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.
London has some beautiful parks to visit, some with activities to do 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.
In such a multi-cultural City, it is no wonder there are so many restaurants offering cuisines from all over the world. Click on the link to read reviews of recommended places to eat in London.
If you love rum then this class is for you. Personalise your own rum by adding your choice 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.
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.
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.
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.
Suggested Further Reading:
Restaurants in London – reviews and recommendations for solo dining
Hotels in London – hotels I have enjoyed as a solo traveller