lunchtime concerts is the historic church of St. James in Picadilly .

5. See London’s highlights on a self-guided tour

Forget about those hop-on-hop-off tourist buses clogging London’s streets. The very best way to see the capital is on foot.

One of my favourite things to do in London is to seek out its familiar, and less familiar, sights by doing a walking tour. And the beauty of doing a self-guided tour is that you can go at your own pace (and skip the less interesting bits).

Insider Tip! Best London Walking Tour Books

  • Time Out London Walks: 30 Walks by Writers, Comedians and Historians
  • Walking London: Thirty Original Walks in and Around London (Andrew Duncan)
  • London’s Hidden Walks (Andrew Duncan)

6. Or join a guided walking tour

If you don’t fancy going it alone, there is a good choice of  guided London walking tours  available to accommodate all interests. This can also be a good way to  meet people as a solo traveller .

From a food walking tour of Borough Market to immersion in Harry Potter’s Muggle land , there’s something for everyone.

Friends have highly recommended the street art tours in East London. However, armed with a little information, you can do this by yourself.

brick-lane-street-art-of young girl with heart shaped glasses

READ THIS NEXT: Street Art in Brick Lane, London: A Self-guided Walking Tour

7. Visit the Sky Garden

For the best free view in town, head to 20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the Walkie Talkie building, home to London’s Garden in the Clouds.

people walking down curved steps in sky garden with lush ferns and curved glass window and ceiling

The  Sky Garden  offers a 360-degree panorama of London’s iconic skyline. On a clear day, the views are sensational, from the Tower of London and Canary Wharf to the east, and St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye to the west.

Advance booking  is essential.

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8. Or take in the view from The Shard

If your budget can stretch that far, buy a ticket for The View from The Shard.

Soaring to a height of over 310 meters above the River Thames, The Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom and the highest viewing platform in London. The panorama from its viewing platforms is hard to beat.

aerial view from the shard of the river thames and 4 of its bridges

For the best prices, buy your ticket from The Shard’s ticket office .

>>> ENTRY IS INCLUDED IN THE LONDON PASS AND LONDON EXPLORER PASS (RESERVATION REQUIRED)

But did you know that you can visit The Shard for free ?

Aqua Shard, one of the building’s six restaurants, offers some of the best views in the building. Although you won’t reach the dizzy heights of level 68 and beyond, its double-height glass walls on floor 31 envelop you in London’s skyline.

Advance reservations are advised.

READ THIS NEXT : How to Visit The Shard for Free: A Local’s Guide

9. Take a riverboat along the Thames

small blue and white boat on river thames

Take a riverboat along the Thames for a leisurely day out and a chance to see many of London’s most famous bridges from a different perspective.

A one-day  River Roamer ticket  gives you unlimited travel on the  Thames Clippers’ service .

This will allow you to hop on and hop off between 23 piers along the river and explore some of the city’s attractions. These include Battersea Power Station to the west, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Tate Modern, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and historic Greenwich to the east.

Alternatively, why not take a traditional Thames River cruise with live commentary? Book your Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise here or your Westminster to Tower Bridge trip here .

10. Lose yourself in Kew Gardens

duck sitting on flower planter in front of lake in kew gardens london

Strolling around the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is one of my favourite solo travel London activities.

Home to the world’s largest and most diverse collection of plants – over 50,000 plant species at the last count – Kew Gardens is one of the capital’s treasures.

The Temperate House  and the  Palm House  offer a warm winter refuge for plants and visitors alike and are jewels of Victorian engineering.

Embrace your inner child by walking across the  Treetop Walkway , suspended 18 metres above ground and offering a bird’s eye view of the forest. Or check out Kew Gardens’ art installation,  The Hive , an immersive sight and sound experience.

Although there’s something to see in Kew Gardens all year round, I prefer the explosion of colour in springtime and the spectacular foliage of the arboretum in autumn.

>>> CLICK HERE TO BOOK A TICKET FOR THE KEW GARDENS. ENTRY IS INCLUDED IN THE LONDON PASS AND LONDON EXPLORER PASS (RESERVATION REQUIRED)

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11. explore london’s smaller museums.

horniman-museum-walrus

By ticking off the major museums on our travel bucket lists, there’s the risk that the smaller museums are omitted. If you are in a city for a limited time, this is inevitable as priority is given to the big hitters.

London is home to some wonderful, smaller museums which are perfect for mooching around alone if time permits.

Local’s Tip! My Pick of London’s Best Small Museums

London Cinema Museum – for a journey into cinema’s past

Horniman Museum – a quirky natural history museum in a beautiful setting, famous for its giant stuffed walrus

Museum of Brands – for a surprisingly fascinating insight into marketing and brands.

12. Join a tour or talk at The British Museum

people in the great court of the british museum

The  British Museum  is one of my favourite hangouts and it has a stimulating programme of events year-round. These range from excellent  free gallery tours , that are led by volunteers, to more in-depth explorations of cultural and historic subjects.

You can just turn up on the day for most of the free gallery tours. However, book online for the paid-for talks as these are very popular.

But if you miss out on the talks, don’t miss out on the museum. It truly has a world-beating collection, from imposing African statues to the glorious Lindisfarne Gospel from Northumbria’s  Holy Island.

13. Dive into WW2 history at the Churchill War Rooms

models of 2 solders looking at a map in a war office

Step back into the dark days of the Second World War by visiting the fascinating Churchill War Rooms .

This painstakingly preserved subterranean warren was home to Churchill and other top-ranking British officials during World War II. From here, the British government directed the Second World War.

The sense of history is almost tangible.

14. Plan your next solo trip in an old-fashioned bookshop

A bookshop is a perfect refuge for the solo traveller. Sadly, in these days of Amazon – other online retailers are available –  bookshops are becoming rarer, and those with character rarer still.

Luckily for us locals, London has managed to cling onto many of its bookshops.

King amongst these is  Daunt Books  in Marylebone. Solo travellers will be bowled over by its extensive collection of travel publications, perfect for an hour’s browsing.

woman with her arm around a sculpture of Paddington bear

15. Bag a good spot for the Changing of the Guard

There are few things that Britain does better than pomp and ceremony, and the Changing of the Guard is an excellent place to experience this.

The Changing the Guard is when the King’s Guard transfers responsibility to the New Guard and spans three locations: Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Wellington Barracks.

This 45-minute ceremony takes place on select days (typically Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays) and starts at 11 a.m. Times and days do change and you should check the schedule here .

This spectacle is completely free to watch. That said, to understand what is going on and to bag the best spots, it’s worth looking at this inexpensive walking tour with a local guide.

16. Take a stroll along the Victoria Embankment

There are so many London walks from which to choose but this one takes in many of London’s top sights.

The 2km Victoria Embankment river walk from the Palace of Westminster to Blackfriars Bridge is a perfect way to spend an afternoon by yourself.

red bus crossing bridge over the thames in london with houses of parliament and big ben

If the weather is kind to you, take a break in the  Victoria Embankment Gardens  near Charing Cross Station. A café is open in the warmer months, and there are summer concerts on the garden’s bandstand.

Alternatively, if you are seeking open spaces, walk the Pymmes Brook Trail in North London.

17. Smell the flowers in Columbia Road Market

flowers for sale at columbia-rd-market

Visiting at least one market is a good use of time during your solo trip to London. There are so many to choose from:  Portobello Market, Brick Lane Market ,  Old Spitalfields  and  Borough Market  to name but a few.

But my favourite has to be the  Columbia Road Flower Market , which is one of the best things to do in London by yourself on a Sunday.

On one day of the week, this East End road is transformed into a blooming wonderland, the air perfumed with the scent of flowers. Arrive early to get your pick of the blooms (the market opens at 8 am).

Or if you are after a bargain, arrive around 2 pm when the stallholders start to reduce their prices. The market closes at 3 pm.

This area between Shoreditch and Brick Lane is also packed with vintage shops, and fantastic cafes and delis. Perfect for Sunday brunch.

18. Borrow a four-legged friend for the day

small fluffy white dog

If you are missing companionship, why not borrow a dog for the day? The innovative  Borrow My Doggy  pairs dog owners with dog sitters.

What could be better than having a canine companion to explore London with? And you get to help out dog owners.

19. Explore Maritime Greenwich

path leading to front of colonnaded building in greenwich

There are few better solo days out in London than taking the riverboat to Greenwich and exploring its collection of UNESCO-listed buildings. It helps that it has welcoming riverside pubs and restaurants.

Although it is most famous as the place of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the Prime Meridian of the world, its buildings and historic landmarks showcase English artistic and scientific endeavours in the 17th and 18th centuries.

  • The  Queen’s House  – first Palladian building in England.
  • The  Royal Naval Hospital  – originally designed by Christopher Wren and further embellished by other architects, including Nicholas Hawksmoor.
  • The  Royal Park  – expansive views over London and home to the  Royal Observatory, Maritime Museum  and Meridian Line.
  • The  Royal Observatory  – the baseline for the world’s time zone system and for the measurement of longitude around the globe

20. Take a day trip from London

Dunes at Camber Sands

Thanks to extensive rail connections, it’s super easy to  take a day trip from London .

With its broad shingle beach and cool bohemian air,  Brighton  is a very popular day trip from London. The university cities of  Oxford  and  Cambridge  are also great choices for a day out.

Even Liverpool , home of The Fab Four, is reachable as a day trip from London.

For something a little different, but no less historic, try  Rochester  in Kent , which was once the home of Charles Dickens. Visit one of the  seaside towns in Kent  or walk along the dunes of  Camber Sands  and explore the neighbouring town of  Rye , West Sussex .

Finally, if you’re in the mood for a walk through ancient woodlands, I highly recommend heading to  Epping Forest   in the northeast corner of London, which is spectacular in autumn.

READ THIS NEXT: 31 Easy Day Trips from London by Train

But perhaps you want someone else to take care of all of the arrangements for you or want to benefit from the knowledge of a guide? There are some day trips from London where it makes sense to join an organised tour with a guide.

Here is my pick of the best

Stonehenge Half-Day Tour

Stonehenge is one of the most popular day trips from London but is not the easiest place to reach by public transport, requiring a train and bus/taxi journey. This half-day tour includes a return transfer and an audio guide.

>>> CLICK HERE TO BOOK

Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford Tour

Three top destinations are bundled into one neat package here. You can choose to visit the interior of Windsor Castle and will benefit from a live guide.

Full-Day Cotswolds Tour 

Like Stonehenge, exploring the Cotswolds’ chocolate box villages can be tricky if you don’t have a car. This excursion visits four of its loveliest villages – Burford, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow-on-the-Wold – and is led by a live guide.

21. Learn a new skill

Learning a new skill as a solo traveller works well on so many levels. Apart from the potential enrichment resulting from the activity, it is a fun way to spend time in a strange city and a fantastic way to meet new people.

Check out  obby  to find classes that are available around London. There really is something for everyone, from calligraphy and cocktails (assume that the writing comes first!) to eco pouch making with sustainable designers.

22. Take a class at the School of Life.

London’s School of Life  has an extensive programme of classes and workshops, focussing on helping attendees find fulfilment in key areas of their lives.

Speakers discuss a range of subjects from how to find love, to developing your emotional intelligence.

23. Start your weekend with a Park Run

If you are in London by yourself on a Saturday and have your running gear with you, why not take part in a  Park Run ?

These organised 5K runs are great fun as well as good places to meet new people as a solo traveller. Sign up for free on their website.

24. Unleash your inner Ginger Rogers at a dance class

tap dance

If running isn’t for you, consider dropping into the famous  Pineapple Studios  in Covent Garden for a dance class.

From tap to hip hop, there are classes for all levels, throughout the day and well into the evening. Prices are from £10 for an hour’s session; advance booking is required.

25. Rent a bike to enjoy London’s parks

For something a little more leisurely, rent a bike to explore one or more of London’s wonderful parks. The  Hyde Park loop  is particularly good.

You can rent one of the distinctive  Santander Cycles . Download the Santander Cycles app or go to any docking station with your bank card and touch the screen to get started.

For a fun way to explore London and to meet other solo travellers, join a guided bike tour of London that takes in the city’s highlights such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, as well as some hidden spots.

26. Treat yourself to afternoon tea

There are few more quintessentially English culinary experiences than afternoon tea.

High tea, as it is also called, is usually served between 2 pm and 4 pm and typically includes crustless finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, sweets and pastries. These are arranged on a tiered platter and are served with your choice of tea (or coffee).

cakes and pastries on a tiered plate

Put aside a few hours for this experience. To make it truly special, why not add a glass of champagne?

Afternoon tea is served in a large number of venues across London (start by checking here ). But you can also combine eating and sightseeing on an afternoon tea bus or having high tea sailing along the Thames .

27. Pack a picnic for one of London’s parks

St James's Park, London

London is home to more than 3,000 parks, covering almost 18 per cent of the capital. The best known of these are its eight Royal Parks, which include Hyde Park, St. James’s Park and Regent’s Park.

These are the perfect spots for a DIY lunch or supper. Do as the locals do. Grab yourself a “meal deal” from a mini-supermarket (typically a sandwich, drink and fruit/bag of crisps for under a fiver) and pick the perfect spot in the park of your choice.

No dining companions are required.

28. Read a book over a flat white

Let’s be honest. Rain is not an impossibility in London.

Cosying up in a  café  is a good wet weather standby if you are alone in London. Order your coffee – and something decadent to go with it – open up your book or laptop or just people watch.

Solo Travel in London: What to Do at Night

29. lose yourself in a good movie.

cinema museum london

Solo cinema-going should be the norm, not the exception.

Let’s face it; why do you need to go with someone else to watch a movie? Whilst a shared post-movie critique can be fun, it’s not as if you’re going to chat with one another during the film. Or I sincerely hope not.

I’m a total cinephile and go to the cinema on a weekly basis at the very least, often on my own. To my mind, hunkering down in a cosy cinema on a winter afternoon takes a lot of beating.

In central London, my go-to place for a dose of movie magic is  Picturehouse Central . Big screens, comfortable seats, good café and thoughtful programming.  Plus its Members’ Bar is one of the best spots in London to grab a drink!

For a boutique cinema experience, try the theatres in the  Everyman Cinema  chain.

As their screens tend to be smaller, this is not the best option for those big blockbuster movies. However, what the Everyman lacks in screen size, it gains in comfy sofas and armchairs, some with footstools, and waiter service to your seat.

For a journey into cinematic past, pick Prince Charles Cinema (off Leicester Square). This retro-styled cinema has a wonderfully eclectic programme at bargain prices for its central location, especially if you take up their cheap membership.

>>> Get inspiration to book your first solo visit to London with these dreamy quotes about singles travel or through these books by female solo travellers

30. Browse the BFI’s Archives in the Mediatheque

Another favourite place to watch a movie is the  British Film Institute (BFI)  on the South Bank, which is also home to the uber-cool Mediatheque.

The Mediatheque comprises booths with comfortable seats where you can settle down with a film or TV programme from the BFI’s extensive and diverse archive collection.

And best of all, it’s absolutely free and open until 9 p.m.

31. Attend evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral

painted interior of dome of st pauls cathedral london

Welcome to another of my favourite places in London, the majestic St. Paul’s Cathedral.

If you are not pushed about scaling the cathedral’s dome, why not attend one of the choral evensong services? You can check the schedule here .

Not only is this completely free, but you also have the opportunity to hear the choir in this acoustically sublime setting.

>>> BUY YOUR TICKET FOR ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL HERE . ENTRY IS INCLUDED IN THE LONDON PASS AND LONDON EXPLORER PASS .

32. Catch a play or musical

exterior of grand theatre in london with sign for harry potter and the cursed child

Another great thing to do in London by yourself is to go to the theatre.

London has so much going on theatrically, suiting all tastes and budgets. And as a single, it is easier to score a single ticket.

33 Experience Elizabethan London at The Globe Theatre

exterior of shakespeares globe theatre london

See Elizabethan theatre brought vividly to life in one of London’s most famous buildings,  Shakespeare’s Globe , built a few hundred meters from the original Globe, where many of Shakespeare’s plays were first performed.

I’ve seen a few productions here and it is an unforgettable experience. In an attempt to reproduce the bawdy atmosphere of 16th-century theatre-going, “groundlings” stand in the central space in front of the stage. Applauding and jeering are actively encouraged.

As much of Shakespeare’s Globe is open to the elements, the theatre operates a summer programme only. Groundling tickets sell for as little as £5.

34. Dine at a supper club

The prospect of  eating out alone  is enough to bring even the most experienced solo traveller out in a cold sweat.

If you are visiting London alone and don’t fancy a table for one, why not try one of the city’s  supper clubs ?

These imitate spaces are where aspiring chefs test their offerings before committing to the rent of a permanent home. As such, you can eat very well for a fraction of the usual price.

Plump for one that offers long sharing tables, which are good places to strike up conversations with new people.

READ THIS NEXT: Solo Dining with Style: 21 Tips To Make Eating Out Alone Fun

35. Sip a G&T in a  London pub

fitzroy tavern london

I’ve saved one of the best things to do alone in London until last.

Few things are as quintessentially British as a pub, and just because you are travelling alone doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on this experience.

One of my favourite central London pubs is the  Fitzroy Tavern  on Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia. This Victorian boozer oozes history and has been the haunt of many a London luminary over the years, including Dylan Thomas.

Head upstairs to bag one of the pub’s comfy armchairs. Write your journal, read a good book and order a glass or two of your favourite nectar. And you never know, you may soon make new friends.

Where to Stay as a Solo Traveller in London

Choosing the right place to stay as a solo traveller is an essential part of your travel planning.

London is a pricey city in which to stay, especially if you are travelling alone. You’ll pay a premium for staying within the central (transport) Zone 1; prices usually start to drop the further you venture.

Base yourself in one of these zone 1 neighbourhoods: buzzy Soho or Covent Garden , trendy Hoxton , elegant Mayfair , or Islington with its abundance of excellent bars and restaurants. All of these areas have good transport links.

Here are a few options to consider:

Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity Covent Garden

Centrally located on The Strand, one of London’s most historic streets , this aparthotel offers a range of rooms, including those with a kitchenette. I have used Staycity in France and was very impressed.

>>> CLICK HERE TO CHECK RATES & BOOK

Citadines, Islington

These modern studio apartments in the heart of Islington have all you need for a successful solo trip to London, including a fully equipped kitchenette.

Covent Garden Hotel

This wonderfully located hotel in the charming Seven Dials area of London is one of the boutique Firmdale Group properties in London. It’s not cheap but it is one of the best places to treat yourself (it also has a great bar and restaurant).

giant bauble hanging from iron and glass roog reflecting buildings of covent garden

9 Hertford Street

This one-bedroom apartment is a more affordable luxury choice, a stone’s throw from Green Park. Extremely elegant but also functional.

>>> None of these places takes your fancy? Check out other great accommodation choices in London here .

London Solo Travel Tips

Getting around london.

tube train at a platform in london

London is a surprisingly walkable city. The key is to pick a neighbourhood and stick with it.

That said, it’s very unlikely that you’ll avoid the need to use public transport in the capital .

The London Underground, or “Tube,” network is extensive and covers most areas, at least north of the river. But it’s hard to beat bagging the front seat at the top of one of the city’s red double-decker buses, which serve some of the areas the Tube doesn’t reach.

