Bored of your friends? Fed up of your family? Sometimes we need some alone time; thankfully London is full of things to do solo. Don’t be afraid to try these new experiences on your own!
Things to do in London On Your Own
Take a walking tour
Whether you’re a lifelong Londoner or experiencing the city for the first time, you’re bound to learn something new on one of London’s many walking tours.
Strawberry Tours offer a huge range of guided walks on a free or ‘pay what you can’ basis, including a Harry Potter tour, street art tour and food tour. You can also explore iconic spots in London (Shoreditch, Soho, London Bridge) by taking an Unseen Tour for £15, hosted by guides from the Sock Mob, a social enterprise helping the homeless in London. Or cross off your London photography bucket list by booking a spot on one of the Hairy Goat Photography Tours (from £60).
Want to know what London was like 1,000 years ago? The Secret Thames tour (£10) will take you down medieval roads and courtyards, drop by London’s oldest hospital (800 years old, if you were wondering) and visit houses that survived the great fire of 1666.back to menu ↑
Explore unusual relics in these underrated museums
London has roughly 200 museums, including many lesser-known exhibitions that are well worth a visit.
Check out Hampstead’s Freud Museum, located in the house where he spent his final year in London. Or explore fashion through the ages at the Fashion and Textile museum in Bermondsey. Fancy viewing preserved specimens (including extinct species) in sinister-looking liquids? Find them at the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy in Bloomsbury – and see if you can track down their famous jar of moles.
Others worth a mention include the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in Notting Hill, Fan Museum in Greenwich, and Cartoon Museum in Holborn.back to menu ↑
Get Fit for Free
Gym memberships can be expensive, but London is full of ways to get fit that don’t cost a penny.
The Adidas Studio on Shoreditch’s Brick Lane runs a series of free fitness classes for women, and both Lululemon and Sweaty Betty offer free yoga classes in store. If you’d rather pound the pavements than practice asanas, the Asics Bootcamp and London City Runners both offer free social runs more than once a week.
If it’s warm outside, why not try an outdoor gym? There are plenty in London, like the Paddington Recreation Ground, or the Bells Park outdoor gym in Peckham.back to menu ↑
Scary things may be fun in a group, but there’s no denying that they’re more effective when you’re alone. For some shivers down your spine, how about a solo trip to the beautiful but eerie Highgate Cemetery (site of an incredible 53,000 graves, including famous individuals from Karl Marx to George Elliott), the infamous Tower of London prison (execution site of two of Henry VIII’s wives, amongst many others through the ages), or the London Dungeons?back to menu ↑
Indulge your taste buds at a food market
London is renowned for being one of the most international cities in the world, so it’s no surprise that amazing street food is abundant. Take a walk through Camden Market, King’s Cross’s Real Food Market or Greenwich Market and give in to the delicious aromas coming from every direction.
At Camden you can eat your way through award-winning Pho at Kim’s Vietnamese Hut and taste fresh handrolled pasta at The Cheese Wheel. Or visit Bad Brownies (Greenwich) to sample the salted caramel brownie once voted best in the city at the annual Chocolate Festival. Your only challenge will be choosing between them…back to menu ↑
Enjoy free live music
Into classical music? Both the Royal College of Music and St Martin-in-the-fields church offer free lunchtime concerts. If you’re a jazz fan, you can experience free live jazz at Troubadour (established in 1954 and with a laundry list of big name performers in its history, including Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix), or live blues at blues bar Ain’t Nothing But. Meanwhile, the multi-award-winning Hootananny Brixton runs free gigs for a huge range of genres, including folk, reggae, ska, soul, house, Latin… A bonus: they also do free live comedy.
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