Last Updated on 27 November, 2023
Exploring London on your own can be a thrilling adventure, offering the freedom to immerse yourself in the city’s diverse culture and attractions.
As a solo traveler myself, I have explored Tunisia, UAE, Hong Kong, Australia, many parts of Italy, the USA and beyond, I’ve compiled a list of solo activities and fun things to do in London by yourself.
Before delving into the exciting options, here are some essential tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable solo journey.
Tips For Traveling Alone In London
- Beware of Pickpockets: London, like any major city, has its share of pickpockets. Be vigilant, especially in crowded areas and on public transport.
- Avoid Secluded Areas: It’s best to stay away from poorly lit or deserted areas, particularly at night.
- Exercise Caution in Parks: While London’s parks are beautiful, avoid walking through them late at night when they can be less populated.
- Document Copies: Keep digital and hard copies of essential documents in your hotel safe. This includes your passport, ID, and travel insurance details.
- Use Registered Taxis: Only use licensed taxis and rideshare services for transportation.
- Guard Your Belongings: Keep an eye on your belongings at all times, especially in crowded places.
Fun Things To Do In London By Yourself
Now that you’re well-prepared for your solo adventure, let’s explore the exciting things to do in London on your own.
Explore London Museums and Galleries
London boasts a plethora of world-class museums, and the best part is that many of them offer free entry to their permanent collections.
You can spend hours wandering through the British Museum, the National Gallery, or the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern admiring art and artifacts from around the world.
On the blog I have covered museums in Covent Garden, in Kensington as well as free museums and galleries in London so check those posts out for more details.
Oxford Street: Go Shopping On London’s Famous Shopping Streets
Indulge in retail therapy on Oxford Street, one of London’s most iconic shopping destinations. With numerous flagship stores and boutiques, you can shop for fashion, accessories, and souvenirs. It’s a solo shopper’s paradise.
See The Crown Jewels At Tower of London
For a taste of British history, head to the Tower of London and witness the dazzling Crown Jewels. Explore the tower’s medieval architecture and learn about its storied past. While you are in this area of London I have tips on things to do in London Bridge.
Explore Vibrant Shoreditch
Shoreditch is a hub of creativity and innovation. Wander through its vibrant streets adorned with street art, visit quirky shops, and enjoy the eclectic food scene. Don’t forget to snap a selfie in front of the famous “Shoreditch” sign. I have covered things to do in Shoreditch both during the day and night time in Shoreditch.
Go To A Fancy Cinema Alone
Enjoy a cinematic experience at one of London’s luxurious cinemas. Venues like the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill or Everyman Cinema in Borough Yards offer plush seating and a unique atmosphere, perfect for solo moviegoers.
Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral
Climb to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral’s dome for breathtaking views of London. Explore the stunning interior, including the Whispering Gallery and the crypt. While you are here be sure to make a quick stop at Madison Bar for some of the best views of St Pauls Cathedral. You can buy tickets in advance on Viator or Get Your Guide.
People Watching In Trafalgar Square
Grab a coffee and a prime spot in Trafalgar Square for some excellent people-watching. Admire the fountains, take a selfie with the lions, feed the pigeons (if that’s your thing), and soak in the lively atmosphere.
See A West End Show
London’s West End is renowned for its world-class theater productions. Treat yourself to a solo night out at the theatre and enjoy a spectacular performance. We have listed some of the best musicals in London here.
Chinatown in London is a bustling enclave of Chinese culture and cuisine. Stroll through the colorful streets, sample delicious dim sum, and shop for Asian ingredients and trinkets.
Explore Covent Garden
Ride The Emirates Air Line Cable Cars
Experience London from a different perspective by taking a ride on the Emirates Air Line cable cars. You’ll glide above the River Thames and enjoy stunning vistas.
Have a Spa Day
Pamper yourself with a solo spa day at one of London’s top spas. Unwind with massages, facials, and relaxation in serene settings.
If you want to combine your stay with a spa we have shared some of the best London hotels with spas on the blog as well as a review of our spa day at the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn.
Go for a Cooking Class
Learn to cook a traditional British meal or international cuisine by signing up for a cooking class in London. It’s a fun way to pick up culinary skills and enjoy a delicious meal.
Check out London’s Cutest Mews
London is dotted with charming mews streets that offer a glimpse into the city’s history. Wander through these picturesque lanes and capture their timeless beauty.
Eat Your Way Through Borough Market
Borough Market is a food lover’s paradise. Sample gourmet treats, street food, and fresh produce from local vendors. It’s a great place for solo dining and culinary exploration.