Contactless payment or pre-paid Oystercards make it easy to use the capital’s buses and trains

The London River Bus is a tourist activity in itself, providing a more leisurely way of getting from A to B. Additionally, iconic London black cabs, Uber and Bolt are readily available.

Cycling is increasingly popular, thanks to London’s growing network of bike lanes.

Solo Travel London: Safety Advice

London is one of the safest and best destinations for solo travellers in Europe , even for those who are taking their first solo trip . For English speakers, the locals talk your language. This is one of the most diverse cities on the planet and one that is tolerant of all types of people. Save the occasional wobble, London’s transport system is extensive and user-friendly. This is a very busy city at all times of the year, and this activity helps to keep things safe. As in many cities, petty crime is not unusual. I have friends who have had their bags swiped on the Tube and valuables lifted by nimble-fingered pickpockets in pubs.

Remain vigilant. Keep your belongings close to you, stash your valuables at your accommodation and use an anti-theft backpack when you are out and about. I have  this PacSafe backpack  which has anti-RFID technology and a hidden pocket.

Take steps to keep safe as a female solo traveller . A little bit of common sense goes a long way. If a street or an area doesn’t feel right, trust your gut and don’t go wandering alone. Avoid walking through London’s parks after sunset.

READ THIS NEXT : 17 Essential Safety Tips for Travelling Alone

How to meet people in London

My Italian friends love London but cannot understand why people don’t make eye contact on the Tube, let alone talk to one another. And here’s the thing; striking up random conversations with strangers on public transport or on London’s streets is a no-no.

It’s not that the natives are inherently unfriendly or rude; it’s just not the cultural norm. But the good news is that there are a number of better ways to meet people as a solo traveller in London.

Although my days of sleeping in a dorm are behind me , I’ll be the first to admit that hostels are great places to meet other travellers.

As I’ve mentioned, joining a day tour or activity, learning a new skill or taking part in a Park Run are all ways to meet people.

Perhaps you are an avid photographer or a keen walker? Then why not indulge your passion and meet other people using Meetup . This online tool lists events that cater to a vast range of interests.

You can also make use of apps like Tourlina or Backpackr to find travel companions and locals.

The great British pub is always a good bet, especially if you prop up the bar.

READ THIS NEXT : 21 Easy Ways to Meet People While Travelling Alone

Saving money as a solo traveller in London

London has a not undeserved reputation as an expensive city. However, there are ways that you can save money when visiting London alone.

There are tons of free activities , from London’s first-class museums and galleries to its acres of parkland.

Eating out doesn’t need to cost a packet. Buy food supplies from small supermarkets dotted across London (e.g. Tesco Express) and stick to cheap and mid-range eateries.

London has two excellent sightseeing passes .

Use the London Pass for unlimited sightseeing across 90+ attractions over a set number of days. Alternatively, a London Explorer Pass allows you to decide how many attractions you would like to visit in a 60-day period.

Buy your London Pass here , and your London Explorer Pass here . To find out more, check out my London Pass review or this lowdown on the London Explorer Pass .

Thank you for reading my solo travel London guide

I hope that these ideas and tips help you have the best London solo trip. If you are looking for more information about what to do in London, take a look at some of my other articles below.

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London is one of the best cities in the world, and it is so easy to plan and execute an epic solo trip to London!

In fact, London might just be the easiest city in Europe for solo travellers to navigate.

Especially inexperienced solo travellers.

I’ve been to London way more times than a person needs to, and I never get bored of it.

There is an amazing public transportation system, tons of tourist attractions for you to explore, and while the city has a reputation for being expensive, there are ways to visit London on a budget!

All things considered, if you’re planning your first solo trip to Europe, London should be at the top of your list!

Heck! Even if your’e planning your millionth solo trip, London should be in the running.

It is that good of a city!

In this post, we’re covering the top 10 tips and tricks you need to plan a solo trip to London.

It is pretty easy and straightforward to plan a solo trip to London, but there are a few very important things you need to know about before you embark on your solo trip to London.

And I’m spilling all those secret tips right now!

Things nobody tells you about solo travel

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1. London is More Walkable than You Think

The biggest misconception I had about London on my first visit was that it was a massive city, and you have to rely on public transportation to get around.

That is simply not the case!

London is a very walkable city!

In a lot of instances, it is easier to walk from place to place rather than take the Underground. This is especially true when you’re in central London and walking between major tourist attractions.

It may seem like you should take the metro from Westminster to Piccadilly Circus- especially if you’re looking at a metro map and not a normal city map.

But you don’t!

The walk talks about ten minutes, and it takes significantly less time than taking the Underground does.

Especially since with this example you need to transfer lines, which means the journey will take even longer!

So, don’t just look at the metro map and think things are far away.

They really aren’t!

And even places that are a bit further away are very walkable.

There are tons of parks in London, and in most cases your walk from one place to another will be beautiful and filled with nature!

I like to walk as much as possible when I’m on a solo trip to London.

It saves a lot of money, and you stumble on things you wouldn’t otherwise see.

Plus it is a nice way to get some exercise and make room for all the yummy food you’ll be eating throughout the day!

So, pull out your Google Maps and figure out how long it takes to walk from one place to another rather than just guessing based on a map.

If it takes less than half an hour to walk there, I say go for it!

Tower Bridge, London

2. Public Wifi is Basically Non-Existent

Unfortunately, the public wifi network in London leaves a lot to be desired.

In fact, it is downright disgraceful how difficult it is to find public wifi in London. Even a lot of restaurants and cafés don’t offer free public wifi to guests!

This can make it a bit difficult and frustrating for solo travellers in London.

You may find yourself in the awkward situation where you’re dining alone and don’t have anything to distract you. Or perhaps you’re unsure where to go next or where to eat or the currency conversion.

Tips for eating alone at restaurants

There are plenty of reasons why someone travelling alone in London may need to access the internet, but you are often limited in where you can access it!

There are a few options for accessing the internet when you’re in London:

  • Rent pocket wifi for your trip
  • Invest in your own personal wifi hotspot ( Skyroam is my favourite)
  • Use your phone data
  • Some hotels provide a complimentary cell phone for you to use while you’re in London. You won’t be able to access your social media or personal apps, but it is better than nothing!
  • Research what restaurants and tourist attractions offer complimentary wifi
  • Simply live without accessing the internet throughout the day

The lack of public wifi isn’t the end of the world, but it is something I like to warn you about.

You would expect such an international city to offer a better public wifi system, but it doesn’t.

A complete guide to wifi in London

No Matter What You Have to be Internet Safe

No matter how you choose to access the internet while you’re in London, it is important that you’re internet safe while you’re online.

Even if you rent a pocket wifi device or have your own Skyroam , you will be accessing public wifi at some point when you solo travel in London.

Whether it be at a hotel, the airport, or a restaurant.

You put yourself at risk whenever you use a public wifi network! Anybody and everybody can access public wifi networks, and if they want to, it is relatively easy for them to steal your private online data.

Including your banking information!

And yes. Even public wifi networks that have passwords are still considered to be public wifi, and you have to protect yourself!

The only way you can protect your online information is by installing a VPN on your devices.

A VPN essentially cloaks your devices and prevents prying eyes from accessing your online data.

It also helps prevent Google from using your online habits to serve you with those annoying targeted adds!

A VPN makes using a public wifi network as safe as using your home wifi network where you’re the only person who knows the password.

In my mind, having a VPN on all your devices is an essential (an non-negotiable part of travel).

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My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of different VPNs over my years of travel, and I have to tell you that I hated most of them.

VPNs have a tendency of slowing your devices down to a snail’s pace, and it can get frustrating to use them. Oftentimes, I found myself turning off my VPN because my phone/laptop was operating so slowly!

That all changed when I found NordVPN !

I’ve been using NordVPN since 2018, and they are the only VPN provider I’ve continued my subscription with past the first year.

They are the fastest VPN on the market, and that is such an important competent when it comes to choosing a VPN to protect your online data while you travel.

Plus you can cloak your location and make it look like you’re in a different country than you actually are!

This allows you to access Netflix libraries from other countries!

It may not sound like much, but I promise you’ll become addicted to exploring new Netflix libraries and all the fun shows and movies you can’t access in your home country.

I highly recommend checking out South Korea’s Netflix library!

A NordVPN subscription costs less than the price of a single latte per month.

There is zero excuse not to protect your online data while you’re on the road. The small price you pay to protect your online data is well worth it when you compare it to the cost of having, say, your banking information stolen while you’re alone in London.

My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online data from prying eyes!

3. Don’t Eat near Popular Tourist Attractions

This is one of the best tips I can give you for your solo trip to London!

The restaurants and cafés near the most popular tourist attractions charge you significantly more than places outside of tourist hubs, and the food tends to be not as good.

I’m specifically thinking about the line of restaurants on the walk from Westminster Abbey to Trafalgar Square.

Avoid those restaurants at all costs!

And if you’re in dire need of some food when you’re in these major tourist areas, stick to chains like Pret a Manger where you know the food is good and the prices fair.

Even though they are chains, I highly recommend everybody try Pret and Nando’s when in London. They are affordable, and the food is delicious.

If you’re looking for good food, get off the main tourist train and find your way to some of the lesser known neighbourhoods.

You can always find good food in Chelsea, Earl’s Court, and Angel neighbourhoods.

London South Bank also has some great restaurants and has a great vibe. Especially if you’re able to snag a seat overlooking the Thames!

But where ever you choose to eat, your wallet will thank you if you avoid the most popular tourist destinations.

Your stomach will thank you too!

Eating alone

4. It is Worth Paying to Stay in Zone 1

The London Underground system is broken up into different zones, and the fare price is based on what zone you’re travelling in and between.

Zone 1 covers central London and the most popular tourist destinations in the city.

The problem with zone 1 is that it is where the most expensive hotels are too.

Makes sense since it is so close to all the tourist attractions.

It can be tempting to cheap out and stay in a less expensive hotel in zone 2 or 3, but I don’t recommend that.

Especially for people on a solo trip to London!

Why You Shouldn’t Stay Outside Zone 1

The first reason I suggest that people stay in zone 1 is the convenience of it. You are so close to the major tourist attractions, and you can walk a lot of places.

The second reason I don’t suggest staying outside of zone 1 has to do with the cost of transportation.

Both in a fiscal sense and in terms of the cost of your time.

It can take a long time to travel from outside zone 1 to whatever tourist attractions you want to visit.

This means you’re stuck on the metro for an extended period of time. You will most likely have to transfer between lines as well, which adds even more time to your commute!

Staying outside of zone 1 also means you’re essentially reliant on public transportation.

Your life is dictated by when the metro/bus are (or aren’t) running, and you don’t really have the ability to walk everywhere from your hotel like you do in zone 1.

So while it may seem like it isn’t worth staying in zone 1, and it is a better choice to save money by staying outside central London, I caution you to think long and hard before you make that choice.

When you factor in the convenience of being in central London, the ability to walk, and the added cost of transportation, it is definitely worth staying in zone 1!

My personal favourite neighbourhood to stay in is Earl’s Court.

It is on the outskirts of zone 1 just before zone 2. The hotel prices are pretty good, you pay zone 1 metro prices, and you can still walk pretty much anywhere you want to go in under an hour!

Flying Alone

My Favourite Place to Book Hotels

9 times out of 10 I book my hotels through Hotels.com .

I find their search function so easy to use, and they often have the best prices on hotels. Excluding, perhaps, booking directly through the hotel.

Always be sure to compare the Hotels.com price to the price of booking directly with the hotel!

Outside the ease of using the site, the reason I love Hotels.com so much is their rewards program!

It is the easiest hotel program to earn free stays with!

Once you stay 10 nights in any Hotels.com hotel, you earn a free night!

I’ve earned and redeemed countless free hotel nights, and it hardly takes any effort to earn a reward. It makes travel much more affordable. Especially if you’re like me and travel for extended periods of time.

My secret little tip is to save your hotel redemption for a stay at an airport hotel. I always find I don’t want to use my own money for these hotels, and I love using my rewards night there!

But do whatever you want with your rewards nights just as long as you take advantage of them!

5. Museums are Your Best Friend

If your initial reaction to this tip is to roll your eyes, read on a little bit further and hear me out!

London has some of the best and most celebrated museums in the world, and the best part is that the vast majority of them are free to visit!

You can visit world class attractions without spending a dime, and that is why you should visit as many museums as you can while on your solo trip to London!

In Kensington alone, there are three museums right next door to each other!

They’re all different, so I guarantee you’ll find something you’re interested in checking out.

And if you don’t like the museum, you just leave! It didn’t cost you a dime, so you don’t have to explore the entire museum just to get your money’s worth!

If you only have the chance to visit one free museum while you travel alone in London, I suggest it be the British Museum.

It has a little something for everybody and has some of the most priceless artifacts in the world!

The museum is quite busy as you can imagine! It is best if you avoid visiting it on the weekend if at all possible.

No matter what museum you choose, take the time to wander through at least one. It isn’t really a trip to London without visiting a museum or two!

Be sure to check if there is a price of admission before you arrive at the museum!

The majority of museums in London are free to enter, but there are a few that have an admission fee, and they’re normally quite expensive!

Unless you’re obsessed with the topic matter of a museum with an entrance fee, it is best to stick to the free ones!

T he best things to do in Kensington

Natural History Museum London

6. Get Discounted West End Tickets

I wholeheartedly believe it isn’t a true trip to London if you didn’t go to the theatre!

New York’s Broadway gets a lot of attention for its theat re shows, but London’t West End shouldn’t be overlooked!

There are 39 theatres in London’s West End showing everything from famous musicals to obscure shows you’ve never heard of before.

I’m a huge theatre lover, but even friends and family who don’t love the theatre have enjoyed seeing a show on the West End.

The only problem is that tickets can be quite expensive. Especially if you buy them in advance and see the most popular shows.

There is a way around this though!

There are two discount theatre ticket providers in London:

Today Tix is my personal favourite place to purchase West End tickets at a discounted price.

All you have to do is download the app, look through the shows, and find one that sounds interesting and is in your price point.

The tickets will be delivered to the theatre on the night of your show, and all you have to do is show a piece of ID to pick them up!

My favourite parts about Today Tix is that it is an app, so you can purchase your ticket whenever and where ever suits you best.

You can also purchase tickets for shows a few days in advance, so you’re not limited to only buying tickets for shows showing on that particular day.

It is a very flexible ticket platform.

TKTS is similar to Today Tix, but you have to go to their booth in Leicester Square and purchase your tickets in person.

You can also only purchase tickets for shows being performed on that day.

The lines at the London TKTS aren’t nearly as long as the ones at their New York locations, but you can still often find yourself waiting for half an hour or so until it is your turn to purchase tickets.

The good news about the London TKTS location is that you can go to their website and see what shows they have tickets for that day and the prices.

This eliminates the potential of you waiting in line and them not having tickets for the show you want to see!

But, overall, it is kind of a pain to use the TKTS booth while in London, and I suggest using the Today Tix app instead!

7. Make Time for a Day Trip

It is so easy to get caught up in all London has to offer and spend your entire trip just exploring London.

I get it! I’ve visited London multiple times and just stayed in the city the entire trip.

But that is one of the biggest mistakes you can make on your solo trip to London!

The UK is an amazing part of the world, and there is so much to see outside of London and so many amazing cities that are just a short train ride away!

I’ve even managed to take a day trip to Wales from London in the past!

One of the best trips I can give you for when you’re partaking in solo travel in London is to get out of the city and see what else there is to explore!

You can take an organized day trip to some of the most popular towns and locations around London.

Or (if you’re like me and like to do everything yourself), you can hop on a train or bus and head to another city to explore by yourself.

One of my top recommendations for a day trip from London is Brighton.

It less than two hours away by train and has a completely different vibe than London. You can check out a detailed guide on how to travel between the two cities here .

It is definitely one of my favourite cities in England!

No matter where you choose to explore, I don’t think any solo trip to London is complete without exploring somewhere a bit outside the city to get a deeper understanding of the country outside of the capital city.

41 things to do along the Brighton seafront

Royal Pavilion Brighton

8. Parks Aren’t Lit at Night

London is typically a very safe city for solo travellers, but there is one exception to that: the city parks during the night.

I know this is an odd tip to have in a post about solo travel in London, but I think it is an important one.

It is certainly one I didn’t know about, and it resulted in a stressful walk back to my hotel after a West End show one evening!

I want to help you avoid this experience!

I just assumed when I was walking home one night that the parks would be lit up, so I planned my path to walk through Hyde Park and Kensington Park.

Well, to my surprise, Hyde Park was pitch black with not a light in sight, and Kensington Park was already closed for the evening.

Of course, I could have changed paths and walked along a more lit street, but I’m stubborn, and I was already a bit of a ways into Hyde Park when I realized there were no lights.

At that point, I just wanted to walk as fast as possible to get to the end of the park and find some lighting.

So, if you’re ever walking around at night while on a solo trip to London (or anytime really), be sure you walk on main road and leave the parks for daylight hours.

If you find yourself in a situation when there are no lights, and you’re quite nervous about walking alone, be sure to pull out your cellphone and either use the flashlight app or call someone who can talk with you throughout your walk.

You should still be safe, but your heart will probably be pounding.

City streets will result in a much more relaxing walk home!

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9. Get an Oyster Card

I know I’ve talked a few times about how you can walk central London with little to no issue, but you will still need to use public transportation while you’re in London.

Sometimes you just can’t get around using public transportation, are too tired to walk back to your hotel after a long day, or don’t want to walk in the dark.

I feel you!

Even just getting to and from the airport requires you to use public transportation in most instances.

And that is where the Oyster card comes in!

The Oyster card is London’s transportation card. It saves you a bit of money on fares and saves you a lot of time because you just tap in and out of the metro/bus and don’t have to worry about purchasing a ticket each time.

I believe having an Oyster card is an essential part about travelling to London!

You have to pay a  £5 deposit when you get your Oyster card, but it is fully refundable if you choose to return it at the end of your trip.

I still have my first Oyster card from 2014 and keep using it each time I visit London, but if you don’t think you’ll be back, definitely return it for a refund.

That is a short and sweet explanation of the Oyster card.

There is more you should know, but the main thing to know if that you need to have an Oyster card on your solo trip to London!

Everything you need to know about the Oyster card

Kensington Palace

Solo travel in London is an unforgettable experience.

There are so many different things to see and do, and the city has a vibe and culture that is unbeatable!

There are so many different cultures and people in the city, and you never know when you’ll stumble upon a unique piece of culture, history, or food while you’re wandering through London.

As I said before, I truly believe that taking a solo trip to London is one of the easiest trips to take to learn the ropes of solo travel.

It is super easy to navigate the city, there is an attraction for anyone and everyone regardless of your tastes, and you won’t be overwhelmed with culture shock.

Plus so many flights to Europe land in London, so you may as well stop in and enjoy London before embarking on the rest of you European vacation.

It is not a city you want to miss out on!

