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 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 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.

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Self-guided walking tour of Notting Hill

London Parks

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.

Italian garden in Hyde Park - things to do in London

Restaurants

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.

Brindisa tapas bar

Rum Making Class

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.

spices chosen to add to my own bottle of rum

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.

dance classes in London

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.

Cheese Making Course

cheese making class

Indian Cookery Course

Photos of London - Indian Cookery Class
Indian cookery class

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 such as the one in my 2018 blog post.

London Markets, Borough Market, Borough, London, UK
Bustling Borough Market

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.

Southbank, London, river, Southbank centre, London aquarium,
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, London, UK, 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 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!

Carnaby Street, Shopping, London
Carnaby Street

Southbank and Bankside

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.

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.

Science Museum, London Museums, South Kensington, London
Science Museum

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 – reviews and recommendations for solo dining

Solo Travel Tips

Hotels in London – hotels I have enjoyed as a solo traveller