There are so many things to do in London for solo travellers and not everything costs a lot of money either. In fact some things can be completely free!
There are a number of different tours you can do in London. Some are self-guided walking tours, hop-on-hop-off bus tours and a Jack the Ripper tour, to name a few.
In such a multi-cultural City, it is no wonder there are so many restaurants offering cuisines from all over the world. Read about the ones I have been to so far as a solo traveller.
There are many markets in London. Some specialise in vintage, fashion or antiques for example. If you are a bit of a foodie, then I recommend Borough Market or depending on the time of year, Christmas Markets such as the one in my 2018 blog post.
London offers something for everyone. It is the home of the iconic Westminster Abbey, Big Ben clock tower and St Paul’s Cathedral. It is famous for its red double decker buses, red pillar boxes and red telephone boxes. Some great sightseeing is incorporated into the self-guided walking tours.
If you are a fan of the Royal family, you will enjoy looking at Buckingham Palace, watching the changing of the guards, or viewing the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.
Maybe you are a theatre fan. If so, there are many high quality shows to see in the trendy West End, or Globe Theatre for example. Some of them have been running for years!
There are cinemas all over London. Some are open air or roof top depending on the time of year. But as well the regular Odeon type cinemas there are some independent ones too. These offer different types of movies and some are in quite plush surroundings, like the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill.
Oxford Street and Regent Street are well known for shopping, including the famous Selfridges and Liberty’s. There are many markets around as well such as Portobello Road, Camden and Brick Lane. You could read my self-guided shopping tour for some ideas of where to go!
I can’t resist a walk along Southbank where you can admire river views, watch the street performers, the skateboarders or visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. You can take a ride on the London Eye from here too.
There are many museums in London and a lot of them offer free admission, though donations are welcomed. Some museums run certain exhibits for a limited time only and there may be a charge to enter these. However, there will be plenty to look at that won’t cost you anything at all. Popular museums include the Victoria & Albert Museum (decorative art & design), The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.
If music is your thing, there are live bands, concerts, festivals and local gigs all over the City. Some of them are free and others you will need to research and book in advance.