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Are you thinking about traveling to London alone? You might be wondering how to navigate this bustling city on your own and if it’s safe for solo travel. Well, I moved to the UK alone 6 years ago from America and I’ve explored London deeply . As a person who has traveled solo to 25+ countries, I have to say London is a great city to travel solo. It is also good for first-time solo travelers because the public transport is great and you don’t have to worry about language barriers (if you’re visiting from an English-speaking country of course). Read on for the best-ever London solo travel guide. I’ve got some amazing tips for your visit as a local and solo female traveler myself.

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Quick Facts before visiting London : 💱Currency:  British Pounds £ 💶  Budget for a trip to London : The  average daily cost  for a trip to London is  £190 a night  for both  food  and  accommodation but if you really want to travel on a budget staying in hostels and eating cheaply it can cost you   £70 a night . 💜  Is tipping required in London?  Tipping in London is not required. Sometimes you will find it included in your bill as a service charge.. Most people do not tip in London. ☀️ Best time to Visit: Summer is a great time to visit as the summers can be mild. London has many beautiful seasons! If you visit in Spring, you can catch the beautiful Wisteria and if you visit during Christmas, you can see the city alive with lights everywhere! 🏥  Travel Insurance in London : I recommend  SafetyWing  which will cover you in case of trip cancellations or any accidents during your travels.

Is London Safe for Solo Travel?

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Yes, London is safe for solo travel! I moved here alone and felt safe ever since. Like any big city, keep an eye on your belongings for pickpockets and petty crime which can happen anywhere. I have heard the occasional story of a friend’s iPhone being stolen. Like any city, be aware of your surroundings and travel smart.

My favorite book that helped me find many hidden gems in London is called   Pretty City London . I highly recommend buying it as it’s also a pretty book to have at home. It tells you all the beautiful cafes and neighborhoods to visit and was founded by the Instagram page  @prettycitylondon .

Is London Walkable?

Big Ben

You might be daunted by the fact that London is a huge city to navigate all on your own. Some people might not initially think London is walkable but I beg to differ! If you’re exploring all the iconic landmarks in London , you’d be surprised how you can just walk from one to another in no time. They are all clustered together.

For example, you can start your walk from Trafalgar Square and see Nelson’s Column, surrounded by the National Gallery and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. From there, a short stroll down Whitehall will lead you to the historic Houses of Parliament and the iconic Big Ben . Just across Westminster Bridge, you’ll find yourself at the doorstep of the magnificent Westminster Abbey , steeped in centuries of royal history. And if you’re up for it, continue your journey along the Thames to reach the Tower of London.

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London Solo Travel: Top Tips

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  • Plan Your Accommodation Carefully : Look for accommodations in safe and well-connected areas. You can find cheaper accommodation just by staying a bit further out of central. As long as you’re next to a tube station (London’s metro system), you’ll arrive at your destination in minutes. Staying in a hostel will be a good idea if you want to meet other travelers.
  • Stay Connected : Purchase an eSIM with Airalo to stay connected. I am always lost if I don’t stay connected. A data plan will be essential to navigate London!
  • Utilize London’s Amazing Public Transportation : London has an extensive public transportation system including buses, tubes, and trains. You don’t need to buy an Oyster card at all. Instead, you can pay with a contactless payment method or Apple/Google Pay and tap into the barriers seamlessly.
  • Safety First : London is generally a safe city, but like any big city, it’s important to stay vigilant. Avoid poorly lit or deserted areas, especially at night, and keep your belongings secure.
  • Join Walking Tours : Walking tours are a great way to explore the city, learn about its history, and meet other travelers. Many walking tours in London are free or operate on a tip basis.
  • Take Advantage of Free Attractions : London is full of free attractions such as museums, parks, and iconic landmarks like the British Museum, Tate Modern, and Hyde Park.
  • Try Amazing Food : There’s a stereotype that British food isn’t good. However, the great thing about London is it offers a diverse culinary scene. Don’t miss the chance to try traditional British dishes like fish and chips, as well as cuisines from around the world in its multicultural neighborhoods.
  • Explore Markets : London’s markets are great! You can find everything from vintage clothing to street food. Borough Market, Camden Market, and Portobello Road Market are just a few worth checking out.
  • Be Flexible : Solo travel allows you the freedom to change your plans on a whim. Embrace spontaneity and be open to new experiences and opportunities that come your way.
  • Connect with Locals : Engage with locals whenever possible, whether it’s striking up a conversation in a pub or asking for recommendations from shop owners. They can provide invaluable insights and enrich your travel experience. Learn how you can meet friends traveling solo .
  • Share Your Itinerary : While you’re free to wander, it’s a good idea to share your itinerary with someone you trust back home. Check in regularly so they know you’re safe.
  • Bring back up cash or a backup debit card: London does take credit card mostly everywhere, however, to be safe bring a back up card or cash. I have been stuck in cities before where I’ve forgotten my card in the ATM and was stuck without money solo.

Best things to do in London as a solo traveler

1. admire the views of the city.

london view of the skyline at post building with cherry blossoms

There are so many great spots to see views of the city and they don’t have to be expensive like the Shard or London Eye!

The view pictured here is from an off-the-radar spot called the Post Building. It’s free to visit and other free spots for a view include Sky Garden (reservation ahead required), Primrose Hill , and the Parliament Hill in Hamstead.

3. Visit the Free Museums

the wallace collection best free things to do in london as a solo traveler

Most of the museums in London are FREE ! Making this a great solo travel activity. My favorite museums include the Wallace Collection , a hidden gem with gorgeous stunning artwork and ornate rooms.

Another favorite is the Natural History Museum , where there are over 80 million objects spanning billions of years in this museum.

Don’t miss the colossal T-Rex skeleton, fascinating dinosaur fossils, stunning gem exhibits, and interactive exhibits on evolution and biodiversity.

Other free museums include the V&A Museum , the Tate Modern , the British Museum , and many many more!

3. Take a free walking tour or cycle through the city!

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The best way to ease into the city is to take a walking tour ! There are many free walking tours where only tipping is expected in return. Just search online “free walking tour London” as per any major city you visit! Or, you can just book a tour like this and not have the hassle of tipping on the free tours. It takes you to 30 iconic sites in London in 5 hours!

Another fun way to explore the city is by riding bikes. You can take this secret London bike tour or this parks and palaces bike tour . I thought it would be daunting to ride a bike in London but there are plenty of bike lanes and I found it really not bad. I actually loved it and was able to bike from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and through beautiful Hyde Park. Loved covering so much ground quickly!

4. Discover hidden gems

st dunstans in the east london hidden gems

In every city I visit, I make it a mission to find the best hidden gems. I love exploring the less visited side where you can find quaint streets and local spots . Some of my favorites include St. Dunstan’s in the East and St. Luke’s Mews . If you want more than be sure to read my full guide on the best non-touristy things to do in London.

5. Visit a street food market

borough market best street markets london solo travel guide

London has so many street food markets. Perfect for solo travelers in London. If you’re a foodie, head over to Borough Market where you can enjoy everything from cheese toasties to fish and chips and sausage rolls. This foodie-lover paradise will surely satisfy your crave.

You can even take this food tour at Borough Market – this will not only allow you to taste multiple things but give you the chance to meet other travelers!

Not too far away is my favorite street market , the Maltby Street Market . It’s more of a hidden gem as most tourists don’t know it. If you want to know all the best London food markets , read my full guide!

6. Take a cruise along the Thames River to Greenwich

Tower bridge london solo travel guide

A great way to see the city at night is by sailing along the River Thames. You can You can take this cruise to Greenwich . Greenwich itself is a great neighborhood to explore with a market and lots of green space!

7. Take a walk in Little Venice

little venice london canal with boats

London has a Little Venice! It’s a wonderful place for a Sunday stroll. Just walk along the canal and you’ll see boats docked and many cafes lined around. You can make even enjoy lunch on a boat! May Green not only has amazing brunch but a unique setting to enjoy lunch.

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8. Check out the cafe scene

peggy porschen cupcakes best cafes in london

London has so many cute cafes and independent coffee shops! You don’t have to worry about being alone at these places because they have a chill environment and you’ll also find others on their own too.

Pro-tip: bring something to keep you busy like a book or project to work on.

My favorite cafes in London include Peggy Porschen Cupcakes (pictured), Grind , Farm Girl , and Wolfox .

8. Explore a less touristy neighborhood

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London has the most stunning residential neighborhoods. So during your visit be sure to explore one of them. My top picks include Hampstead , Belsize Park , Primrose Hill , and Notting Hill. You’ll find the most picturesque streets and colorful buildings! I absolutely adore these places all situated in the West of London.

9. Relax at one of the many parks

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On a sunny day, you should take advantage of relaxing in one of the many London parks around the city. Surprisingly, the large city is home to tons of green space. My favorites include Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill, Hyde Park, Regents Park, and Holland Park.

10. Take a day trip!

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If you’re spending at least 4 days in London , I’d recommend taking a day trip. Some options include a tour that will take you to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath . Or, you could opt to go to some of my ultimate favorites which includes the charming Cotswolds or Canterbury . All of which are within easy reach from London. The Cotswolds will require a car so if you don’t have one, you should definitely opt for a tour like this one .

London Solo Travel: Best places to eat

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London has endless amazing restaurants and cafes.

Here are my top picks for London solo travel!

Some restaurants are particularly welcoming to solo diners, offering counter seating or communal tables . Places like that include Dishoom (multiple locations), Barrafina in Covent Garden, and Padella in Borough Market.

Cafés and Bakeries : London has no shortage of charming cafés and bakeries where you can enjoy a leisurely meal or snack alone. Visit Grind in Covent Garden or London Bridge for my favorite coffee, Ottolenghi in various locations for Mediterranean-inspired dishes, or Gail’s Bakery for freshly baked goods.

Food Markets : There are so many great Food Markets in London. Check out Mercato Mayfair (it’s inside an old church!), Boxpark Shoreditch , or Old Spitalfields Market , all of which are indoor markets. Or as mentioned earlier, try Borough Market ( try a food tour! ) or Maltby Market which are outdoor street markets.

Gastropubs : London is famous for its gastropubs, which offer a cozy atmosphere and excellent food. Places like The Harwood Arms in Fulham, The Holly Bush in Hampstead (home to many great pubs ), and The Anchor & Hope in Waterloo are known for their amazing British fare. Don’t be fooled thinking it’s just pub food!

Where to stay in London as a solo traveler

Here’s some affordable hotels in London for solo travelers.

Z Hotel Soho : Located in the heart of Soho, Z Hotel offers compact and stylish rooms. Within easy reach is the West End Theatre, many restaurants , and nightlife. Check Prices & Book Citizen M London Bankside: : With its innovative design and tech-savvy features, citizenM London Bankside offers a unique hotel experience for solo travelers. Located near the Tate Modern and Borough Market , it’s an excellent base for exploring South Bank attractions. Check Pices & Book

Generator Hostel London : Located in King’s Cross, Generator Hostel offers modern and affordable accommodation with stylish communal areas and a lively atmosphere. Check Prices & Book

The Hoxto n, Shoreditch : Known for its chic design and lively atmosphere, The Hoxton in Shoreditch is a popular choice among solo travelers. It offers stylish rooms, a social lobby area, and easy access t o East London’s hip bars and restaurants. Check Prices & Book

How to meet friends in London

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  • You can join a FB group like mine, Girls Who Wander Solo or Girls Love Travel. These offer opportunities to meet like-minded travelers.
  • There’s a WhatsApp group, run by @Thirtywaves you can join for those over 30 and you can connect with friends that way. The WhatsApp invite link is here.
  • Join a tour like a street food tour or a sightseeing tour. I’ve befriended so many people after taking a tour. You can use sites like GetYourGuide or Viator to find tours in London!
  • Staying in a hostel is another great idea. Some offer private rooms so you don’t have to share one but still take advantage of the social areas!

What to pack for your solo trip to London

Here are some essentials for traveling solo in London.

  • This super cool scarf  has a  hidden zipper  that allows you to hide important things like your passport or money. A useful thing to have for a solo traveler.
  • A  keychain flashlight  is handy to have in case you’re ever walking alone at night and it’s too dark to see your surroundings.
  • I always carry a  mini first aid kit  in case of any accidents and I can be a clumsy person!
  • One thing I never leave home when traveling is a portable compact mobile phone charger   like this one . I have run into a few situations where I was stuck in a tiny village in Italy and no one knew English. Sadly my phone died and I felt crippled without my phone. I was unable to use Google Translate to conversate or navigate anywhere. This one is great because it’s fast charging, and can charge wirelessly using a lightning connector or USB-C. The trick to finding long-lasting portable chargers is looking for a 10,000mAh or above power bank. It means the charger will charge the phone at least 3x.
  • My favorite tripod is this  compact tripod for mobile phones  – people constantly ask me how I take solo photos and this is how!

Travel Insurance for solo travelers in London

It’s definitely worth  getting travel insurance  whether you’re traveling alone or with others and I recommend  SafetyWing  which will cover you  in case of any accidents  or hospital visits. While it’s unlikely to happen, better safe than sorry!

How much does a solo trip to London cost?

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While London is not the cheapest destination to visit as a solo traveler, you can still travel there on a budget.

If you travel on the cheap and stay in hostels, you can expect to pay around £70 a day on accommodation and food.

However, on average for a mid-range style of travel, you can expect to pay around £190 .

Luxury travelers can expect a trip to London to cost £543 a night!

When is the best time for Traveling Solo in London?

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My favorite time in London is honestly Christmas time when the city lights up with so much Christmas cheer! It is really an amazing sight to see.

I also love London during Cherry Blossom or Wisteria Season which happens between April to May. In May, you’ll find in the Chelsea and Belgravia area many store fronts go all out with flowers decorating their facades. Autumn is also another amazing time because all the beautiful leaves turn orangey-red and cover houses!

If you’re looking for the best weather, summer might be the time for you because London can keep pretty chilly for a while! Even in summer, the weather is unpredictable and you’ll find yourself needing a coat at times.

However, if you come during a heat wave in the summer which sporadically happens, beware because most of the flats and Airbnb-style accommodations won’t have air conditioning. The tube also doesn’t have aircon unless you ride the new Elizabeth line or the Overground. This can be quite miserable as it gets HOT. Hotels and businesses however will have air conditioning.

As you can see there are so many amazing times to visit. I can, however, tell you when to AVOID visiting London. That would be between January and early March when it’s cold and especially the first 2 months of the year. The Christmas decor is gone and the city feels more depressing!

Hopefully, you enjoyed this post on London solo travel and you have more confidence to travel this world solo and fearlessly!

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Meet Jackie Rezk, the London-based explorer behind Jou Jou Travels. With a knack for uncovering hidden gems, Jackie's travel blog captures the charm of undiscovered places through pretty architecture and bursts of color. Featured in Yahoo News, Tripadvisor, Niche Pursuits, and GetYourGuide, Jackie has been blogging for four years and solo-traveled to over 20 countries. In 2023, she made the leap to full-time blogging, sharing her passion for travel and unique finds with readers worldwide.

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Is London Safe To Travel Alone? Tips for solo travelers

London is a great place to visit if you're taking a vacation by yourself since it provides ample opportunities to reflect on your own life, develop your sense of independence, and push the boundaries of your comfort zone. In this busy national capital, you'll never have a dull moment or feel lonely. With a population of eight million, London is a great place to meet people and establish friends if you're traveling solo, especially if you understand English. To get the most out of your trip with minimal stress, we advise signing up for any of the provided   London tours with Vox City. London is a city that's full of history, culture, and endless things to see and do. London is generally a safe city for solo travelers, but it's still important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions. One of the best things you can do is trust your instincts - if something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. When traveling at night, stick to well-lit and busy areas, and consider taking a taxi or public transportation instead of walking alone. It's also important to keep your valuables secure, especially in crowded places like public transportation and tourist attractions.  If you're planning a solo travel to London, there are few better ways to explore it than by taking a  London sightseeing tour with Vox City. With their expertise in city tours London, this metropolis will be ideally brought to life by their knowledgeable guides who will show you the best sights and hidden gems. Whether you want to discover the city's most famous landmarks or explore its lesser-known corners, Vox City has a range of tours to suit all interests. Their  London walking tour is perfect for those who prefer to explore on foot, with a guide leading you through the city's winding streets and alleys, pointing out hidden treasures along the way.  

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Is London safe for females?

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Tips for travelling around London safely 

The cost of using London's transportation system is reasonable, and the system itself is reliable and easy to navigate. Here are some of the best ways to get around the capital, whether you like to travel fast by tube or leisurely on foot.

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Taking a stroll is, without question, the greatest way to take in the sights of London. The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge are all within walking distance of one another, making sightseeing in London a breeze. Staying above ground between each location allows you to view more than you bargained for, and there are street-side maps on practically every corner so you won't get lost. Keep a watch on your belongings while you stroll, just as you would in any major metropolis.  

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What should solo female travelers wear in London?

You can wear anything you like! Anything goes in London, and you'll quickly discover that even the most outlandish ensembles usually go unnoticed. The London climate is notoriously unpredictable. In one moment, you may be wishing you had brought your shades, and in the next, you may be ducking into the nearest store to escape the unexpected deluge. Wearing layers allows you to shed or add garments as needed to maintain a comfortable temperature. Plus, don't forget to pack an umbrella! The bustling capital of the United Kingdom offers a unique blend of history, culture, and modernity that can be a delight for solo travelers. However, you might be wondering, "Is London safe to travel alone?" The short answer is yes, but like any major city, it's important to be well-prepared and informed.

Is London Safe for Solo Travelers?

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  • Pay attention to your surroundings, especially in crowded areas and on public transportation. Keep an eye on your belongings at all times to prevent theft, Choose well-reviewed hotels or hostels in safe neighborhoods. Research online and read reviews to ensure you're staying in a secure environment.  
  • While London is relatively safe, some areas may have higher crime rates. Be cautious when venturing out at night and avoid poorly lit or deserted areas.  
  • Keep a list of emergency contacts, including local authorities, your embassy, and friends or family members who know your itinerary.  
  • Consider getting a local SIM card with data to stay connected and use maps and translation apps. This can be immensely helpful in case of emergencies.  

Solo Things to Do in London

Traveling alone provides a unique opportunity to embrace your interests fully. Here are some solo-focused activities to consider:  

  • Capture the city's beauty at your own pace. London's architecture, street art, and scenic views make it a paradise for photographers.  
  • Download audio guides and explore the city on your own schedule. Discover hidden gems and interesting facts about London.  
  • Find a peaceful spot in one of London's many parks and enjoy a good book. It's a perfect way to relax and recharge.  
  • Enroll in a short course or workshop on topics of interest, from cooking to art and music.  
  • Join local Meetup groups for solo travelers to connect with like-minded people and participate in group activities.

London is undoubtedly a welcoming destination for solo travelers, offering a wide range of experiences and safety measures to ensure your trip is memorable and secure. By following these tips and exploring the city at your own pace, you'll create lasting memories in the heart of England's capital. So, pack your bags and get ready to embark on your solo adventure in London!  Using the free Vox City app , visitors to this trendy nation's capital can locate additional great self-guided trails in and around the city (included with your ticket).

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10 Tips to travel alone to London

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London is one of the most visited cities in the world. There are just so many things you can do in this amazing capital, you have to visit at least once in your life. You might be going with friends or you might want to take a solo trip and discover all that it has to offer. People often ask ‘is it safe to travel to London alone?’ Well, yes, it is. I can say that traveling alone in London is safe and you don’t have to be afraid of going. Whenever I went I always had the best time. Discovering new places, museums, restaurants, and shopping. You get to do so much even if the time is short.

