What You Need to Know About Solo Travel in London

London has such a large appeal that approximately 20 million people make the trip to the English capital every year. Among the many hoards of visitors are solo travelers eager to take in sights and sounds of the Big Smoke. But traveling alone has its its stigma for some which could lead potential visitors to resist taking the plunge and experience solo travel in London. 

Is it safe? What can I do that doesn’t feel like it needs a group to enjoy? Questions like these are understandable, but fear not!

This guide will give you all the tips and suggestions you need to make your solo trip to London a success.

People walking around and exploring London on a budget.
Exploring London solo means you can go at your own pace and see exactly what interests you. Photo credit: Mike Stezycki

Solo travel in London: Navigating safely

We may as well start with the big one: safety. 

Is London a safe city? In a word, yes. In fact in a survey by The Economist, London was ranked as the 15th safest city in the world. But that does come with some caveats.

Being one of the worlds biggest metropolises means that London comes with the typical “common sense warning” that most capitals do. Violent crime is rare, with the biggest problem for tourists being pickpocketing. 

To avoid any trouble, remember to always remain aware of your surroundings (e.g. avoid being too engrossed in Google Maps on your phone or using your headphones as you walk around). Always use reliable transportation, avoid walking in areas with little lighting late at night, and trust your instincts. Remember, if it doesn’t feel right, just leave. 

Aerial view of London and Tower Bridge architecture
Regarding safety, London has the same issues of most large cities. Just make sure to be aware of your surroundings wherever you go. Photo credit: Benjamin Davies

London: A solo traveler’s paradise 

One thing that you don’t need to concern yourself with when it comes to solo travel in London is finding things to do. London has a wealth of activities for solo travelers, from cultural attractions to outdoor adventures. Here are our picks.

Visit museums and galleries 

London is home to some of the world’s most renowned museums and art galleries, like:

As a solo traveler you’ll love being able to take your time to appreciate the art and history at your own pace. Best of all, many of these institutions offer free admission to their permanent collections, allowing you to delve into culture without burning a hole in your wallet. 

People walking inside The British Museum with architecture and blue sky
One of the best museums in London, British Museum is a must-see for any visitor. Photo credit: Nicolas Lysandrou

Enjoy world-class shows

London’s West End is famous for its dazzling array of theaters and world-class productions. The experience of witnessing a mesmerizing performance, such as The Phantom of the Opera or Les Misérables, is enhanced when you can lose yourself in the story without distractions.

In fact, here is where solo in travel in London really pays off, because solo travelers often find it easier to get last-minute tickets or single seats! 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is at the Palace Theater in the West End. Photo credit: Francais a Londres

You can purchase theater tickets any number of ways: online, directly at the theater, or even through your hotel. But if you’re on a budget, check out the TKTS booth in Leicester Square. This little stand is known for offering last-minute deals for London’s West End shows. As a solo traveler who just needs one seat, you’ll definitely be able to see an amazing show.

Insider’s Tip: If you’re a big Harry Potter fan, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is at the Palace Theater in the West End. And if you are a really, really big fan of the Harry Potter books, check out The Making of Harry Potter & London Walking Tour. A local guide will take you to several famous landmarks in central London before visiting the Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studio in London.

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Try delicious street food

If you want to explore  a variety of culinary offerings (and who wouldn’t) London’s vibrant street food scene is a paradise for intrepid solo travelers. 

Street food markets in London like Maltby Street, Brick Lane, Borough, Camden, and the Southbank Centre Food Market serve up dishes from all around the world, ensuring that you can mix and match to your heart’s content. To top it off, you’re not bound by the preferences of companions, so you can freely explore and sample to your heart’s content.

The food stalls inside Camden Markets are among the best in the city, Photo credit: Samuel Regan-Asante

Insider’s Tip: Short on time in London? Use our perfect itinerary for 24 hours in London to make sure you see all of the top sites.

Stroll around local parks 

London is filled with beautiful parks and green spaces, perfect for a solo traveler looking for tranquility amidst the urban hustle and bustle. Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, and Hampstead Heath are ideal places to relax, read a book, or have a picnic. 

Lake at Hyde park with buildings in the background.
Hyde Pak is a wonderful place to get away from the London chaos. Buy a sandwich and hit the grass for a nice break. Photo credit: Simon Hurry

Take a fun and insightful walking tour

Traveling solo is not shorthand for being alone. In fact, as most seasoned travelers know, some of the most enriching interactions and experiences you can have will often happen with strangers you meet on your travels.  

Our recommendation for one of the best ways to flap your social wings is by taking a walking tour. With its storied history, rich culture, and dark secrets, London is one of the best places in the world to let a knowledgeable tour guide show you the city.

People walking on a small bridge with views of St. Paul's Cathedral in London in the background
We adore this view from London’s Millennium Bridge leading to St Paul’s Cathedral. Photo credit: Belinda Fewings

These tours not only provide insightful information but also give you the opportunity to meet fellow travelers and potentially new friends along the way. From visiting the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and enjoying a River Cruise to the ultimate food tour of London’s Borough Market and Southwark, we’ve got you covered.

Solo travel in London gives you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the city on your own terms. So why not come, choose your own adventure, and make some memories that will last a lifetime!

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