My Complete Solo Traveller's Guide to Lovely London

April 09, 2021 by


Walk along the Thames to see the best London attractions
If you're wondering where to go alone in London, here are several ideas. On my first day in London I ended up walking from my hostel near Tower Bridge to Oxford Street. It was a lot of steps, but I passed so many beautiful London attractions on the way. Firstly, there's Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. I haven't been to the Tower of London yet, but I've heard it's worthwhile. Then there's St Paul's Cathedral before you make it to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. It was pretty quiet until I got to Big Ben, which is always overflowing with tourists. Don't forget Westminster Abbey either.
See the Queen at Buckingham Palace
Can you even say you've been to London if you don't visit Buckingham Palace? It's fortunately located in central London, so there are other things to see and do nearby. If you happen to visit in autumn like me, don't miss seeing all the falling leaves in St James' Park and Green Park. It's magical!
Wander through Central London
There are so many cool places to visit and amazing things to do alone in London's central area. This includes Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus' bright TV screens, Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Neals Yard. I recommend taking your time to wander, take photos, pop into shops and eat of course!
Visit one of London's many free museums
One of the best free things to do in London by yourself is to visit one of the city's many free museums. On my recent visit to London, I finally visited three: the National History Museum, The British Museum and The Victoria & Albert Museum. The British Museum focuses a lot on ancient history, which isn't my personal favourite. However, The V&A Museum is the world's leading museum of art and design, and I loved its art-related exhibitions.
Visit Notting Hill Another one of the best free things to do alone in London is a stroll through its beautiful suburbs, like Notting Hill. An inner-London neighbourhood, Notting Hill is known for its colourful terrace houses. Some of the best streets to visit include Westbourne Grove, Lancaster Road and St Luke's Mews. I visited Notting Hill for the Portobello Road Market, which is very crowded.
Go for a stroll through Hyde Park
Hyde Park is a huge park in the middle of London. I've personally spent time there sitting and reading my book by The Serpentine (the lake) and visiting Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. It's close to so many London attractions I've already mentioned, like Kensington Palace, Harrods, Buckingham Palace and even Oxford Street. Don't miss a peaceful walk through Hyde Park on your solo trip to London - it's one of the best places to be alone in London.