We have gathered the 10 tips of traveling to London alone female, everything from hotel rooms, to restaurants, clubs, museums, and even safety tips. Whether you are traveling from abroad or even from another city in England, you still might want to know ‘is London safe to travel alone?’ A female traveling alone in London can be dangerous.

However, if you follow our tips I can guarantee you will have the best time and you will want to return again and again. So is it safe to travel alone in London? The answer is yes, and here are the reasons why! Also don’t forget to check our articles for day trips from London , and other destinations in England! If you need to work while you’re in London, make sure to check the best coworking spaces !

1. How to travel to London

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The first one on our list is how to get to London. This depends on which part of the world you are in. Whether you are from Europe or another continent, unless you are in the same country, the obvious method of transportation would be by plane. Is it safe to travel to London by plane? Yes, it definitely is. If you are traveling within Europe you can find such good deals. I would sometimes go for £50 (this was pre-covid). Plane tickets might be more expensive now due to the pandemic and you will also have to take tests depending on where you are coming from. Makes sure to check the country requirements before entering England.

Traveling by plane is really convenient. If you are just visiting London for a few days, then you can get away with a smaller suitcase and a backpack and save yourself some coins on the plane ticket. In case you are in nearby countries like France, the Netherlands, Ireland, you might even want to travel by train. From France, you can take the Eurostar train to central London, tickets can be very affordable if you book them in time. It will only take you about 2.5 hours from Paris to London. What a short period of time!

There is always the option to take the bus or even drive there by car, however, when you are alone you want to take the shortest road you possibly can. Traveling by car from a different country would be exhausting. Traveling to London alone female can be a bit scary, but it is the best thing I ever did for myself and I would do it again if I didn’t live this close to London now. Of course, I can still travel there, but it’s different now, because I actually live in England. When you are coming from abroad, you might get scared of this huge city. Is it safe to travel alone in London? I will tell you in the next 9 tips why it is safe.

2. When to visit London

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The next question would be is London safe to travel alone female and when to visit London? England is known for its rainy and dull weather. People say it’s usually all year round, however, that is not true. I have visited London in September, March, and June and the weather was slightly different. Of course, if you are coming during autumn, you will catch a bit of rain. This year we can say for sure the weather has been very good for us. The two main reasons I would recommend are Autumn and Summer and I will tell you why.

Autumn is very cozy. As I mentioned, you might get a bit of rain, however, in September and early October the weather is still warm enough you can get away with a light jacket. Traveling alone in London is a must during autumn. On one hand, you can do all the indoor activities in case the weather is not too promising, on the other hand, you get to walk around in the large parks and enjoy the sun shining. Female traveling alone in London might not be your cup of tea, however, you get to do so many things depending on what month you are visiting. More on the entertainments later!

Summer is most people’s favorite month. London during summer can be very hot. You might not want to walk around too much in 30 degrees. At the same time, visiting London during summer is a very good option as you get to do many activities. Plane tickets are definitely more expensive during the summer months, so keep that in mind as well when researching when to visit. If you are not a fan of summer, then spring and winter would be perfect for you. London is very beautifully decorated with light during winter. I’ll tell you about it in a bit! So if you’re still asking is London safe to travel alone female, my answer is still yes!

3. Where to stay in London

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Let’s see the best places you could stay in London that are safe. In case you want a good experience, a nice view, some English breakfast and to be in central London, then hotels are the ones for you. Park Plaza London Riverbank will offer you a breathtaking view of the river Themes. It might be a bit pricy, however, you get to live your best life in London while staying in a central hotel. Traveling to London alone female and staying at a hotel is one of the safest things to do. Other options are Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London or Britannia International Hotel Canary Wharf. If you are still wondering ‘is it safe to travel to London alone, you might need some more motivation.

If you are like me and you want to save some money, you should definitely choose to stay in Airbnb apartments. Sure, some of them are as expensive as a hotel, yet they can offer you so much more. I stayed in Airbnb on two occasions. Both were private rooms, rented in a separate place, I was not sharing anything with the owners of the property. My experience was amazing, they are welcoming and will even give you tips on how is it safe to travel alone in London.

The important part is to book a place somewhere in zones 3-5 as that would be more budget-friendly. If you can book it in the direction of the airport, that is even better. You will save yourself a lot of time traveling from the airport to the place you’re staying. You can of course choose to rent a private room and share the kitchen or bathroom, as long as there are enough reviews on their page, it is absolutely safe to do so. I would definitely stay away from Couchsurfing and hostels. I hope you are getting more comfortable with the idea of traveling alone!

4. What to eat in London

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Whoever has read any of my articles will know I love food. Eating out in London is just a different experience. All of the international cuisines are in London and waiting for you to try out their dishes. Asian, Mexican, Spanish, Indian, and of course the best British dishes. Female traveling alone in London should be prepared on what dishes to eat and where. When you already know where you are staying, just have a look in your area at what restaurants they have. Every British pub will serve a proper English breakfast . Fish and chips are around every corner (okay, I’m exaggerating, but really, there are many of them).

Traveling alone in London will just mean that you can try out any foods you want whenever you want to. You don’t have to sit around and think of what the other person wants to eat and if you’re actually up for that. You can just pick a place and go there. How liberating! Here you have some quick tips for dining out in London. One of the most popular places you can go to is Soho. In Soho, you will a list of great restaurants and also China Town is near Soho, so you kill two birds at the same time!

While you are there, don’t just try food from restaurants. London is home to sweets as well. M&M’s London is a store dedicated strictly to M&M’s chocolate and merchandise. You cannot miss this out! In the Kingdom of Sweets, you will find the best British chocolate and many other interesting sweets and drinks. So if you’re having doubts and thinking is London safe to travel alone female, then we can say for sure it is, and trying out all these foods and sweets will make your experience so much better. Let us know in the comments if you found any interesting restaurants!

5. Entertainment and Museums

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The best part and the whole reason why traveling to London alone female is a must. You get to visit museums for free! Tate Modern , National History Museum, Victoria and Albert, the list goes on and on. Museums are a great way to pass time while being alone in London. The majority of them are with free entrance and you can spend hours inside discovering different cultures, dinosaurs, famous gems, science and so on. Is it safe to travel alone in London? Sure it is if you spend most of your time in museums. During winter, you will get to experience the majestical Winter Wonderland which takes place in Hyde Park. The whole park is decorated with lights and will leave you in awe.

You get to visit from mid-November until early January. Whether there is snow or not, Winter Wonderland is a must-see if you are in London during this period. I can not leave out the Harry Potter Studio . If you are a fan of Harry Potter then I urge you to book your tickets and take a look at the Harry Potter studio, a Warner Bros tour. When you are in a capital city, watching the city from a higher building should be on your bucket list. The Shard will do just that. You can either have a drink and enjoy a sunset over London or you can book tickets to take a look at a 360-degree view of London. Let’s not leave out important buildings such as Buckingham’s Palace, the royal family’s home, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, and so on.

What about clubbing? This is the time you might ask again is it safe to travel to London alone and go clubbing? I would probably stay out of this unless you have some friends living in London and you can go with the people you trust. I was lucky enough to have a friend in London who took me out on a night in London. We went to Cargo, which was a very interesting experience. Tickets for clubs can be expensive, yet everyone should experience that London nightlife as long as they do not go alone!

6. Prepare an itinerary

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A female traveling alone in London should have an itinerary . When you are going alone, it is important that you come up with a plan before you leave. First of all, you will want to visit the important landmarks, such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the London Eye and so on. They are very close to each other, so it won’t take you too long. You might want to stop by a restaurant along the River Themes as you walk around these places.

It is very convenient to be in the center as you have the major attractions all in one place. However, if you wish to see something else that is not in the center, why not check out Camden? Camden Town is very famous for its small boutiques of fashion, perfumes, market and many other things. This would only take up 2-3 hours of your time, depending on what are you looking for. I have bought some lovely oil perfume in Camden from an Egyptian boutique and it lasted me years.

Traveling alone in London and creating an itinerary is easy, you get to choose how you want to spend your time. Whether that is by trying local food, feeding squirrels in the park (I love doing this) or just going to the mall, it is completely up to you. So to answer your question ‘is London safe to travel alone female’, then my answer is still, yes, it is. I will give you some extra safety tips in a bit.

7. Try something new

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When traveling to London alone female, you should think about new things to try. Everyone is recommending the same places to visit, even us. We do want you to see the most famous places, but we also want you to see some unusual places in London or even some things you haven’t thought about checking out. One of them is the London Theatre shows. There is a huge variety of shows, such as “The Prince of Egypt”, “Back to the Future: The Musical”, “Moulin Rouge” and “Tina Turner Show” just to name a few. These are all famous and worth your time. You can find affordable tickets if you book them in time, hence why it is important to plan your itinerary!

While you are planning your way to watch a show, the best place would be at Trafalgar Theater as after that you can just visit Trafalgar Square. The reason why it’s interesting to go here is that the lions in the square were sculpted by a painter whose first work was the lions. Nobody ever looks at them with these eyes, yet there is a story behind it. the lions will keep you safe if you’re still wondering is it safe to travel to London alone.

If you are interested in even more strange stuff, then visit the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre. This place holds the history of the use of anesthesia in medicine. Even if you are not into medicine or get sick just by looking at needles, I think it is a must-visit and an unusual one for sure. There are many more things you can do in London, just takes a little research. It doesn’t always have to be visiting the most famous landmarks. Let’s see the last 3 of the reasons why is it safe to travel alone in London.

8. Suitcase essentials

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While you are traveling alone in London it is important you pack your suitcase well . What can you bring? Well, it really depends on the time you are going. The most important thing you need to have with you (besides your ID and phone) is a raincoat. Not an umbrella, a raincoat. An umbrella won’t do you much service when there is wind and also London can be very crowded, you don’t want to gouge someone’s eye. Bring comfortable clothes. You will be out and about all day, you can’t be wearing heels or shoes that will break your feet. You can still dress in an elegant way and make it comfortable.

Do I need to mention rainboots? This is only a must if you are visiting in late October and November. You will want to bring yourself some waterproof shoes. If you are anywhere from Europe, you must bring with you a universal adapter. The UK has 3-hole plugs, so you might want to have this with you before you leave in case of emergency. The cool thing is that even on the train you can charge your phone.

While traveling on the underground, you should buy yourself an Oyster card and top it off with money or if you are spending more time in London, just get a week’s pass. The prices are different depending on the hours you are using the tube. Whenever I go I spend about £7-£10 a day while tapping my card. If you are there for a week, then a £40 weekly top-up would be cost-efficient and this also includes the good old double-deckers.

9. Learn about the culture

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While you are traveling to London alone female, please bear in mind the cultural differences you might experience. London is a multicultural, international capital city. There are over 300 languages spoken in this city, people from all around the world, living in and visiting London. If you stop a stranger to ask for help, it might even be that they are also a tourist themselves. The rules apply everywhere in the world, be kind, respectful, and ‘Mind the Gap!’ (this one is only in London).

Is it safe to travel alone in London if it’s so multicultural? Definitely. The fact that you can see so many foreigners will give you confidence that anyone can come here and spend a great time in London. Many people are just like you or me. Looking for some adventure, trying out new food, exploring, wandering around. Many people in London have never been there before and are seeing things for the first time. They were also asking ‘is London safe to travel alone?’ before they left their country.

When you are visiting, you want to keep in mind not visiting during school break and bank holidays. London is busy as it is, so during these times it will be absolutely packed with people. For this reason, it is also good to keep in mind to always be on the right side of the elevator. This is a rule pretty much anywhere in London, whether you are in a mall or underground, just always stand on the right. Saved the best for last, when someone says “you alright”, don’t embarrass yourself and answer the question. This is just a way of saying ‘hello’ in England!

10. Safety tips

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Needless to say, whenever you are visiting a capital city, you should bear in mind the safety measurements to take and this is the time to really ask ‘is it safe to travel to London alone?’. The most important advice I can give to anyone is to watch their stuff all the time. If you can keep your things in a bag and have that bag in front of you whenever you are in public, then you will be safe. I have never had any issues, but there are certainly some pocket pickers around London’s busiest areas.

If you are a female traveling alone in London, please avoid going out too much at night. Some of the areas that are dangerous are Westminster, Camden (during the day is fine), Kensington, and Hammersmith. Try to avoid using headphones when you’re not on less busy streets. You can use them in the tube, however, when outside just be vigilant. Avoid carrying cash, it is better to pay by card, and very rarely will you be asked for cash.

In case you did decide to go to pubs later in the evening, try not to accept drinks from strangers unless the bartender actually pours it in front of you or it is bottled. Some of these might seem ridiculous to think about, however, when you are at home you already know your surroundings and you don’t think of these things. When you are in a huge city like London, you have to make sure you pay attention to everything that is around you. With that being said, I have always felt safe in London, even at night. I can answer and confirm your question ‘is it safe to travel to London alone?’, it is very much so and you should not miss out!

Traveling to London alone – Conclusion

So we have answered your questions on whether ‘is it safe to travel to London alone’ and ‘is it safe to travel alone in London’. In both cases, we can say for sure that it is. Traveling to London alone female shouldn’t be scary at all as long as you plan your itinerary in advance, book your tickets and just stay alert when you are in not-so-crowded places. This does not mean you shouldn’t feel relaxed. Female traveling alone in London is very common and I urge everyone to try it. Traveling alone in London will leave you with the best experience and you will want to explore more places like this.

While you are in London, we recommend visiting some of the most beautiful castles and haunted castles . If you are looking for peace and quiet, then visit the charming villages in England. Let us know if you have ever been to London or if you would like to visit after learning about the 10 tips to travel to London alone. Check out also our tips to travel alone to Berlin and Vienna !

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Is It Safe in London?

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Considered by some to be the world's capital city, London is truly a place that offers something for everyone. While London is overall a safe place to visit, there are risks, neighborhoods, and scams to be aware of, just like when visiting any major city. London is one of the most visited cities in the world and by reading up on what to prepare for and taking some simple precautions, you can enjoy your trip just as well as the millions of other international travelers who visit each year.  

Travel Advisories

  • The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4 "Do Not Travel" travel advisory for visitors to the U.K. Restrictions and advisories change frequently and quickly, so check for updates from the  U.S. State Department  as well as  local authorities .
  • Prior to March 2020, the U.S. State Department advised visitors to the U.K. to "Exercise Increased Caution," but not to reconsider travel.

Is London Dangerous?

As with any major city, London experiences its share of crime, both violent and non-violent. Knife crimes are particularly troublesome in the city and are used to perpetrate robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides. The good news for travelers is that these violent crimes are mostly committed in the outer boroughs away from the touristic areas and are more often than not related to gangs. However, more crimes per capita occur in the popular and central Westminster and Camden neighborhoods than any other, although these are mostly petty theft or other tourist scams.

Some of the most common scams aside from pickpocketing include thieves who ride by on motorbikes and grab the bag or purse from an unsuspecting pedestrian on the sidewalk. If you're carrying a bag, keep it across your body and not dangling near the street. Another common scam includes street performers who distract passersby while an accomplice furtively steals your belongings.

London has experienced some high-profile terrorist attacks that, taken altogether, may give the impression that the city isn't safe to visit. However, the U.K. national government maintains an updated national threat level so you can stay alert to potential risks.

Is London Safe for Solo Travelers?

Lone travelers and backpackers embarking on Euro trips nearly always make an obligatory stop in the U.K. , and traveling solo around London carries the same risks as any other big city. In general, the constant crowds mean you'll hardly ever be alone and the biggest threat you should be concerned about is pickpockets. You should be hyperaware of your belongings and carry them in a safe place, especially when you're visiting popular landmarks or touristic areas.

If you're out at night and moving around the city alone, use common sense and avoid dimly lit streets with few people. Have your route planned out before you leave your accommodations, since being alone and lost in London can quickly become overwhelming. If you feel unsafe walking, don't hesitate to grab a night bus, a black cab , or another ride-sharing form of transportation.

Is London Safe for Female Travelers?

Women who live in London and visit are able to move around the city without major problems. Women walking around at night, especially when alone, should always take extra precautions, such as avoiding dark streets and trying to stay near areas with people at hand. Public transportation around London is considered to be safe overall, but night buses have a tendency to get rowdy, especially the double-decker buses. The rowdiness is usually light-hearted, but sitting on the lower level near the driver is always an option if it gets out of hand.

Safety Tips for LGBTQ+ Travelers

London is a very progressive city and travelers across the LGBTQ+ spectrum should feel welcome. No city, not even London, is completely immune to homophobia and transphobia, and LGBTQ+ travelers should exercise normal precautions. However, taken as a whole, London is a place that celebrates sexual diversity instead of repressing it, and travelers can feel that from attitudes on the street all the way up to legal protections (the U.K. bans all types of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity).  

Safety Tips for BIPOC Travelers

By all measures, London is always near the top of the list for rankings of the most multicultural cities.   More than a third of London's residents were born outside of the U.K. and the diversity of the city is apparent from the shades of skin tone, the gamut of languages spoken, and the never-ending options of world cuisine.   And while for the vast majority of Londoners diversity is just a part of daily life, there are also several reported incidents of racism, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism.

There is generally an uptick in hate crimes and intolerant acts following major newsworthy events. For example, immediately following the Westminster terrorist attack in 2017, hate crimes against Muslims in London surged.   In the week after the Brexit referendum, hate crimes in general across the city were nearly twice as high as usual.   If you're a BIPOC traveler in London, stay informed on local and global news. For emergency situations, dial 999 immediately from any phone, otherwise file a hate crime report for a non-emergency situation to notify the police of your experience.

Safety Tips for Travelers

  • Public transit stations are one of the most common spots for theft, especially those with the most traffic such as King's Cross St Pancras and Victoria stations. Be extra vigilant of your surroundings when using public transit.
  • Keep your travel documents, credit cards, and cash in a safe location, and consider using a money belt when walking around the city so they are less accessible.
  • Be careful when crossing the street. If you're accustomed to cars driving on the right side of the road, it's easy to step in front of moving traffic.
  • Walking while listening to headphones makes you less aware of what's going on around you, so consider pausing the music while you navigate the city.
  • More and more bars and restaurants around London are installing anti-theft clips underneath tables, so you can safely secure your bag and make it much harder for someone to steal.
  • When using an ATM—or cashpoint as they're called in the U.K.—make sure you're in a safe location and no one is hovering nearby.

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Solo Travel to London | Things to Do Alone

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This post is for those traveling solo to London with recommendations for things to do when travelling by yourself.

We include safety tips, suggestions on finding the best hotel for you, where to eat out alone, and how to meet people (if you want to!).

As a London tour guide, who has been self-employed for over a decade, I spend a lot of time doing things alone, often before or after my tours. So I'm drawing on a wealth of experience to create this post.

I've also used some of the ideas from people like you, who are members of our popular  London Travel Tips and Hacks  Facebook group.

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Our group is comprised of roughly 145,000 locals, tour guides, veteran travelers to the UK, as well as first-time visitors to London.

You don't need to become a member to read the posts, comments, and recommendations.

So, check out our group once you've finished reading this post!

