Guest post by Scott Harrison
London is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year. It is a city that has the perfect character for solo travelers – an alternative, buzzing, vibrant place with none of the romantic overtones of somewhere like Paris or Milan, and, despite the stereotypes, a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It is a place for people comfortable being on their own surrounded by thousands of people and offers a great many attractions and experiences for anyone willing to dive into the rich history and cultural diversity of the city.
One of the best things about solo travel is having the freedom to make your own itinerary and explore the city at your own pace, allowing you to get a unique personal experience of your destination. London is the perfect city for this sort of travel, with so many interesting things and fascinating stories tucked around every corner that no two London experiences are ever quite the same.
So whether you’ve jumped on an unplanned cruise to the UK or are visiting London as part of a wider European adventure, here are some of the best things to see and do in London for solo travelers, along with a few recommendations for places to stay and eat.
One of the best things about solo travel is that you have the freedom to make your own itinerary, explore the city at your own pace, and experience the city in a unique way. Here are some of the best things to do and see in London for solo travelers, along with some recommendations for places to stay and eat.
No visit to London would be complete without a visit to the iconic landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Tower of London.
But don’t miss out on London’s greatest tourist attraction – its free museums. From the British Museum to the Victoria and Albert Museum, via the dazzling Science Museum and the quirky Soane Museum, London’s rich history and culture are best explored via its museums, and a day discovering amazing exhibitions is perfect for a solo traveler.
It is also worth exploring London’s parks and green spaces. Hyde Park, St James Park, and Hampstead Heath all present different interpretations of urban green space, and a day spent wandering through the leafy environs of these superb spots is one that will delight and entertain.
One of the best things for a solo traveler to London to do is just explore the different neighborhoods that the city has to offer. Discover amazing Indian food, incredible craft markets, and dazzling nightlife in Brick Lane, Spitalfields, and Shoreditch. Cozy up to history and culture in historic Covent Garden, or wander down the length of Portobello Market for an amazing antique and bric-a-brac experience.
While British food was once a byword for blandness, these days London is a world culinary capital. You can try traditional British cuisine like fish and chips or pie and mash, or experience the extraordinary diversity of the city through restaurants from all around the world. And if you have the budget, don’t miss the chance to try food from some of the best chefs on the planet, like Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay.
London is brilliantly stocked with accommodation that is perfect for solo travelers, from lively, budget-friendly hostels to chic boutique hotels and classic bed and breakfasts. St Christoper’s Inn is a good option for shoestring travelers, while options like the Ace Hotel are less friendly on the wallet but offer a touch of luxury that can be just the thing.