Take A Dance Class
Dance enthusiasts can join a dance class in London. Whether you’re into salsa, ballroom, or hip-hop, there’s a dance style for everyone.
Rent A Bike And Explore London’s Beautiful Parks
Explore London’s green spaces by renting a bike and cycling through parks like Richmond Park or Hampstead Heath.
Take A Self-guided Tour
London is steeped in history, and there are plenty of self-guided tours available. Explore historic neighborhoods, follow literary trails, or embark on a Harry Potter-themed adventure.
Ride The London Eye
Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of London from the iconic London Eye. It’s a fantastic solo activity, and the views are particularly magical at sunset. You can buy tickets in advance on Viator or Get Your Guide.
Walk Along Southbank
Take a leisurely walk along the Southbank of the Thames River, passing by iconic landmarks like the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Buy Yourself Some Flowers at Columbia Road Flower Market
Brighten your Sunday with a bouquet of fresh blooms from Columbia Road Flower Market, a bustling and colorful market.
Go Shopping for Vintage
Take A Selfie With Big Ben
No visit to London is complete without a selfie in front of the iconic Big Ben. Capture this famous landmark while enjoying a leisurely stroll along the Thames.
Visit Buckingham Palace
Witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Queen. It’s a quintessential London experience.
Stroll the Colorful Streets of Notting Hill
Channel your inner Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant as you explore the picturesque streets of Notting Hill. Admire the colorful houses and charming shops.
Have Afternoon Tea On A Bus
Experience a delightful afternoon tea on a traditional London bus while touring the city’s landmarks. It’s a unique and tasty way to sightsee. There are so many offerings for afternoon tea in London. From these affordable afternoon teas to these vegan afternoon teas as well as those that come with amazing views.
Join A Walking Tour
Participate in a guided walking tour to delve deeper into London’s history and hidden gems. There are themed tours covering everything from history to ghost stories.
London has so many walking tours to choose from so there are plenty of options to find exactly what you are interested in.
Visit the Sky Garden for stunning views of London’s skyline. This public garden in the sky offers a tranquil oasis amidst the bustling city. You will have to book a free ticket in advance. If you are unable to secure one there are plenty of new viewpoints in London available now.
Take A River Cruise Along the Thames
Hop on a Thames River cruise for a unique perspective of London’s landmarks, including the Tower Bridge and the Millennium Bridge.
Take an Art Class
Unleash your creativity by enrolling in an art class. London offers various workshops and classes for all skill levels. Some of the most popular art classes are the sip and paint classes.
Ascend The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building, and enjoy 360-degree views of London. It’s a fantastic spot for solo photography enthusiasts.
Take A Day Trip Out of London
Venture beyond London for a day and explore nearby destinations like Oxford, Cambridge, or Windsor, which offer rich history and culture.
There are plenty of options for day trips from London to choose from, read the linked guide for more inspiration.
Grab a Coffee in a Cute Cafe in London
Explore London’s cafe culture by visiting charming coffee shops and sipping on a latte while people-watching. On the blog you can find a list of some of London’s beautiful cafes perfect for your Instagram feed.
Garden At 120
Enjoy the panoramic views at Garden at 120, located on the 15th floor of the iconic 120 Fenchurch Street skyscraper. This is free to visit with no need to book in advance. The only downside is that they don’t open on the weekend.
Solo Picnic In London’s Parks
Visit the historic Greenwich area, home to the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark, and the stunning Greenwich Park with its incredible views of the city.
Explore Little Venice
Discover the picturesque canals of Little Venice in Maida Vale. You can take a canal boat ride or simply enjoy a peaceful stroll by the water.
Explore Camden Market
Camden Market is a vibrant and eclectic hub for shopping, street food, and alternative culture. Wander through its stalls and soak up the lively atmosphere.
Solo Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason
Indulge in the quintessential British tradition of afternoon tea at the historic Fortnum and Mason. It’s an elegant experience designed for solo travelers as well as group travellers.
There you have it, exciting activities and helpful tips, your solo journey in London promising an unforgettable adventure. I hope you explore the vibrant city at your own pace and embrace the freedom of solo travel as much as I do.
Best Hotels For Solo Travellers In London
This one is tricky without knowing your budget. If you are on a budget, I recommend checking out some of the hostels on London Bridge as they are central and within walking distance from many attractions in addition to these affordable hotels in London.
If your budget allows it I have shared some of the best luxury hotels in London or these fun hotels in London with stunning views. You can also read about my stay at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in the Shard.