Things to Do Alone in London

Best hotels for solo travellers.

  • Eating Out By Yourself

How to Meet People

  • Is London Safe for Solo Travellers?
  • Things to Do in London
  • Guide to Navigating the London Underground

Below are just of the hundreds of fun things to do in the city! For more ideas on how to spend your time in London, check out our master list of Things to Do in London (including options for things to do in London at night and things to do in London with kids).

Go on A Free Walking Tour

The best way to explore London is by foot, and Free Tours by Foot London has a jam-packed schedule full of tours to help you make the most of your solo time in the city. These tours are a great way to see our capital - as well as to meet other solo travellers. To find out which tours we re running when you're in town, just take a look at our Tour Schedule .

I, and my fellow tour guides, look forward to meeting you!

Visit a World Class Museum

London is home to some of the best museums in the world and these are great places to spend time by yourself, enjoying the thousands of items on display in various locations. The most popular museums are The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Natural History Museum, The Tate Modern and The National Gallery and Portrait Gallery.

But there are dozens more of museums just waiting for you to explore! For more ideas on where to spend your time, check out our list of Over 40 Free Museums in London .

See a West End Show

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London's theatre district draws people from all across the globe with an ever-changing array of musicals, plays, dramas and spectacles. Seeing a show in the West End is a great activity for solo travellers, as many theatres reduce prices on single tickets they've been unable to sell during the day.

For more information, check out our post on Getting Cheaper Theatre Tickets in London .

Bag a Bargain and Sample Delicious Street Food at an Iconic London Market

For those who like to shop, those who like to eat, or those who like to do both (that's me!), London is home to dozens of markets just waiting to be explored. There's famous markets like Portobello Market (antiques, vintage clothes, food), Borough Market (the BEST food market in the country), Spitalfields Market (various goods depending on the days of the week) and iconic Camden Market (clothing, gifts, food, antiques, vintage, hand made crafts etc. etc.).

And then there's lesser-known offerings like the Columbia Flower Market or beautiful Victorian Leadenhall Market . There's dozens to choose from, depending on what you're after, so check out our post on Our 18 Favourite Markets in London .

Note that for foodies, we visit markets on both of our food tours: East London and Borough Market and Maltby Street !

Explore Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful parks in our city. London is home to dozens of green spaces and some of the most stunning Royal Parks in the country. The most popular is Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, but I'd also recommend a stroll through St. James's Park or Hampstead Heath. I've made a list of the Best Parks in London to enjoy while you're here and you'll find plenty to keep you busy!

Visit a Royal Palace

The UK is home to the most popular Royal Family in the world, and throughout the years they have built incredible spaces are are now open for you to enjoy! From current residences like Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle to former homes like the Tower of London , Hampton Court Palace , and Kew Palace , there are plenty of places to go and get a healthy dose of royal pomp in stunning surroundings.

Take a Trip Along the Thames on the Uber Boat

For centuries, the fastest way through London was via the River - but these days is the best way to travel through the city while enjoying some incredible scenery! I always recommend a trip along the river, either using the Uber Boat or on a tour boat , as many of the buildings along the banks of the Thames were specifically designed to be seen from the water which means you're getting the absolute best views possible.

Walk Across a World Famous Bridge

London is home to two of the most famous (and often confusing) bridges in the world: London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Both are free to walk across (although you can pay extra to enter the towers and walkways of Tower Bridge) and both offer gorgeous views along the river.

Oh, and if you ever wanted to know the differences between the two, I wrote a helpful guide to help you out!

Enjoy the Best Views of London for Free

If you want to literally see all of London, you can't go wrong with a sky-high view! There is, of course, the tallest building in the UK, The Shard , but a trip to their viewing platform will set you back around £30. I always tell guests to save their money and consider one of our fantastic free viewing galleries such as the Sky Garden , and our newest offering, Horizon 22 - which is not the tallest viewing gallery in the city thanks to the topography of the land!

Grab a Drink at a Historical Pub

It's just not a real trip to London without a visit to the pub! There's a host of historical offerings for you to enjoy like Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (in existence for over 500 years), The Prospect of Whitby (London's oldest riverside pub and former haunt of pirates) and the Viaduct Tavern (a Victorian gin palace with 17th century prison cells in the basement). We've also got a list of our Top 10 Historic Pubs you may want to check out before you get here.

We don't think you should limit your hotel search simply because you are traveling alone! You may already have preferences for the type of hotel, room cost, and location, so it's always worth looking into any hotels that look interesting to you...But there are some things I recommend considering when choosing where to stay in London while travelling solo.

Firstly, think about staying in a neighbourhood that is safe and lively. The more people around, the better you will feel coming back to your hotel late at night.

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Also, you’ll want a neighborhood that has lots of cafes and restaurants that are good for dining alone. 

Areas that fit the criteria above include:

  • Covent Garden
  • Earl's Court
  • Knightsbridge and Belgravia
  • The Southbank
  • London Bridge
  • Notting Hill

Note that some hotels have a built-in social scene, with scheduled activities, game rooms, and lounges that are welcoming to solo travelers. 

We like these hotels for those traveling alone in London:

  • (Hub by) Premier Inn : Premier Inn is a chain of affordable hotels in London and in the view of our team of guides, the the commenters on our Facebook page , they have some of the most comfortable beds you will ever find! They have multiple locations throughout the city, are great for those travelling on a budget, and are always clean and well kept. Their latest offerings, Hub by Premier Inn are smaller, lightly furnished spaces that are perfect for solo travellers.
  • Mimi's Soho : Right in the heart of Soho, this is a beautiful converted historical building boasting small but impeccably furnished rooms and a charming bar/lounge which is great for solo travellers to relax or meet other guests.
  • Park Plaza Westminster Bridge : This is a favourite on our Facebook community ! Located just across the river from the Houses of Parliament, this well appointed hotel is clean, affordable and boasts four onsite restaurants and bars which is great for those travelling alone.

See our article on  Where to Stay in London  organized by neighbourhood. 

Lastly, look for hotels that are near London Underground Stations. 

Not only will your feet thank you for not adding additional walking time to your London exploration, but you will also have a quicker, safer walk to your hotel at night. Luckily there are literally hundreds of tube stations so this is one criteria that is usually easy to meet!

If you want to meet fellow solo travellers, consider staying at a hostel. London has a plethora to choose from including:

  • St. Christopher's

If you want some personalised assistance finding the right hotel, join our  London Travel Tips Facebook Group  and create a post asking for recommendations specifically for solo travellers.

Eating Alone in London

When you dine alone in London, you will not be eating alone! Lots of people enjoy their meals without companions. 

Bring a book, play on your phone, or just people-watch - you'll find many others doing the same. Note that no restaurant or pub will be reluctant to have you as a solo diner!

If you want to enjoy your food with others and even make a friend or two, take a food tour like our  pay-what-you-wish   food tours !

You'll find plenty of cafes throughout the city - from lovely spots to get a light bite with tea and cake (like Brigit's Bakery ) to full on greasy spoons for full English breakfasts (like Terry's Cafe ) to London's most beloved coffee institution, Monmouth Coffee .

You'll also find the three most popular coffee chains in the city: Cafe Nero, Costa Coffee and, of course, Starbucks!

In nice weather, enjoy your food in a park - and note that it is, indeed, legal to drink in public in the UK so consider a boozy picnic!

Solo Dining Recommendations

  • Churchill Arms - This is my favourite restaurant in London. It's a Thai restaurant hidden within a traditional London pub. Tables are small and service is fast making it a great stop for solo diners.
  • Dishoom - Dishoom has become one of the most popular restaurants in London to the point where they now have multiple locations throughout the city. Small plates and dining seats t the large bars make this a great spot for those on their own.
  • Bar Douro - Dishing up delicious Portuguese food and wine with plenty of bar style and counter seating.
  • Sabor - Here you can watch the chefs at work with counter seating while enjoying delicious tapas.

Food Halls and Markets

  • Market Halls - Outposts boasting 24 kitchens and over 200 dishes with locations in Victoria, Oxford Street and Canary Wharf.
  • Borough Market - The best food market in the country, hands down! You'll find endless options to enjoy there as well as quality ingredients (and drinks) to take home.
  • Mercato Metropolitano - Now with four sites in the city, Mercato has a focus on global quizzing and you'll find options of endless variety. This is a great one for picky eaters! Find them in Elephant & Castle, Mayfair, and Wood Wharf.

Communal Tables

  • Ottolenghi Islington and Soho - Delicious food with stunning cakes and desserts.
  • Busaba - Popular London outposts serving up Thai dishes.
  • Flesh and Bun - Self described as "London's Modern Japanese Feasting Experience."

London is an excellent destination for solo travelers, for both men and women. There are so many people living here who spend time on their own that you won't feel alone!

But, if you do want to meet other travellers, there are a few ways to do so.

Join a Walking Tour

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Taking walking tours and food tours is a great way to learn about the city and meet new people. 

Our  pay-what-you-wish   walking tours and food tours  attract travelers from all over the world and quite a lot of solo travelers. 

Eat/Drink at Your Hotel

Most hotels have bars and restaurants where other solo travellers may be driving and dining, giving you a great opportunity to make new acquaintances.

London Meetups

Meetup.Com operates throughout the world and their London page is constantly filled with activities and events taking place in the city, arranged by locals and visitors. Often, the people who turn up don't know each other so they are in the same boat as you!

Go to the Pub!

London's pub culture makes up the bulk of socialising in the city. It's rare to find and empty one and they are popular destinations for those in groups - or alone. You'll find oftentimes the bar staff are happy to have a chat and, particularly in neighbourhood haunts, locals are happy to engage with visitors and share tips for the area.

Take note that we run both a Historic Pub Tour and a Pub Crawl and Cockney Sing-A-Long which are great options for those travelling on their own!

Is London Safe for Solo Travellers

It’s normal to be concerned with safety when traveling alone, even more so in such a huge city like London. But rest assured, you will be fine if you follow some safety tips. 

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The tips below are for both men and women of all ages. 

However, women solo travelers face challenges that men solo travelers typically do not. 

Here are two in-depth articles for women traveling alone:  Solo Travel Safety Tips for Solo Female Travelers  and  Safety Tips for Solo Female Travelers .

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

You probably do this already, but take it up a notch in the city. 

If you find yourself in a densely crowded area, be aware of who is in your immediate surroundings. Pay extra attention on the Underground during rush hours when the trains can be packed. 

The same holds true when you are on quiet unpopulated streets at night. Many neighborhoods will be lively on their main streets, but side streets can be very quiet and you may not see a single person! 

As best you can, stay on streets that are well-lit and fairly populated. 

Do not listen to music on the streets at night. Take those earbuds out and listen to who and what is around you.

And never browse your phone while standing on the edge of the street (particularly when waiting to cross) as thieves on bikes can take those opportunities to nab your phone!

Try to Blend in With the Locals

There is no shame in being a solo traveler in London and, as I've said, you're not the only one by far! 

But if you have your head buried in a map, you will stand out like a sore thumb and be a target for pickpockets. Large backpacks or particularly clean trainers (sneakers/tennis shoes) can also mark you as a potential target.

Carry yourself with confidence, if possible and read up on the areas you are going to so you will know in advance what to expect.

Never Leave Your Bag Unattended

This is a given in most cities. Be sure at all times to have your bag and other belongings with you. 

Don’t leave your bag or phone on a table while you go off to use the restaurant restroom. 

Keep your bags closed and any valuables out of sight. Don’t have your phone sticking out of your back pocket - and don't keep your wallet there, either!

More Safety Tips

Read up on even more safety tips from our article,  How Safe is London for Visitors?

We hope that all the information above helps you enjoy your time in London! 

Be sure to check out our comprehensive list of  things to do in London  which includes information on free things to do, nighttime activities, and suggested itineraries to make the most of your time in the city! 

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We could write forever, and we still wouldn’t be able to list all the amazing things to experience as a solo traveler in London. This sprawling city offers up amazement no matter where you go, and it’s one of the best places for a solo adventure—no matter what you like to seek out when you travel. Read on to find out why solo travel to London is always a good idea, and check out some of our staffers and travelers’s favorite things to do in London on a solo trip.

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How to Travel Solo in London

The essential guide for traveling solo in your favorite uk city.

London , England, is a fabulous city, offering so much to see, do, and eat. Perhaps the best part is that it’s so easy to get around, making it an ideal place to visit if you’re a solo traveler. After all, there is no need to rent a car or worry about language barriers.

Whether you’re looking to fill your days with museum visits or shopping excursions, you get to call the shots when you’re traveling to London alone. You can explore the city how you like and when you want.

When you book a flight to London , no matter what kind of experience you’re looking for, you can find it in this city. Follow our tips and tricks to make the most of your solo adventures in London Town.

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Things to Know When Traveling to London

London is just across the pond from the U.S., but there’s an endless amount of cultural differences you’ll start to notice on your first visit. Whether you’re traveling to London for the first time or merely learning how to travel alone, keep the following things in mind for smooth sailing around the city.

  • Currency: England and the surrounding UK countries use the Great British Pound sterling, which is historically stronger than the US dollar. Even when the UK were still members of the European Union, they retained their native currency instead of the widely accepted Euro. This is something that might be easy to forget for those taking a trip to London on their way throughout Europe.
  • Transportation: The best way to get around London is to ride the London Underground or “The Tube”. It’s a network of trains that service nine zones throughout the city. If you’re traveling for several days, purchase an Oyster card to save on fares, and use it towards bus rides, tube routes, and overground trains. For more information on the impressive network of public transportation available in London, visit: Transport for London
  • Universal adapters : Without a universal adapter, you won’t be able to charge your phone or plug in your curling iron in the UK 3-pin outlets.
  • Language : Though people in the UK speak English, you will notice a few charming differences in both their accents and phrasing. For example, “rubbish” means trash, “lift” means elevator, and “cheers” means thank you.

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London Solo Travel Tips

As in any city, you’ll want to take precautions to ensure you’re being safe. When making a solo trip to London, follow the following tips:

  • Check in with your friends and family. Provide them with details around where you’re staying and what your plans are for the day.
  • Ask your hotel concierge if the neighborhood is safe to walk alone at night. When in doubt, order a ride. London black taxis are some of the best in the world and are only marginally pricier than ride-sharing apps. We recommend using the Gett app so you can ride in those classic black taxis, but with the easy convenience of an app.
  • Be mindful of your valuables. Use the safe at your hotel or hostel and keep copies of important documents, such as bank cards and your passport, with you at all times.
  • Just because you’re traveling solo doesn’t have to mean you have to go it alone. You can meet people quickly when you’re by yourself, especially if you get involved with guided group activities like bike routes, art exhibits, bus tours, or even small talk at the pub.  

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Best Places to Go in London on Your Own

What can you do alone in London? Everything! There are so many attractions and activities to enjoy when you’re traveling on your own. And the best part of all is you don’t have to compromise—you can do whatever you want when you want.

  • See the sites: The beauty of traveling alone is that you get to set the agenda for everything on your list. Check out some of the most famous sites, such as London Tower, Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and more.
  • Do a little shopping: Whether you’re souvenir shopping for friends back home or looking for cutting-edge European fashion, London has it all. Spend a morning browsing the stalls at Covent Garden Market or trying the fresh produce at Borough Market. For the big-name shops, you’ll want to explore down Oxford Street, and for designer couture, you can’t miss Sloane Street. All these areas offer incredible shopping amid world-class architecture, with beautiful, historic buildings housing all the shops and restaurants.
  • Take a tour: When it comes to solo travel in London, a tour is a great way to get to know the city. You’ll find all sorts of tours that are great for solo travelers, from Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tours to river cruises.
  • Get tickets to a show : If you’re a drama lover, you’ll want to see a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre or any of the shows available in London’s West End. There are many incredible venues to choose from, including The Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, Victoria Palace Theatre, and The Apollo.
  • For riverside shopping, you’ll love staying at a hotel along The Strand.
  • For high-end boutiques and restaurants, stay in South Kensington.
  • For activities and theatre, stay in Soho.
  • For shopping, art, and nightlife, stay in Covent Garden.
  • To be next to Chelsea Football Stadium, stay in Fulham.
  • For art galleries, stay near St. James’ Park and Piccadilly Circus.

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London on a Budget

Though London is often considered an expensive city, you might be surprised at how many free attractions are available. Keep more money in your pocket when you check out the following activities.

  • Visit the free museums and galleries : The British Museum, National Gallery, Museum of London, and the Natural History Museum are just a few of the many fantastic (and free!) exhibits throughout the city.
  • Eat a big breakfast : Save money on food by starting your day with a traditional English breakfast. The massive meal includes eggs, baked beans, sausage, bacon, grilled tomatoes, and toast, ensuring your belly will be full for hours. Check with your hotel to see if they serve complimentary breakfast.
  • Catch the Changing of the Guard : Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, completely free of charge. It’s one of the most iconic events in the city when the New Guard takes over for the Old Guard at 10:45 a.m. on certain days of the week.
  • Picnic in the park : London is home to many world-famous parks, including Hyde Park and Regent’s Park. Pack a picnic or grab an affordable sandwich from Marks & Spencer and spend an afternoon relaxing on the lawn.
  • Map out your day: To avoid overspending on taxis, map out your day and tube routes according to the attractions you want to see. Divide up your itinerary, clumping together sites that are closest to one another. After all, walking around London is one of the best ways to experience the city.

Of course, this travel advice only scratches the surface when it comes to things to do alone in London. Check out our London travel tips for more inspiration on the place that brought us The Beatles and The Royal Family. Now, pack your bags and get ready to explore the city on your own terms.

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Where to Stay in London: Budget to Luxury + Interactive Map

Janice Waugh

July 12, 2023 by Janice Waugh

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When deciding where to stay in London, you have many choices. From luxury to budget, from hostels to hotels that serve the more indie sensibility, you will find some great accommodation options on our list.

Between Tracey and me, we've been to London ten times. I tend to stay in either luxury boutique hotels or great budget hostels. When Tracey does a search on where to stay in London she looks for great deals on 4 star hotels and makes her choice by location.

The two factors that most people base their accommodation choice on are location and price.

While location is on everyone's mind when booking, it's important to remember that London has a fabulous public transportation system, including the underground “Tube” and the iconic double-decker buses. Everywhere is quite accessible.

We start with Where to Stay by London Neighborhoods , then continue with the Best Places to Stay in London from Budget to Luxury .

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Where to Stay in London by Neighborhood

I find London easy to get around. I'm happy walking for hours to get from one neighborhood to another. However, if that's not for you and you want to dig into certain aspects of London, it's important to understand the neighborhoods. Knowing them will help you decide where you want to stay. Let's start with a rundown of a few of the more popular neighborhoods, what they're like, and which hotels we recommend. Further below you'll see more information on the individual hotels, hostels, and inns by category of budget, moderately priced, luxury, and hipster.

