Want an unforgettable solo trip in London? Here’s how.

If you’ve not been to London before, you might think that it’s not a place you can solo travel. However, that is just not true! London is one of the best cities in the world for solo travel. The transport links make it super easy to navigate, the vast variety of things to do will keep you so busy and on top of that, it’s so easy to do on a budget too! So, what are you waiting for?

We’re going to give you 7 ideas of things to do to help you plan your solo trip and make it unforgettable.

1. A great way to start your trip is with a free walking tour. There are so many to choose from and some of them will really help you get your bearings for the rest of your trip. We recommend joining a Royal Tour of Westminster, City of London Tour or even a Pub Walking Tour where you’ll be taken to several pubs and get a true London experience.

If you fancy something with a bit more magic, then enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter and take a tour to see iconic streets and buildings that inspired JK Rowling. Or perhaps you want to hear about the darker side of London, by joining a London Ghost tour or even head to Whitechapel where you’ll visit the locations of the shocking murders by Jack the Ripper.

There are many tours across London, we recommend booking through Strawberry Tours or Wonders of London.

2. Borough Market is a great place to pick up some of London’s best street food. The food market is open Wednesday – Saturday (although it’s open 7 days a week during the month of December) and it’s such fun to walk through the crowds, sampling food from different stalls as you wander through. The bustling market was established in 1756 and originally supplied south London’s greengrocers. Nowadays, the market serves hungry Londoners and is an iconic place for travellers to visit.

3. The London Eye takes roughly 30 minutes to go around and is a relaxing way to take in the views of London. Although not technically a ferris wheel, it is in fact Europe’s largest wheel and when it was built two decades ago it was actually the largest wheel in the world.

The London Eye is the most popular attraction in London, attracting over 3.5 million visitors each year, so it’s well worth booking your ticket in advance. Book through the official London Eye website to nab yourself a discounted ticket from £27.00. If you’re travelling in with a new friend from your hostel and have a National Rail ticket, you can often get 2 for 1 tickets – even cheaper!

4.Embrace royalty and begin your day with a tour of The Queen’s official London residence, Buckingham Palace. You’ll see the magnificent grand staircase, masterpieces by famous painters such as Vermeer, Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Poussin (also the incredible portraits of past and present royals, including Queen Victoria and George III) and also the lavishly decorated Throne Room, where you’ll see the pair of throne chairs that were used for the coronation ceremony of The Queen in 1953. Another highlight whilst at the palace will be to see the Changing the Guard ceremony, which usually occurs at 11am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

After your tour at the palace, indulge in a delicious afternoon tea. There are many cafés nearby the palace such as The English Rose and The Tea Terrace Restaurant & Tea Room. You can then take a leisurely stroll around St James’s Park Lake, just in front of Buckingham Palace.

5.London is fortunate to offer free entry to many galleries and museums. Make the most of this and head to one of the free locations we mention here.

  • The British Museum, the world’s oldest national public museum, where you’ll see art & culture from prehistoric to modern times and explore humanity’s history.
  • The National Gallery, where you’ll see masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance by Titian, Correggio and Raphael, works by the French Impressionists and post-Impressionists, as well as works from the 17th-century Old Masters.
  • V&A Museum of Childhood, this museum houses the world’s best collections of children’s toys, doll houses and games.
  • Imperial War Museum, where you’ll see examples of the machinery of war, manuscripts of war literature and also an important collection of art, some of which was commissioned during WWI and WWII.

Some other free galleries & museums to note are:

  • National Maritime Museum
  • Tate Modern
  • Design Museum
  • National History Museum
  • Tate Britain
  • Science Museum
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Museum of London Docklands
  • Wallace Collection

6.Brick Lane is in the heart of London’s East End and is famous for its eclectic mix of curry restaurants, bagel shops, street-food stalls, lively bars and vintage shopping. Whilst wandering around you’ll see vibrant street art as well as talented street musicians.
There are many markets in Brick Lane, including the Vintage Market which is held inside the Old Truman Brewery, and the Sunday Market which is an outdoor market with stalls selling food, drinks, furniture, vintage and much more.

Whilst you’re in the area, you may also want to visit The Old Spitalfields Market which is about a 5-minute walk away from Brick Lane. You’ll find food stalls, art & crafts stall as well as restaurants.

7.Kew Gardens is one of the most interesting green spaces in London. Dating back to the early 18th century as a royal palace, it is now a world-renowned scientific institution for plant and fungal research and it has one of the world’s largest diverse plant collections in the world.

Some of the best parts to explore at Kew (we believe!), are The Palm House, The Treetop Walk and the Japanese landscaped garden. Kew also has an incredible and unique collection of botanical artwork that captures exquisite scientific detail (so it’s well worth a look!).

(Please note, we do not receive any commission for the recommendations listed here. These are our personal recommendations.)

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