London is perfect for the single traveller. Warm, welcoming and with plenty to do, it’s the ideal city for going solo.
If you’re visiting London by yourself this year, then you’ve got plenty to look forward to! England’s capital city has so much to offer solo travellers, from culinary adventures to some incredible culture. So if you’re a little overwhelmed by the choice that’s on offer, then worry no more! We’ve put together the definitive guide to having fun by yourself in London.
London’s probably got one of the most famous food scenes in the world. From pie and mash to a curry, the capital’s huge melting pot of cultures means that there’s something for everyone to enjoy. A supper club is a great way to try out some new dishes and make new friends. If you want to keep yourself to yourself, then grab some food while taking a look around one of London’s many markets. Borough Market has the biggest selection of food stalls in the capital, while Brick Lane Market is a great place to pick up a curry – arguably the national dish.
If you want to learn more about the city, then why not try a self-guided tour? There are some great suggestions out there, from pub walks to tours of the city’s royal residences and landmarks. Of course, you could make up your own London tour. How about putting together one that includes locations from your favourite book or film? You can even borrow a dog to take with you for company – yes, really!
If you’ve been planning your trip for a long time, then why not push the boat out for at least one evening? London boasts some of the best hotels in the world, from Claridge’s to The Ritz. A night spent at any of the city’s five star hotels will add a little bit of luxury to your stay. Of course, you do not need to spend the whole evening alone, a quick phone call and you can be mingling with London’s high class society too. After all, it’d be a shame to soak in that big bath and relax in that plush bed all by yourself!
It’d be silly to come to London and not sample some culture. The city is home to many theatres, from the famous ones that line the streets of the West End to quirkier ones like Regent’s Park’s Open Air Theatre. London is of course home to some of the finest galleries and museums in the world. Many of them now have late night openings with talks, performances, workshops, films, DJs and food. Who said that learning had to be boring?!
So, when are you coming?
As you can see, it’s really easy to have a great time in London on your own. A solo trip is the perfect opportunity to reflect and put yourself first for a change. With so much to see and do, London’s the perfect place to revive some old interests and discover some new ones. Whether you’re watching the pennies or blowing the budget, you’ll soon see why this is a city that enchants everyone who visits it. You’ll be planning your next trip before you’ve even left!
Jon is the founder and administrator of Go 2 London, London’s newest online guide for anybody visting England’s capital city. If you are planning a trip to London, check in at Go2London.co.uk today.