  • City of London This is the oldest part of London where historic buildings, including St Paul’s Cathedral are located. It's a fascinating area with many small lanes to wander and get lost in. The Tower of London and the Tate Modern are within easy walking distance. For budget accommodation, stay at  YHA London St. Paul's , the first place I ever stayed in London, or for a moderately priced option, go to the  Z Hotel City
  • Shoreditch The creative hub of London's East End, Shoreditch is an artsy neighborhood with lots of clubs and bars around Shoreditch High Street, Great Eastern Street, and Old Street. There are lots of interesting food options, too. Stay at the  One Hundred Shoreditch Hotel , or  The Hoxton, Shoreditch.
  • Marylebone A residential area in central London, Marylebone includes Oxford Street and Regent Street shopping but lots of small shops, restaurants, and bars as well. A healthy walk will get you to Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and more. Regent Park and Hyde Park are on its borders. Recommendations include  YHA London Oxford Street (budget),  Z Hotel Gloucester Place  (moderately priced), and  The Marylebone Hotel (more luxury).
  • Bloomsbury  This is a literary center in London. Think the Bloomsbury Group. There are welcoming squares to sit and people-watch, the British Museum, and great coffee shops. Our recommendation for Bloomsbury is a luxurious boutique hotel. Montague on the Gardens is worth the splurge. 
  • Covent Garden  This is an exciting part of the city that features many West End theaters and lots of shopping. Try the moderately priced  Z Hotel Soho  or in the affordable luxury category,  The Resident Covent Garden .
  • Kensington If museums are your thing, this is the neighborhood for you. It has three of London's best museums: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. For a bit of local flavor, go to Walton Street in Kensington or wander north to beautiful Notting Hill. Stay at  The Resident Kensington , or for budget accommodation in the area, YHA London Earl's Court .
  • Notting Hill Located north of Kensington within the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Notting Hill is known for being a cosmopolitan neighborhood, hosting the annual Notting Hill Carnival and Portobello Road Market.

For a different perspective, a reader who has been a lifelong London resident offers some additional advice.

I wouldn't suggest staying in an area simply because of your tastes in activities. London has an amazing transport system that will enable you to get to anywhere with ease. Anywhere you stay in London you are going to be a short train/tube/bus ride away from where you want to be. There's no reason to stay centrally unless you have a lot of money. I would suggest staying anywhere that is close to a train or tube line and outside of central. Martin

Interactive Map of Recommended London Hotels

This map is interactive. Click on a marker and you'll see the name of the hotel, hostel, or B&B and a link to book it.

Here's what the colors mean:

  • blue markers are our luxury hotels
  • green markers are priced in the middle-of-the-road by London standards
  • yellow are budget accommodation
  • purple are hotels with an indie sensibility

You can also zoom in and out with this map to get a better look at what's near the various hotels. I love maps and study them before traveling so that I have a sense of the destination.

Window view from YHA hostel in London

Best Places to Stay in London: Hostels and Budget Hotels

London is a city that's alive at its core. It's a city of neighborhoods so you can stay in the center of things and feel quite at home. All the hotels, B&Bs, and hostels recommended below are within walking distance of key London attractions. Whether you're on a budget or love luxury in your accommodation, this post gives you some of the best of where to stay in London.

YHA Hostels . YHA is a charity that began in 1930 with a mission “to inspire all, especially young people, to broaden their horizons gaining knowledge and independence through new experiences of adventure and discovery.” Those are their words. From my perspective they are reliably clean and friendly. They have a family atmosphere in which age doesn't matter at all. I've stayed in three YHA hostels in London. Here they are in order of my preference.

  • YHA London Central I stayed at this hostel when I was in London on business. It's near a couple of tube stations. It's a 12-minute walk to Oxford Street, 10 minutes to Marylebone High Street, and just 45 minutes through the heart of London to get to Buckingham Palace. It's a purpose-built hostel, meaning that it is not a modification of an older building. You can read more about my stay at YHA London Central in  The Hostel Experience for Solo Travelers: What to Expect. How to Stay Safe .
  • YHA London St. Paul's This is actually the first hostel I ever stayed in. I was 15 years old and I remember looking through my dorm window to see the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. It was magical. Of course, they have updated the facilities since then. It now has a licensed restaurant and laundry services on site. I stayed in a private room when I was last there. Across the hall were two showers saved for, I think, their four private rooms. I'm not seeing this option on the website.
  • YHA London Oxford Street This hostel is in a fabulous location for shopping. From the street, this hostel is barely noticeable. Press the buzzer to be let in and take the elevator to the third floor where you’ll find reception and friendly staff. Given that the hostel is in London, the people staying (and chatting) in the common room were from all over the world – I found myself translating for French travelers on two different occasions. My room had a bunk bed so that it could be offered to two people but I took it as a single. The shower and toilet were about three steps down the hall.
  • YHA London Earl's Court  is located in Kensington with the Natural History and the Victoria & Albert Museums less than a 10-minute walk away. The Kensington High Street with its fantastic selection of shops is also nearby. This is the one London hostel I've not yet stayed at but it is a YHA which, for me, guarantees a level of quality. I wanted to include it because of its location. It offers shared dorms and private rooms, 24-hour reception, Wi-Fi access, kitchen facilities, a cafe, laundry, a TV lounge, and more.

room at Premier Inn in London

Premier Inn This budget hotel chain has been recommended by a number of readers. It's not fancy, but it is clean, has around 20 locations in the London area, and is a reliable place to lay your hat.

Travelodge Likewise, this budget hotel chain is known for being reliably clean and budget-friendly. And they have over 80 locations in Central London!

LSE Vacations Another option to consider is reliving your school days by staying in a student residence. Recommended by a reader of Solo Traveler : “A reasonably priced option I’ve stayed at is LSE, university accommodation available during their breaks. They have several locations, close to the tube, including Wi-Fi and breakfast. The downside is shared bathrooms. The price is very competitive though, starting from £49 with discounts for early bookings.”

room at Leman Locke hotel

Where to Stay in London with Indie Style

I've not sought out these hotels but I know a blogger who has. Victoria publishes on Bridges and Balloons, a site that brings to you “places worth sharing”. I've met her, I've traveled with her, and I totally love her sensibility.  For full descriptions of the hotels and why they make her hipster list, go to her blog . If you want to go right to her recommendations you can click through to them here:

  • The Hoxton, Shoreditch
  • Leman Locke
  • The Corner London City (formerly Qbic)
  • The Artist Residence

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Moderately Priced Hotels and B&Bs for Solo Travelers

The average cost of a hotel room in London in 2019 was US$200. If you get a nice hotel for less than that rate, you're doing very well.

Z Hotels This small hotel chain has ten London Hotels, some with rooms specifically for solo travelers. I discovered them in Glasgow and I was impressed. In some of their locations, you can book a single room, in others the cost of a double is comparable. The single room I booked was small but well designed. I got an interior room for less money. Check to see what you're getting as a window may be important to you. I'd suggest that you include their breakfast with your booking because they're fabulous. Served in The Z Cafe, they include smoked salmon, fresh croissants, pastries, cereals, fresh fruit salad, and bacon rolls. The Cafe is open all day and serves wine in the evening. Here's the list. Look on the map below for their locations.

  • Z Hotel Soho
  • Z Hotel Piccadilly
  • Z Hotel City
  • Z Hotel Shoreditch
  • Z Hotel Victoria
  • Z Hotel Gloucester Place
  • Z Hotel Covent Garden
  • Z Hotel Holborn
  • Z Hotel Tottenham Court Road
  • Z Hotel Trafalgar

afternoon tea setting at montague on the gardens

Luxury London Hotels for Solo Travelers

I have a few very different luxury hotels to recommend. These are not the most luxurious hotels in London. The sky doesn't seem to have a limit on this. These are in the “affordable luxury” category.

Montague on the Gardens The Montague is richly decorated and the staff is very welcoming. From the woodwork to the art on the walls to their afternoon tea, it all feels very British. In fact, the Montague is frequently mentioned as one of the best places for afternoon tea in London. Located near Russell Square in Bloomsbury, in the London Borough of Camden, it is right next to the British Museum and within walking distance of the Strand for theater and Covent Garden Market for shopping.

The Marylebone Hotel The Marylebone Hotel is a gem for its location alone, but the hotel is beautiful as well.  I would classify it as casually luxurious. Marylebone is a true neighborhood in the heart of London. Regent Park to the North, Oxford Street to the south, and just a bit west along Oxford Street is Hyde Park.

The Resident Hotels The four boutique Resident hotels in London are in the affordable luxury category. Each room is more of a mini apartment with a compact kitchenette including microwave and fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, a flat-screen digital TV and free Wi-Fi. The decor is modern. They have four hotels in London: Soho , Kensington , Covent Garden , and Victoria .

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Apartment Rentals In London

Cozy into a neighborhood and likely save some money too by renting an apartment. I've had great success with VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals By Owner).  Here's a link to their London listings.  Of course, there's also Airbnb but I've had better luck on VRBO. It's difficult to recommend specific apartments because unlike hotels or hostels, the listings come and go. Your best bet is to search the site once you have your dates and transportation confirmed to see what will be available at that time.

You might also consider an aparthotel: a hybrid apartment/hotel room. Staycity Aparthotels , with several locations in the London area, are recommended by a reader: “I stayed at the one in Greenwich and I loved it! It was close to a train station, affordable, clean, comfortable, with a kitchenette. I was able to explore around there and I liked it, but I was also able to easily use the bus and trains.”

room at Lime Tree Hotel in London

Reader Recommendations

Beaufort Hotel This is Tracey's pick. On my most recent trip to London, I stayed at the Beaufort Hotel in Knightsbridge. It's on a quiet cul-de-sac just a stone's throw from Harrod's. I love that they offer a double bed in their single rooms and deliver a pot of tea and fresh-baked scones to your room every afternoon. I was lucky that my arrival coincided with tea time, which gave me a chance to get settled and fueled up before heading out, and saved me from having to pay for lunch. The rooms require a bit of juggling because of their small size, but the beds are comfortable, the shower is wonderful, and mineral water, coffee, and tea are complimentary and delivered right to your door whenever you like.

Hilton London Paddington Recommended by a reader : “I stayed at the Hilton London Paddington and loved it. It was so convenient to have the hotel connected to the station where I could easily get on the Underground or the Heathrow Express. It is also within walking distance to many attractions like Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, and many of the museums.”

St. Christopher's Oasis for women  Recommended by a reader: “It's near London Bridge and Borough Market. I'm older, I usually stay in a four bed room and have never had any problems. The area is safe and has plenty of take away shops, and a grocery across the street. About a 5 minute walk to rhe tube station, about 10 to the train station.”

easyHotel Recommended by a reader: “The rooms are tiny i.e. The bed touches all the walls but the rooms were tidy and you can get an ensuite. They charge extra for everything e.g. Tv remote.” easyHotel Paddington , easyHotel London City Shoretditch , easyHotel Victoria , easyHotel Southhampton .

Rushmore Hotel Recommended by a reader: It's in the Earls Court area of London. They have single rooms with private bath, and a good buffet breakfast – or they did

The Montana Hotel Recommended by a reader: “The Montana Hotel London was great for a cheap room as a solo traveler. It is on three tube lines and there's nothing like being in the same postal code as the royals!”

Lime Tree Hotel This boutique townhouse hotel offers single rooms for solo travelers. Recommended by a reader : “I have stayed here for years. It’s the best B&B in Belgravia! They recently renovated as well. Matt & Charlotte (the owners) are the best!”

Captain Bligh Guest House   Recommended by a reader : “This is actually Captain Bligh’s house. There are several fabulously decorated rooms with so much attention to detail. Gayna and Simon are very welcoming. They stock your little fridge with breakfast and tea things. There's a lovely view of the garden and the London Eye out back, and the Imperial War Museum is across the street. It’s an easy walk to Westminster Bridge for Parliament, Big Ben, London Eye, walking on the Thames and ten minutes from there to Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as The Strand. I’ve stayed in the Captain’s Cabin twice now, which was Captain Bligh’s room. It’s quiet and what a treat to hear Big Ben chime!” Note there is a 3-night minimum stay.

Recommendation by reader:  “Many hostels have private rooms. You pay a bit more, but still cheaper than a hotel. Also, they are a great source of information that you wouldn't normally find in travel books, especially for budget activities. It also gives you the option to connect with other travelers, but the privacy of having your own room.”

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I really loved solo traveling to London. I stayed in airbnb rooms and made sure it was appartements shared with other girls. I always felt safe in the streets even at night. I’m also queer and I felt safe being myself and out in the city.

London was great, I had lots of fun and met incredible people, and I felt super safe there! It was definitely as expensive as I thought it would be… and with so many airports it’s such a hustle to move from one to another one, and super expensive as well But overall, a great experience!!

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I recommend Four Seasons in Chinatown. Their roasted duck was so good I ate half a duck myself on my solo trip. Stayed in zone 1 and didn’t feel dangerous. Can’t take much pictures as a solo girl. As long as I put my phone in my jacket pocket, I’m safe

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London was my first solo trip and I really enjoyed it because the people are very welcoming and the atmosphere is really nice. I did shopping in many thrift stores, I took a lot of pictures and I visited many museums. And I always felt safe during my trip.

I went to London during the pandemic solo while I was only 18 yo. Coming from Athens London did feel safe to me but it might have been the fact that during the pandemic it wasn't as busy as usual. I liked the food , you could find every cuisine in different price range but I don't remember any restaurants name to recommend. Going around with public transport was very easy and convenient.

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I felt safe but it was very crowded and expensive. I recommend to get a ticket to the hop on and hop off buses then you will be able to sightsee around London without having to walk a lot while carrying your backpack. I stayed in the walrus hostel and it was very nice, the hostel is also a bar so it’s a good option if you want to have some drinks at night without worrying too much.

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Switzerland

This was my first ever solo trip and i felt so anxious about travelling. I didn‘t feel anxious about the coty or safety, more like the travelling on my own. I love this city with all my heart and i never felt unsafe! I‘ve been there a few times already so i know how it is after a concert or a club night and the only time i felt unsafe was in the tube in the middle of the night because of some men having a fight. We sat somewhere else with a girl in our age and everything was fine then. Overall 10/10 experience!! It‘s the easiest coty to go alone!!

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I traveled with my best friend to London. We stayed 2 days, so we didn’t have the time to see everything we wanted. I did feel safe overall, and even went on a solo walking trip through Hyde Park. I felt really safe! We saw the highlights of London, but I have to say that every highlight was pretty far from the previous one we went to see. The Big Ben for example was almost an hour from the Two Tower Bridge, by foot. So we took the subways a lot, felt really safe there as well. The bus was great too!

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Safety really depends on the area that you are in. At night ,You need to be especially careful. But apart from that, I really love London I love spending time there. There are a lot of things to do. It doesn’t feel like solid travel much as there a lot of activities and you will also meet a lot of people.

Caroline

I spent a month in London and loved it! Museums are amazing and the best thing: are free!! Lots to do and even if you don’t wanna spend much money, you can still enjoy the city! It’s easy to get around by public transport. Lots of nice parks to visit and you can see foxes and squirrels 🐿️ Enjoy!!

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Aleksandra

London is a big city and like any other big city, there's all sorts of people here. It would be wise to keep your belongings safe especially in crowded or touristy areas. Also do some research on the area you're looking to stay in and familiarise yourself with transport links.

London is a very lively city, and as such is a place where people need to keep their wits about them. Petty theft is common, and there is potential for more serious crime. Generally it is a place where I feel safe but visitors would be advised to always be vigilant.

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Hi I’m Mandy 52 yrs old based between London and Wiltshire U.K. I enjoy sightseeing, exploring, relaxing, reading, love the ocean and bodyboarding. I’m Australian-born and I’m heading to Perth for 2 months in Feb 2025 to spend time in my birth-town and get to know it. Looking for meet ups and exploring buddies. I don’t drink or smoke (used to) and my perfect day is exploring or chilling with an early dinner, reading or card games and a nice early night tucked up in bed :)

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Hello fellow travel ladies! I'm Aleksandra, a 26-year-old adventurer currently living in London. For the past five years, this vibrant city has been my home base as I explore the wonders of the UK and Europe. I'm always on the lookout for like-minded travel buddies to share experiences and create unforgettable memories. Whether it's attending events, discovering hidden gems, or embarking on outdoor adventures, I'm excited to connect with others who share my passion for travel! On a more personal note, I am a very positive, adventurous and dynamic person with a wide range of hobbies. I enjoy all types of sports, such as swimming, skiing, cycling, weightlifting and hiking. I like visiting museums and learning about history and politics. I enjoy cooking and testing out new recipes. I try to use my phone as little as possible and live in the moment and so I avoid social media as I prefer to pick up the phone and have a good quality catch up with friends and family where I get to hear their voice and find out first hand about their experiences.

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As a local who has lived in London for six years, I have some recommendations for travelers visiting this vibrant city. London is fairly safe, but like any big city, it's important to exercise caution. Keep your belongings secure and be aware of pickpockets, especially in crowded tourist areas. For museum lovers, I highly recommend the Victoria and Albert Museum. It's absolutely gorgeous and has a lovely courtyard garden where you can enjoy a coffee if the weather is nice. During the colder months, there's a stunning cafeteria inside. Just across the road is the iconic Natural History Museum, famous for the whale skeleton in the main hall. Don't miss the earthquake simulation room on the last floor, which replicates one of the biggest Japanese earthquakes in the last decade. Both museums are free to enter. On a good day, a walk along the South Bank is a must. Start at the Millennium Bridge and make your way along the river to Big Ben. While you're there, I'd suggest skipping the London Eye – in my opinion, it's overrated and overpriced. For food, Chinatown is a great spot for Chinese cuisine. If you're in the mood for steak, Flat Iron is superb, and you can even get free ice cream if you visit the location by London Bridge. For tapas, try Lobos, which offers a fantastic dining experience. Most restaurants require booking and have limited walk-in capacity. Enjoy your visit to London!

Tallulah

London, like any city can be unsafe. Personally I have never witnessed anything, but you have to be vigilebg and take care of your belongings. Id you see anything unsafe its easy to get away from i.e the tube can be unsafe but its quick and easy to get of at the next stop. It’s easy for London to get crowded if you at an event or during rush hour, so I would typically avoid traveling around between 7-10am and 4-7pm. If you stick to the touristy, well known areas. Walking round at night is as safe as any other city. There are normally lots of people about.

London is a very safe place to visit. There are a lot of places to visit that are free of charge, like the British Museum, History Museum, and War Museum. You can find all kinds of cultural food. At night, it's really safe and normally very busy, especially on weekends.

London is a safe place for travelling as a solo woman traveler. I did it many times. The food is good as you get to discover many cuisines from around the world. I would advise to stay within central London (zone1) in order to not spend too much on the transport as it is expensive especially during peak hours.

If you’re going outside of the city centre I recommend using a taxi at night. Either Uber or Bolt will be the cheapest options. If you have to get the bus at night, do it go onto the upper deck. Save money by going to larger supermarkets/superstores, convinience stores and smaller ‘metro’ or ‘express’ shops are more expensive. If you’re staying for a long time, use an Oyster card as payment issues are easier to track and refund. If you’re there for a short time, you can use your contactless card on all public transport. Museums and parks are free to enter, E.g the National Portrait Gallery (Trafalgar Sq), Natural History Museum (South Kensington) and the Science Museum (South Kensington).

London is mostly safe for women, with the exception of maybe a few neighbourhoods where there are a lot of middle eastern men, who will stare at you intensely like a piece of meat. Edgware Road is one such example. The women will also stare and judge, even when you’re dressed very “modestly” / conservative / not showing and skin or body shape or wearing any makeup.

