Taking yourself on a solo trip might be a dream of yours or it could be something you’ve accidentally found yourself doing.
Some people might think it’s a little strange to travel on your own, but it can have a lot of benefits, even if you’re travelling for work. London has a lot to offer for people travelling solo, whether you’re looking for things to do or just places to eat. If you’re worried you might be lonely on your solo trip to the capital, there are lots of things that you can do to keep yourself occupied and maybe meet some people along the way.
View Being Alone as a Bonus
You might have chosen to travel solo, but maybe it’s something you wouldn’t have chosen to do. You can end up travelling alone through circumstance, maybe for work or perhaps because the people you planned to go with can now no longer go. But even if a solo trip to London wouldn’t have been your first choice, you can still make sure you have an amazing time if you view it as a positive. When you’re on your own, you can do what you want. You get to choose your itinerary, without having to listen to anyone else.
Choose a Luxurious Place to Stay
The right place to stay can make a big difference to your experience in London. If you’re going to be on your own, it’s a great chance to have a big hotel room to yourself. Imagine a room or even a suite just for you at the Dorsett Hotel, Shepherds Bush. You could even get your own serviced apartment or if you want some company, maybe a room in an Airbnb or somewhere similar. Take the opportunity to really treat yourself, from ordering room service to just having some space for yourself.
Take Yourself Out to Eat
If you’ve never eaten out on your own before, it can be a little daunting. But if you’re going to do it for the first time, London is a great place to do it. There are so many places to choose from, with all kinds of cuisine and everything from super casual to Michelin-starred restaurants. If you want to take yourself out for a delicious meal, try somewhere you can grab a little table in a corner or by the window. A little restaurant like Kurumaya, a sushi restaurant near Smithfield, is ideal for grabbing a solo spot.
Take a Self-guided Tour
Walking around a city with others can be annoying. Some people are too slow, others too fast, and some would much rather take the tube. But if you want to see the city at your own pace, going on a walking tour on your own is a good idea. You can just wander around or you can try an audio tour on your phone with an app like TravelStories or VoiceMap.
There’s no need to be lonely if you’re travelling solo in London. Make the most of your trip and enjoy the time you have to yourself.