THINGS TO DO IN LONDON

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 cost free …

GUIDED AND SELF-GUIDED TOURS * PARKS * RESTAURANTS * DANCE CLASSES * RUM MAKING CLASSES * COOKERY CLASSES * BOROUGH MARKET * SIGHTSEEING * MONARCHY * THEATRE * MUSEUMS * CINEMA * SHOPPING * MUSIC

London Tours

There are a number of different tours available in London.  These include self-guided walking tours, hop-on-hop-off bus tours and a Jack the Ripper tour.

Notting Hill Self Guided Walking Tour, London

London Parks

London has some beautiful parks to visit, some offer additional activities once you are inside the gates.  Hyde Park is just one of the Royal parks in London home to Princess Diana’s Memorial Fountain.  You can also hire boats and pedalos, go for an open water swim, hire a deck chair to soak up the rays or relax by the fountains in the Italian garden.

Restaurants

London’s diverse food scene offer cuisines from all over the world.  Click on the link to read reviews of recommended places to eat in London.

Ikoyi African restaurant

Rum Making Class

If you love rum then this class is for you.  Personalise your own rum by adding your own blend of spices and take a bottle home with you.  You will be given a unique number so that you can re-order it if you wish.

Pre-dinner rum making course

Dance Class

Dance classes are a fun, social, solo activity and there are many to choose from in London.  Click on the link to check out some of the places I have visited and recommend.  Dance styles include Kizomba, Forro, Salsa and Bachata.

A Cookery Lesson

Have you ever thought about going to a cookery school to learn how to cook your favourite cuisine?  Cookery lessons are great solo activities no matter what your age, sex or background.  Cookery lessons are an enjoyable way to learn something new with likeminded people.  Click on the link to schools I have been to so far that I recommend.

Indian Cookery Course

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Indian cookery class

Cheese Making Course

cheese making class - solo activities in london

London Markets

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.

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Pumpkins and squash at Borough Market, London

Sightseeing

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.

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View from Southbank, London

The Monarchy

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.

Tower of London, sightseeing, self guided walking tour
Tower of London

Theatre

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!

Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, Southbank, UK
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Cinema

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.

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Electric Cinema, Notting Hill

London Shopping

Oxford Street and Regent Street are well known for shopping, including the famous Selfridges and Liberty’s.  There are many markets too, popular ones include Portobello Road, Camden and Brick Lane.  Have a look at my self-guided shopping tour for some ideas.

Carnaby Street, London, pedestrianised, shopping

Southbank and Bankside

Walk along London’s Southbank, admire river views, watch street performers, skateboarders or visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  You can take a ride on the London Eye from here too.

Undercroft Skate Park, Southbank, London
Undercroft Skate Park, Southbank

London Museums

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.

V&A, Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum, London Museum, South Kensington
Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington

Music

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.

Suggested Further Reading:

Restaurants in London

Solo Travel Tips

Hotels in London