So you’re visiting London for the first time! My advice as a woman who has lived here for 7 years, and had my fair share of getting lost and feeling uncomfortably cramped on the tube, is this! - Walk as much as you can, not necessarily to avoid the tube (as this is a rite of passage), but you get to see so much more of London by walking (or taking the bus, although I would avoid the night bus alone.) - Downloading the Citymapper app is a must! It will tell you exactly what routes to take as well as timings. This will help you plan your journey so you don’t feel intimidated by the tube! - Head to the touristy places sure, but they can get super packed so I would either head there early in the morning or after the sun goes down. - To get a real taste of London, you need to head to Hackney, Notting Hill, Greenwich, and Little Venice. - As for Covent Garden, Southbank (all great but very touristy!), aim to head there on a weekday. - Avoid Oxford Street unless you want to go on a big shopping spree, but even then I wouldn’t recommend! - If you are a solo traveller and you’re heading out to bars/restaurants, look out for an ‘Ask for Angela’ sign in the loos if anyone makes you feel uncomfortable at any point! The bar staff will help. - Avoid Uber and download Bolt or FREENOW - best cab apps! Avoid black cabs unless you’re made of money. - If you’re taking the tube, there’s no need to wear your backpack on your front! We do have pickpockets like every other city, just keep your phone close to your body and your bags zipped up. - Londoners aren’t as rude as they’re made out to be! If you’re lost, ask somebody. 99% of the time they will help, unless they don’t know where they’re going themselves! Finally! Enjoy it. There are so many creative and wonderful hubs in London, just waiting for you!

London can be a challenge but it's a lot of wonderful places to go. The tube is the best way to move, you can get everywhere. Delicious food that can be found at a resonable cost. The best way to find the beauty of the city is to gosto outro and walk around, but I would not advice after 10.30pm.

Angelina

- London is generally quite safe for women, even at night in most areas. However, be vigilant at night, stick to well-lit streets, and consider taking taxis instead of walking alone late at night. Avoid poorly lit parks and side streets. - For restaurants, I recommend Dishoom for modern Indian food, Ottolenghi for Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, and The Breakfast Club for a fun brunch. Look for pre-theater menus for deals before evening shows. - Buy an Oyster card to save money on public transport. Avoid taking taxis except late at night - the Tube is very safe. Consider staying in zone 1 or 2 to be central. Good areas are Soho, Covent Garden, Southbank, Shoreditch. Avoid some outer areas like Thamesmead. - Free museums like the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern are great. Skip expensive attractions like the London Eye or Madame Tussauds. - Parks like Hyde Park and Regent's Park are nice daytime activities. Go in a group at night. Attend a play in the West End for evening entertainment. - Most importantly, trust your instincts. Be confident walking around, but don't hesitate to ask for help if you need it. Londoners are generally friendly and helpful. Enjoy the amazing food, culture, and energy of the city!

Nour

Yes London is safe for solo female travelers! Its one of my favorite cities in the world. You can even travel at night as a solo female traveler. It is well connected by tubes, buses etc and usually there is always people on public transport so ur not alone. Specially on weekends. Try not to walk alone after 12 am during the week. I would suggest you rent a lime bike and go to the nearest station or bus stop and get public transport. I would not spend too much time on the touristy areas like central London and west London. And try to engage with the real authentic London life. Visit museum they are mostly for free!! Visit Sunday markers in east London. Parks and canals are your friend for cheap nice hangout in summer and museums and cafes are ur friends in winter. East London hackney is my favorite area in London for food, bars, cafes, clubs, Sunday markets, pubs, canal walks, and super diverse and cool.

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  • After traveling solo since I was 18, I've hit over 80 countries.
  • I've made my fair share of mistakes, but I've learned how to stay safe while traveling alone.
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I've been traveling on my own since I was 18. After visiting over 80 countries and 13 years of trial and error, I've learned a few important safety tips.

Although flight prices seem to be rising ahead of the summer surge, they're significantly cheaper than this time last year, so I'm itching to plan my next trip.

I follow these rules everywhere I travel — it doesn't matter how upscale or "safe" the destination is supposed to be.

Although some situations are unavoidable, here's what I do to stay safe and alert while traveling solo.

I always share my location and itinerary with someone close to me.

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Before a trip, I always share my flight and hotel information with my mom. I've also gotten into the habit of sharing my live location with her (indefinitely).

Other than the fact that it gives her a sense of security, I know that if anything were to happen (or if she doesn't hear from me when expecting to), she would have enough information to make a few calls and confirm I'm safe.

It only takes a few minutes but can make a huge difference in the long run.

Wearing a flat crossbody or belt bag under my clothing is key.

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I always avoid wearing backpacks and those trendy see-through bags — there's no need to make someone curious. I don't like having my purse and valuables super exposed because it makes me a prime target for pickpockets.

Although it's easier to wear belt bags in colder environments when I'm wearing layers, I can still manage in lighter clothing.

Lululemon's Everywhere Belt Bag, Athleta's Pacesetter Run Belt, and Peak Gear's Travel Money Belt have been my go-to for traveling . They're small and thin enough to wear under my clothing but can hold my essentials (cash, credit cards, a phone, my passport, and copies of my ID).

I don’t wear my expensive bling or designer pieces.

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I typically want to look good for photos, but wearing expensive clothing and stand-out jewelry always attracts unwanted attention.

Wearing shiny necklaces and a stack of bangles while sporting a Gucci tracksuit makes it look like I have money, which is the opposite of what I want someone to think when I'm traveling alone.

It also means I'm less likely to successfully negotiate or barter a good price on items in markets.

There are basic things I research about each city or town I’ll be staying in.

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I'm a super spontaneous traveler. Although I usually have a list of places I want to visit, I rarely follow a day-by-day itinerary.

Regardless, once I know where I'm going, I always take time to plan which area to stay in and book hotels in advance . I try to find the best neighborhoods, then I explore a list of hotel options and select them based on reviews, location, and overall vibe.

I also always ask the front desk staff if there are any areas I should avoid once I check in — not everything is online.

Sometimes, I'll even look for female-oriented hotels or ones with mostly female staff members because that makes me feel a little more comfortable.

Looking lost or scared is asking for trouble.

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How you carry yourself is a big deal. If I'm lost, I typically use the Maps.me app, which allows me to use maps even while offline.

I try to pop into a coffee shop — or even a bathroom stall — to look at the map and get my bearings. If I can't find a place to make a pitstop, I'll walk to a more populated area with lots of traffic.

If worse comes to worse, I'll just hail a taxi to take me back to my hotel.

Looking lost makes it pretty obvious you're a tourist and gives the impression that you're willing to accept help from anyone. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of situations like that.

For the same reasons, I also never walk around looking frightened, even if I'm freaking out on the inside.

There are different transportation apps all over the world, so I make sure I have the right one.

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Not everywhere has Uber or even many taxis. I always look up popular transportation apps wherever I'm traveling and download them on my phone.

I usually even enter and save my credit card information, so I'm ready to roll and don't find myself stuck when I reach the destination.

I make sure I have enough cash with me.

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I've traveled to places where credit cards aren't widely accepted, or I can't withdraw cash from ATMs.

To avoid that panic, I always carry cash and exchange it for the local currency at the airport or hotel.

I don't keep it all on me when I'm exploring — I just carry some with me and leave the rest safely locked in my suitcase.

I've learned to not say yes to everything.

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When I travel alone, I'm bound to meet new people, and sometimes they invite me to parties or for drinks. But I always politely decline.

Nothing good has ever come from drinking with strangers in a foreign place, in my experience. And I always want to be clear-minded enough to pick up on strange or dangerous situations.

I don't even share my plans with strangers I meet, and I never post my real-time locations on social media.

It might seem obvious, but I also don't accept rides from strangers because then they'll know my whereabouts.

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The best solo travel destinations, according to a long-time solo traveller

Travelling alone can be one of life's most rewarding experiences, says Tracey Davies, editor of 101 Singles Holidays

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Solo travel is having a real renaissance right now. According to American Express’ latest Global Travel Trends report , 69 per cent of travellers are planning to go it alone this year, with women in the post-45 age bracket leading the charge. There are many reasons women choose to travel on their own: separation from a partner, a sabbatical from work, seeking empowerment and freedom, or simply wanting to do things their own way for a change.

So, if you’re looking for a yoga retreat in Spain , want to explore the Golden Triangle in India , or even snuffle for truffles in the forests of Slovenia , there are a million and one solo holiday ideas to garner inspiration from. Here are some of my favourites…

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History in Edinburgh , thronging nightlife in Glasgow, heather-strewn glens in the Highlands – Scotland is a brilliant place to explore, period. Solo adventures to be had in Scotland could include a walking holiday in Glencoe, monster-spotting in Loch Ness or island hopping around the Hebrides .

See the best of the Highlands on a four-day Good Housekeeping tour this July, which includes a ride on the world-famous Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. The train passes the stunning slopes of Ben Nevis, numerous dazzling lochs and the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct (pictured), made famous by the Harry Potter film franchise.

Other highlights of this tour include a ride on the Falkirk Wheel boat lift and a cruise along the Firth of Clyde on the PS Waverley, the world's last ocean paddle steamer.

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Spain hits the top spot as one of the easiest places to travel solo. It has Mediterranean beach resorts, buzzing cities abundant with cool bars and restaurants (like Granada, pictured), and small towns and picturesque villages that are perfect for pottering.

Add in a straightforward and reliable transport network, a plethora of solo accommodation options and friendly residents, it's easy to see why Spain is a great choice for a solo sojourn.

The Healthy Holiday Company offers numerous wellness trips throughout Spain. One of the best for solo travellers is Shanti Som, a small, boutique retreat in Andalusia. With just 15 rooms it offers an intimate experience plus has a yoga pavilion and gorgeous little spa that offers different treatments and therapies. FIND OUT MORE

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Italy is incredibly welcoming to the solo traveller. Have you read the book or seen the movie Eat, Pray, Love ? Our hero Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with the country’s great food, romantic language and utterly charming locals. Italy's also an easy country to get around in, thanks to its excellent transport network.

One of my favourite cities in Italy is Bologna (pictured). Known as La Grassa ('the fat one'), the northern city is a mecca for gastronomes . As well as feasting on hearty pasta dishes and locally-made wine, Good Housekeeping's six-day foodies tour (which begins and ends in Bologna) visits producers of Parma ham, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan, and includes an Italian cooking class in the neighbouring city of Modena.

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Considered one of the safest countries in the world, Norway is the perfect destination for solo travellers, especially those looking to embrace friluftsliv , the Norwegian concept of enjoying the great outdoors.

Like other Nordic countries, Norway is incredibly well organised, efficient and easy to traverse. It also has a fantastic, solo-friendly dining scene with a focus on home-grown, seasonal produce.

Norway is one of the best places on earth to witness the Northern Lights , so join Good Housekeeping on this fantastic 12-day Norway cruise with no single supplement.

Departing November 2024 , you'll sail on a Hurtigruten ship, stopping off at the UNESCO-listed port of Bergen, the Lofoten Islands and Tromsø. As you cross the Arctic Circle, the chances of spotting the aurora borealis are almost guaranteed.

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Famously welcoming, Slovenia is the perfect destination when travelling alone.

Bordering Hungary, Italy, Austria and Croatia , this small but mighty country is relatively straightforward to explore, thanks to its efficient transport system. The fact that there's also plenty to see and do – and that most people speak English – means it should be on any solo adventurer’s must-visit list.

This six-day guided Slovenia adventure , departing in October 2024, is a great introduction to Central and Southeastern Europe. The trip begins and ends in Ljubljana, Slovenia's cobblestoned capital, and includes tours of Triglav National Park, Lake Bled (pictured) and the UNESCO-listed Skocjan caves.

You’ll also enjoy wine tasting in the Vipava Valley and an afternoon learning about the art of truffle hunting.

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For the original Shirley Valentine experience, look no further than Greece and its beautiful islands. Greece is ideal for solo travellers, whether you want to hoover up the ancient history in Athens or hop around the islands, relaxing on beaches and dining Shirley-style in traditional tavernas.

With an abundance of sprawling beach resorts, white-washed fishing harbours and rugged mountain villages to pick from on the islands, the hardest part is choosing which one to visit.

If you're looking to explore your creative side, check out learning holidays company Skyros . Staying in a rustic eco-lodge, this week-long holiday on Skyros (pictured), in the southern Sporades, includes creative writing sessions, stand-up comedy workshops and relaxing yoga classes.

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As our closest continental neighbours, France is a good place to start when venturing abroad solo. It's easy to get around, dining alone is welcomed and the French are very accustomed to tourists.

Follow in the footsteps of Claude Monet on this four-day Good Housekeeping holiday taking in Paris and Giverny. Great for single travellers with a passion for art, the base for the trip (departing in July 2024) is the four-star Château de Montvillargenne in the heart of the Chantilly forest.

Excursions include a visit to Château de Chantilly and the market town of Senlis plus a guided tour of Monet's gardens in Giverny (pictured) led by gardening expert and writer Paula McWaters.

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Considered to be one of the most captivating landscapes on the planet, Iceland is a must for any adventurer, including those going it alone.

With incredibly welcoming locals, Iceland is known as the Land of Fire and Ice, and offers visitors the chance to bathe in hot springs, climb sheer glaciers or come face-to-face with feisty volcanoes. To see this vast landscape in style, it's well worth joining a group tour (ideal for solo travellers) or hiring a car.

Soak in the famous Blue Lagoon (pictured), see the Skógafoss waterfall and hike up the Sólheimajökull glacier on an exhilarating five-day tour of Iceland. Hosted by Regent Holidays , this is a great option for solo travellers aiming to tick off a range of Iceland activities.

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India was one of the first countries I ever travelled around alone (talk about throwing myself in at the deep end!) and while it was challenging in parts, it was also rewarding and transformative.

Whether you're looking to hike the Himalayas, 'find yourself' through yoga and meditation on a retreat or marvel at the Taj Mahal, India's unique culture and vibrancy is bucket list-worthy.

One of the easiest ways to explore India on your own is on an escorted tour. Solos Holidays itineraries are made specifically for the single traveller, and their Splendour's of Rajasthan tour explores the Golden Triangle of Jodhpur, Jaipur and Agra. Highlights include seeing the Taj Mahal at sunrise (pictured) and visiting the Amber Fort in the Aravalli Hills.

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Gorgeous white beaches, rugged national parks and perhaps the prettiest medieval walled city in the world (hello, Dubrovnik ), Croatia is one of my favourite places in Europe to explore by myself.

Croatia is an easy country to get around, whether you want to go island hopping by ferry, catch a coach along the Adriatic Coast or hire a car to explore the country’s rugged interior.

If you want to see Croatia with a some like-minded folk, consider booking an escorted tour with Just You , a solo holidays specialist. Their Croatia and the Markarska Riviera trip focuses on the Dalmatian Coast and is bookended by stays in Zadar and Dubrovnik. It also includes a brilliant boat trip to Hvar and Brac (pictured), and a visit to Krka National Park.

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Safe Solo Travel: 10 Tips & Advice For Traveling Solo

  • Have an emergency plan: Carry a first-aid kit, backup power sources, and emergency contacts. Be prepared for worst-case scenarios.
  • Plan an itinerary and start the day early: Plan activities to make the most of the time and leave room for unexpected discoveries. Starting early ensures safety and flexibility.
  • Trust instincts and avoid reckless behaviors: Listen to one's gut feeling and stay away from risky actions. Trusting strangers easily and ignoring local customs can lead to trouble.

Of all the things to know about digital nomads and recreational jet-setters who travel the world, one common denominator is that they all started as complete newbies at one point. Moreover, most will tell a tale of their first trip (or their few first few adventures) alone being incredible yet nerve-wracking at the same time — and that's absolutely normal.

It's often that the thought of traveling alone strikes fear and endless questions — every solo traveler can attest to this, no matter how experienced they are. However, overcoming such doubts unfolds the beginning of something magical that many leave to cherish. But how do solo travelers reach the point where they face every adventure with the utmost courage?

Incorporating a few tips that help solo travelers avoid common mistakes is the key to a successful, safe, and memorable trip. Or rather, one that leaves lone adventurers yearning for more. Fortunately, there are safe and affordable destinations perfect for a solo trip , and they are incredible places to put these safety tips for solo travel into practice.

Related: What Is A Digital Nomad? Everything To Know About This Traveling Lifestyle

Have An Emergency Plan

Worst-case scenarios can happen to anyone, regardless of their travel experience. However, they are more frustrating when experienced by solo travelers, as they bear the full weight of the situation alone. A backup plan helps deal with unforeseen circumstances, and a top tip is searching nearby police stations and hospitals in a specific destination for emergency visits.

Better yet, when packing, carry a basic first-aid kit with medicines to cure allergies and other minor medical conditions. Other emergency plans include having:

  • Hard copies or digital scans of travel documents
  • Contact information for a hotel or accommodation
  • Backup power sources for a phone (fully charged power banks are game changers)
  • Alternative transportation options (several numbers of trusted drivers)
  • An up-to-date map of remote areas (this is handy for solo backpackers or those venturing off the beaten path)

While such events are rare, no one is immune to them. It’s better to have plans on how to deal with unpleasant events rather than solve them once they’ve occurred.

Plan An Itinerary And Start The Day Early

After picking a preferred destination, planning an itinerary is the best way to make the most of the limited time. It ensures solo adventures don’t miss out on major sights and activities, which can trigger anxiety. However, one should leave room for unexpected discoveries that enrich the travel experience.

Starting the day early is another incredible tip solo travelers should embrace. Besides allowing for flexibility, it also contributes to safety since adventurers don’t have to navigate unfamiliar streets in the dark.

Carry Some Cash

Although many establishments in well-developed places accept debit, credit cards, and other contactless payments, carrying some cash is a good idea.

This alternative payment method is a reliable backup plan in case of unforeseen circumstances — like when there’s limited ATM access or when some local hotels or transportation modes don’t accept card payments.

Additionally, it’s best to divide money into several stashes and store them separately rather than keep everything in one place. The pain of losing a few bucks is bearable instead of it all!

Enjoy Your Own Company, But Be Open To Socialize With Others

Sitting alone in a restaurant or attending an event doesn't have to be awkward. Sure, it feels strange at first, but solo travelers can make the experience enjoyable by incorporating several tricks. It could be visiting a restaurant or a public space during off-peak hours, bringing a book to read or a notebook to write in, or choosing places that don’t heighten the feeling of self-consciousness.

Most importantly, vacationers shouldn’t shy away from meeting and socializing with other travelers or locals. Some of the most beautiful experiences happen once people leave their comfort zones. That said, it's crucial to keep one's wits about them; it's important not to simply trust just anyone or gallivant off with strangers. Sticking to populated public spaces when socializing and meeting new friends (like restaurants and cafes) is a safer bet.

Striking a balance of self-discovery and connecting with others isn’t something one can hack with their first trip, but it becomes easier with time. Also, solo tourists are not obligated to interact with others since the process should be natural.

Related: 10 Essential Tips For Solo Travel In The Caribbean

Invest In Travel Insurance

There are various reasons why it’s smart to have travel insurance . While it’s one thing most vacationers are unsure whether they need or not, it’s better to be insured on a trip because anything can go wrong. After all, one may lose their valuables or twist an ankle when hiking some of the best trails in the US .

