Tips and Advice
• When traveling alone, booking tours is the best way to see the city! A red bus city tour and a tour outside the city, visiting England’s countryside, gave me the best of both worlds. I booked my tours through Premium Tours.
• Sightseeing that cannot be missed — Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, Windsor Castle, The London Tower, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. James Park, the London Eye, Trafalgar Square, The National Portrait Gallery, Piccadilly Circus, the Thames River, the Marble Arch, Regent’s Park and Oxford Street.
• Take advantage of the variety of Broadway shows available every night—Mamma Mia, Wicked, The Lion King, Billy Elliot, Les Misérables, and more!
• Utilize the Tube underground metro and the bus system. It is very accessible and simple to navigate. If all else fails, bring your good walking shoes because London is a fabulous walking city!
• Encourage yourself to eat at the local spots and not commercial restaurants you are familiar with. Some of the best dishes I had were from local pubs and restaurants I discovered by walking the area. My recommendations: breakfast, The Breakfast Club ($), lunch, Amalfi ($$), mid day snack, Bar Italia ($), dinner Prince Regent ($$$), dessert, Patisserie Valerie ($$).
• Pack a bag full of artisan goods from one of the local markets and enjoy a picnic at one of the royal parks! I suggest St. James, Regent’s Park, Hyde Park, or Kensington Gardens. There is nothing better than relaxing by a beautiful garden with a good book and a spread of cheeses, salami and fresh baked goods.
• Be sure to see the British Army and the historic Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, which occurs every day between 11:15 am and 12 pm.
• On budget? No problem! Enjoy the many free attractions in London provides, including: the British Museum, all 7 Royal Parks, Guildhall Art Gallery and the Roman Amphitheater, Museum of London, National gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, English Heritage: Kenwood House, Tate Modern, the Queen’s House, and so much more!
Thoughts on Traveling Alone
At first, the idea of traveling alone made me feel a bit uncomfortable. I was a little apprehensive to eat alone, walk the city by myself and the fear of getting bored without anyone to speak with. But after my experience in London, I see now how simple and absolutely enjoyable traveling solo can be! London is by far one of my favorite cities I have been to thus far. The streets are lively, clean, and safe — not once did I feel in danger. There are many perks for traveling alone, as well. Finding one seat on the Tube is simple, or even getting in last minute at a Michelin Star restaurant is a norm. With all of the amazing history, Broadway shows, and gorgeous parks, you will never be bored! The food was delectable and the people are warm and welcoming helping any solo traveler feel right at home. Whether traveling alone or with a buddy, either way I look forward to my next adventure!