Keep reading to check out tips for travelling alone to London.
More and more of us every year are choosing to travel alone … and for good reason. There is a big wide world out there waiting to be explored and if you’re like me, you don’t want to wait for someone to do that with. If you’re travelling alone to London, firstly, that’s great! London is one of the most friendliest solo travel destinations in my opinion. There is so much to see and do here on your own you’re sure to have an amazing time.
Here are a few very interesting solo travel statistics from condorferries.co.uk.
- 131% increase in the number of Google searches online for ‘solo travel’ between 2016 and 2019.
- One in six people (15%) of us have already taken a holiday alone.
- Single travellers make up 11% of the overall travel market.
- 42% increase in solo traveller bookings over the last two years.
- #solotravel is currently associated with more than 5.2 million posts on Instagram.
- 26% of those travelling alone sited the reason to simply be by themselves and explore new places.
- 59% of solo travellers go alone because they want to experience the world without waiting for someone.
While travelling alone is GREAT, you still need to keep your wits about you and make sure you’re as safe and as comfortable as possible at all times. I’ve listed out 21 tips for travelling alone in London that you’ll want to read before you head on over to this amazing city. When you’re done with that head over and check out my list of 50 fun things to do in London alone.
1. Don’t be nervous
You may be pretty nervous about starting your solo travel to London … but don’t be. London is one the best places to travel alone and thousands of people do it every year. London is very friendly for solo travellers and there is so much to see and do in London by yourself that you will wonder why you didn’t do it before. Check out my list of awesome things to do on your own in London. I also have a blog on 100 free things to do in London, as well as a blog on tips for visiting London on a budget.
2. Seek out ‘solo’ friendly eateries
Even for the most confident people, sitting down and eating alone is something people feel uncomfortable with when travelling alone. London has so many solo friendly food places to eat at you won’t need to worry about that. Check them all out here.
3. Be confident!
Own it! You’ve been brave enough to travel alone which is amazing. Many people don’t ever take this step because they are too scared. Well done, you!
4. Check out ‘Meet Up’
Meet Up is an app that organises meet-ups of people with different interests. This can be anything from photography lovers, business networking, solo travellers and party animals. It’s a great way to meet new friends on your solo travels. Check out my list of 15 apps to download when visiting London.
5. Always be aware of your surroundings
Always keep your wits about you. Especially at night. Don’t walk around in the dark with your headphones in and your phone on display.
6. It’s okay to lie
If you are ever approached by anyone asking questions that you are not comfortable giving information on, it’s okay to lie. For example, where are you staying? Are you on your own? Which room number are you in? Better still, if you feel comfortable enough tell them directly and calmly that you are not comfortable talking with the and walk away.
7. If you do feel uncomfortable tell someone
If you do ever feel uncomfortable at any stage during your solo travels please tell someone. Even if it’s just the hotel reception, they will be able to direct you to the right person.
8. Choose legit accommodation
When booking your accommodation here in London always go through verified hotels and booking sites You don’t want to get here to find you’ve been scammed out of money or even worse put in a dangerous situation. Always check reviews and do your research.
9. Do your homework
It’s very important before you visit London to do your research on which areas are safer than others, especially when choosing your accommodation.
10. Bring a portable Phone charger
Bring a portable phone charger and keep it on you at all times so you are never in the situation where your phone has died and you can’t get hold of anyone if you need to. Lots of suggestions on my London packing list.
11. Don’t accept drinks from strangers
While it may just be a nice gesture, you just have to be careful.
12. Share your location if you’re in an uber
If you’re getting an Uber anywhere, there is a nifty little function that allows you to share your journey so the receiver can see where you are at all times.
13. Plan your journey
Going out? Plan how you are going to get there and back. Check train and tube times ahead of time to make sure you don’t miss them.
14. Stick to open, public, well-lit spaces
While we all like to explore off the beaten tracks, please be mindful of where you are and try and stick to public spaces if possible. It might save you 5 minutes but please don’t walk down the dark alleyway if you’re not familiar with where you are or if it’s very quiet.
15. Don’t bring valuables if you can help it
If you can help it don’t bring any valuables with you. However, I imagine you’ll want to bring a camera, passport and/or a laptop to keep in touch with friends. Just make sure your accommodation has suitable places to lock these things up when you go out.
16. Download apps you need
Even though you are a tourist, you probably don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb. Check out my list of apps to help you have the most organised and safe trip as possible right here.
17. Try and tell someone your daily plan
If you have a friend or family member you can get in contact with, tell them what you plan for the day just to be on the safe side. Always better to be safe than sorry.
18. Bring reading material and a guide book
A book is a great companion to a solo traveller for those lazy days in the park or while you’re in a restaurant. A guide book is also a great option to help you on your travels. Check out lots of guide book options here.
19. Don’t feel obliged to stay in a hostel
Just because you’re a solo traveller doesn’t mean you need to stay in a hostel, especially if you’re not comfortable with sleeping arrangements. They will probably be more expensive than a hotel, however, so keep that in mind.
20. Always have a money back up plan
In the unfortunate event that something happens to your financial situation such as an unexpected cost, a scam or a robbery you’ll want to have a plan of what happens next.
21. Don’t get too intoxicated
While we all want to go out and have fun, as a solo traveller you always need to keep your wits about you. Be sensible.
I hope you enjoyed 21 tips for travelling alone to London.
Before you go, did you know I have a list of 50 Awesome Things To Do in London for you to download and keep for your next trip or day out in London. Check it out below!