However, travel insurance policies differ, as they protect tourists from different unexpected circumstances.

Don’t know how to settle for the right insurance company? Learn what to consider when choosing travel insurance for that big solo trip.

Make Photography A Mission And Carry A Tripod

The lack of photographic memories can leave gaps in one’s travel adventures and, worst of all, regrets. Solo travelers should make capturing every moment a mission and do it with pride to create the perfect narrative of their escapades.

However, when it comes to taking photos, asking a stranger can be a hit or miss, as they may fail to understand how to take shots of a person's best angles (or there's always that nagging fear of having one's camera or smartphone stolen — probably not likely, but it does happen). It’s even hard for solo introverts who feel anxious interacting with others in the first place.

As such, carrying a tripod comes in handy since it allows lone travelers to capture their travel experience independently and creatively.

Share Travel Plans With Trusted Family Members Or Friends

Although traveling solo creates a sense of independence, keeping trusted family members or friends in the loop is vital. This is also one of the numerous safety tips for solo female hikers yearning for their first trip, as it gives people an idea of where to start in case of an emergency or unexpected situation.

Fortunately, most places have public Wi-Fi, so sending a quick “Hey, I’m safe” message on WhatsApp or email is easy. A local pre-paid SIM card or a mobile app that allows loved ones to communicate or track solo travelers when in remote areas also comes in handy.

Related: These Are The 10 Safest Caribbean Islands for Solo Female Travelers

Trust Your Instincts And Avoid Engaging In Reckless Behaviors

Ever had a feeling that a situation or a certain unpleasant encounter with someone could happen? Well, a solo traveler’s instinct is the first line of defense when it comes to personal safety. Gut feelings can help lone tourists avoid potential dangers or take calculated chances.

Additionally, tourists should avoid engaging in reckless behaviors that could land them in trouble, even when in countries deemed the safest for solo travelers .

Reckless and risky actions when traveling involve drinking too much, leaving drinks on the table with strangers (or letting strangers handle one's drink), ignoring local customs, leaving personal belongings unattended, and trusting strangers easily.

Related: 10 Reasons Why This Less Visited Country In Europe Is Perfect For Solo Travelers

Start With Smaller Trips Before Embarking On Those Far From Home

Solo travels boost confidence, but aspiring tourists have to start small to help them tackle more extensive adventures. Weekend city breaks, solo dates, and mini vacations are the stepping stones to the future of bigger trips.

Taking trips within the city limits is also a great way to feel confident around people since it’s easy to find those speaking the same language. For example, travelers whose home base is in America may start out with epic solo travel destinations in the US before venturing off to the other side of the world. With time, adventurers start feeling safer and easier to navigate international journeys.

Do Through Research About Each Destination And Your Hotels/Hostels

This should always be a top tip for solo travelers, as the destination or accommodation chosen can make or break a travel experience! A little research to understand safe neighborhoods, areas to be aware of potential risks, and attractions that fit one’s interests ensures solo tourists don’t run into unpleasant moments.

When choosing an accommodation, individuals should pick hotels, Airbnb, or hostels based on reviews from past solo travelers. Each of these accommodations has its pros and cons, so it’s up to travelers to choose one based on their preferences. For instance, hostels are easy to meet and mingle with other solo nomads, but they can be crowded and have security concerns.

There are also plenty of dos and don'ts when staying in a hostel in order to avoid problems and ensure an excellent trip, from proper communication with the staff and learning to share living spaces with other travelers to being a tidy and considerate hostel guest.

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Demi Moore on Full Frontal Nudity With Margaret Qualley in ‘The Substance’: ‘A Very Vulnerable Experience’ but I Had a ‘Great Partner Who I Felt Very Safe With’

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Demi Moore and her dog Pilaf attend a photocall at the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Carlton Cannes Hotel on May 19, 2024 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Demi Moore ‘s new film, the feminist body horror “ The Substance ,” sees her bare it all, with several scenes featuring full nudity. At the Cannes Film Festival press conference for the film on Monday, the 61-year-old actor discussed the “vulnerable experience.”

“Going into it, it was really spelled out — the level of vulnerability and rawness that was really required to tell the story,” Moore said. “And it was a very vulnerable experience and just required a lot of sensitivity and a lot of conversation about what we were trying to accomplish.”

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“I had someone who was a great partner who I felt very safe with. We obviously were quite close  — naked — and we also got a lot of levity in those moments at how absurd those certain situations were,” she said. “But ultimately. it’s just about really directing your communication and mutual trust.”

As the film progresses, Moore becomes horribly disfigured thanks to the abuse her other half Qualley is inflicting on her. By the film’s last act, she quite resembles Anjelica Huston from the 1990 film “The Witches,” after she transforms into a humpback abomination.

Dennis Quaid also stars in the film as an “asshole,” as he described his character during the presser. The late Ray Liotta was meant to have the role before his passing in May 2022, and Quaid dedicated his performance to him.

“In my heart, I dedicated this role to Ray Liotta, who was set to play it,” Quaid said. “It was this week, two years ago that he passed, so I’d like to remember him. He was such an incredible actor.”

Cannes went wild for “The Substance” at its premiere on Sunday night, giving the film an 11-minute standing ovation , the longest of the fest so far.

In an interview with Variety , the French director discussed the film’s feminist themes, saying that body horror is “the perfect vehicle to express the violence all these women’s issues are about.”

With an undercurrent of #MeToo at this year’s festival as the movement grows in France, Fargeat hopes the film will shine even more light on the issue. “It’s a little stone in the huge wall we still have to build regarding this issue, and to be honest, I hope my film will also be one of the stones of that wall. That’s really what I intended to do with it.”

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I've Solo Traveled in 65 Countries, and These Are the 10 Amazon Safety Items I Keep in My Carry-on — From $9

Thousands of other travelers rely on them, too.

Travel + Leisure / Francesca Fasciglione

I know some women can’t fathom traveling solo. But for me, it was always a given. Granted, I grew up watching “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” If you’ve never seen it, it’s kind of like the OG “Dora the Explorer.” As silly as the cartoon was, I credit it for inspiring me to pursue a career as a travel writer. Since 2015, I’ve traveled solo to at least 65 countries, ( see my top five favorite countries here ). I’ve even lived abroad alone — at least long enough to need a haircut or teeth cleaning — on four different continents.

While I haven’t always escaped unscathed, I don’t plan on putting the kibosh on flying solo anytime soon. For me, the rewards still far outweigh the risks. That said, I’ve definitely learned to pack smarter, especially after I was the victim of a mugging in South Africa last year. Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time interviewing law enforcement, both in the U.S. and abroad, and other victims. I’ve also gone down the rabbit hole of researching safety products. The surprising result? Instead of feeling more afraid, I feel more empowered. 

The best part is that most of these products created to make solo travel safer cost less than $30 and are TSA-approved for your carry-on. Some are designed for personal safety, others are designed to protect your belongings, even before you get to your destination ( in-flight theft is a thing , as evident by this recent viral Reddit post ). Disclaimer: These products aren’t foolproof, but they are serious deterrents and provide valuable peace of mind. I don’t think solo travel is for everyone. But if you’re about to embark on an adventure with just you, yourself, and you, please consider packing any of the 10 products below. 

She’s Birdie The Original Personal Safety Alarm 

My friend Sonja, who often runs and cycles alone, first introduced me to this little, potentially life-saving, alarm . With more than 4,000 sold in the last month, it’s an Amazon’s #1 bestseller. To activate the alarm, simply pull the pin. To turn the alarm off, just reinsert the pin. I can say firsthand that perpetrators hate anything that draws attention to them. My mugger ran away the second I started screaming, and my friend, who’s a safety expert, says alarms are actually more effective than pepper spray. Plus, this alarm includes a flashing strobe light. Shoppers love that it’s stylish (it comes in cute colors and looks like an iPod Shuffle) and that it attaches to almost anything via keychain.“The noise level is really good, actually it's somewhat piercing,” writes one shopper , who got theirs for vacation security and loves how lightweight it is. 

SABRE Personal Safety Kit 

While I love the Birdie, I personally carry SABRE’s alarm because it has a larger range (1,250 feet versus 100 feet). You can buy just the alarm ($12), but I recommend buying this kit, which has an impressive 4.8-star average rating, because it also comes with this law enforcement-approved SABRE pepper spray . Note: Unlike personal safety alarms, pepper spray is NOT permitted in your carry-on luggage. That said, you can pack up to four ounces in checked baggage as long as it has a safety mechanism to prevent it from discharging. But back to the alarm; this one also has a light and is activated by pulling a pin. One shopper says having it on their keychain is like having “an extra little security blanket.”

Vantamo Rechargeable Personal Alarm 

While the above alarms run on batteries that eventually need replacing, this rechargeable one from Vantamo charges via USB-C cable (included). That said, one charge can last up to a year, so you don’t need to plug it in very often. It also comes with a battery level indicator and double-sided speakers — features most other personal alarms lack. Aesthetically, I think it’s the prettiest personal alarm I’ve seen, and based on reviews I’ve read (it has more than 2,900 five-star ratings), it also gets points for being so loud it will leave your ears ringing. “Great for places you can’t take your pepper spray!” reads one review titled “ Best travel companion .” 

Nightcap The Original Drink Cover Scrunchie

Knock on wood, no one has ever tried to spike my drink, but I do have friends and family members (including men) who have had this happen to them. That’s why I love the idea of this drink cover “scrunchie.” As seen on “Shark Tank,” it’s basically a scrunchie (yes, you can wear it in your hair), that doubles as a straw-compatible cover for your cup. Technically, the reusable cover is stashed in a hidden sanitary pocket in the scrunchie, so you don’t need to worry about germs. You also don’t need to worry about people slipping things into your drink. It has 4.7 stars and more than 6,500 ratings, and more than 1,000 were purchased in the last month alone. “It seamlessly blends style with safety,” writes one shopper , who deemed it a travel essential.

Geekey Multi-tool

I grew up in rural Montana where it’s not uncommon for girls to receive Leatherman multi-tools before they turn 10. Heck, I got my pink one as a first communion gift when I was just 8 years old. Of course, knives aren’t allowed on planes. But if having a multi-tool on your person makes you feel safer, consider this TSA-approved (even for carry-ons) bestseller with more than 5,100 five-star ratings. “It’s easy to carry, always with you, and, trust me, it has all sorts of gadgets that you can use,” sums up one shopper . Another review, titled “ Functional! As a woman I feel comfortable using this tool ,” reads: “[A]ll the guys are like, ‘What cool gadget does she have?’” 

HNHMT Portable Door Lock & Door Stop Alarm

I love that Booking.com has a Travel Proud program , which certifies hotels that have undergone additional training to welcome LGBTQ+ travelers. While I don’t identify as LGBTQ+, I try to book these certified properties because they clearly care about keeping guests comfortable and safe. That said, sometimes I end up in dodgy motels where this portable door lock and door stop alarm are musts. It’s a simple kit that fits most doors. In fact, so many travelers rely on it that more than 3,000 were sold in the last month. “It takes seconds to install … and it’s a very loud alarm,” writes one satisfied shopper , who “slept soundly” knowing that if someone tried to get in the room they’d have time to react and be ready. Note: You don’t need any tools for the lock, but the door stop alarm does require a 9-volt battery (not included). 

BLAVOR Solar Charger Power Bank

In my opinion, having a dead device is actually worse than not even having a device. For that reason, I try to keep all of my electronics — especially my Apple Watch and iPhone, which my friends and family use to track me —  juiced up. This popular power bank (more than 6,000 were sold last month, and it has nearly 30,000 five-star ratings) is compatible with most devices. It’s also wireless, so you don’t need to worry about packing cables, except for the one you use to charge it, and it doubles as a flashlight. But wait, it gets better! It even comes with a compass. “Lightweight but durable” is how one traveler describes it in their rave review, titled “ Important to have .” 

ThunderFit Women’s Silicone Wedding Rings

Yes, fake engagement rings are a thing . They may seem silly; however they can seriously help deter unwanted attention from potential suitors. In the last month alone, I’ve had at least four Uber drivers propose to me. Granted, they lived in developing countries and basically saw me as their ticket to the U.S. (I can’t say I blame them for shooting their shots). I love these particular bands because they’re made of silicone which doesn’t bother my sensitive skin. Plus, they don’t have a gemstone that snags on things. “These fit great and were very comfortable and durable,” recalls one traveler , dubbing them the “the perfect travel ring.” 

Zpsolution Zipper Clip Theft Deterrent

My favorite features of my beloved Cotopaxi Allpa Carry-on are the anti-theft loops for the zippers. Still, most luggage doesn’t come with this built-in security. Fortunately, for just $13, you can make practically any pack or purse unattractive to pickpockets. With more than 2,000 bought last month, these handy theft-deterrent zipper clips are ranked #1 on Amazon’s list of Best Sellers in Zippers . “They were easy to use and I felt my purse and backpack were more secure,” writes one shopper , who used theirs on a recent trip to Europe. And while they work best with double zippers (so you can lock them together), they can also attach to other things. “I simply attached the clasp to my purse zipper and secured it to the strap,” explains another traveler , having used theirs on a recent trip to Italy after they fell victim to a pickpocket in France. 

Travelambo RFID-blocking Leather Clutch 

There are tons of worthwhile RFID-blocking wallets out there, but I love that this one is actually a clutch. In addition to a zippered pocket for coins and cash, it has a phone slot, 25 credit card slots, a receipt slot (gotta keep those receipts for business expenses), and two clear ID windows. All of the contents are protected by an aluminum-embroidered lining that blocks RFID signals. And don’t let the low price fool you. This sleek leather accessory is handmade by a “team of 15 experienced craftsmen.” It has nearly 15,000 five-star ratings, and comes in 20 colors. “I will definitely order this again, but unfortunately, it looks like that won’t be for quite some time,” jokes one “wallet snob,” who praised its durability and said it passed their 32-point inspection process. 

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    This story isn't too uncommon in London as pickpocketers are always on the lookout for unassuming Londoners and tourists. Keep your belongings out of easily reachable places (like your pocket) and always be on alert of anyone getting too close, especially if they're in a group. 2. Don't Drink Too Much Alone .

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    Safety Tips for London. Solo female travel in London is linked with safety. No worries, though. Over all, London is a pretty safe city for its size. I've already shared a ton of London solo travel safety tips on this blog, and ultimately, if you use a bit of common sense, you shouldn't have any issues traveling alone in London.

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    Solo travel for women carries its own set of precautions, however, London is generally a safe place for solo female travel. The best practice as a solo female traveler in London is to take steps like planning your route or avoiding walking alone at night where possible.

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    Top tips for staying safe as a female solo traveller. 1. Stick to busy and well-known areas. London is a busy city. Chances are, you'll be surrounded by people twenty-four hours a day if you stick to the right areas. Stay on the main roads, busy and well-known places if you're walking alone.

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    Overall Safety Index for London: 8.3/10. Based on the scores assigned to each risk factor for London, the Overall Safety Index for solo female travelers is approximately 8.3/10. This suggests a high level of overall safety, with most factors rated as safe or low risk. There are, however, moderate risks associated with pickpocketing and mugging.

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    Is London safe for solo travel? Find out the safest areas in London and how to prevent pickpockets with these London safety tips from a pro! ... Is London Safe for Solo Female Travellers? 10 Safety Tips. By Nina Clapperton October 21, 2021 November 11, 2023 Updated on November 11, 2023. Table of Contents

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    The answer to this question is yes! London is safe for solo female travellers. London is one of the safest cities in the world for solo travellers. This is always the first question a lot of solo travellers ask themselves when travelling to The Big Smoke. While travelling to London alone may be daunting, you don't have to begin the trip blindly.

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    London is generally safe and respectful towards solo female travelers. Like any major city, occasional cases of street harassment can occur but they are not the norm. It is still advised to take necessary precautions, especially when traveling at night or in less crowded areas. Overall, the atmosphere is predominantly welcoming, making the city ...

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    London is generally considered to be a safe place for solo female travelers, but with a population of almost 9 million people, it can feel fast-paced and quite overwhelming at first. If you speak English, communicating with locals and getting around will be a breeze, and London is so multi-cultural that you could be a local no matter where you ...

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    17. Smell the flowers in Columbia Road Market. Columbia Road Flower Market, London. Visiting at least one market is a good use of time during your solo trip to London. There are so many to choose from: Portobello Market, Brick Lane Market , Old Spitalfields and Borough Market to name but a few.

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    41 things to do along the Brighton seafront. 8. Parks Aren't Lit at Night. London is typically a very safe city for solo travellers, but there is one exception to that: the city parks during the night. I know this is an odd tip to have in a post about solo travel in London, but I think it is an important one.

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    London is generally a safe city for solo travelers, but it's still important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions. One of the best things you can do is trust your instincts - if something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. When traveling at night, stick to well-lit and busy areas, and consider taking a taxi or public ...

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    So to answer your question 'is London safe to travel alone female', then my answer is still, yes, it is. I will give you some extra safety tips in a bit. 7. Try something new. When traveling to London alone female, you should think about new things to try. Everyone is recommending the same places to visit, even us.

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    Is London Safe for Solo Travelers? Lone travelers and backpackers embarking on Euro trips nearly always make an obligatory stop in the U.K., and traveling solo around London carries the same risks as any other big city.In general, the constant crowds mean you'll hardly ever be alone and the biggest threat you should be concerned about is pickpockets.

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    Walk Across a World Famous Bridge. London is home to two of the most famous (and often confusing) bridges in the world: London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Both are free to walk across (although you can pay extra to enter the towers and walkways of Tower Bridge) and both offer gorgeous views along the river.

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    Visiting this site is one of the top things to do in London while traveling solo. "The Queen's House used to be a royal residence in the 17th century," said staffer Ricky. "One can also find many interesting royal artifacts here. It's opposite the National Maritime Museum, and entry to both places is free of charge.".

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    When making a solo trip to London, follow the following tips: Check in with your friends and family. Provide them with details around where you're staying and what your plans are for the day. Ask your hotel concierge if the neighborhood is safe to walk alone at night. When in doubt, order a ride.

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    Recommendations include YHA London Oxford Street (budget), Z Hotel Gloucester Place (moderately priced), and The Marylebone Hotel (more luxury). Bloomsbury This is a literary center in London. Think the Bloomsbury Group. There are welcoming squares to sit and people-watch, the British Museum, and great coffee shops.

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    London is a safe place for travelling as a solo woman traveler. I did it many times. The food is good as you get to discover many cuisines from around the world. I would advise to stay within central London (zone1) in order to not spend too much on the transport as it is expensive especially during peak hours. Posted: April 17, 2024

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    This place is super posh and filled with dogs. Avoid: Westfield: there are 2 and they are giant souless malls where Londoners go to die. The City of London: in the middle of London is "The City of London" which is the old financial district. Not worth visiting unless you're a Russian oligarch trying to hide money.

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    2.Local pubs are great places to eat inexpensively. 3. Be careful anyway - if you are in an unfamiliar area it is best not to wear headphones and to look carefully around. These were a few of my personal tips. I can recommend a guide with other recommendations for solo travel regardless of location.

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