London is a fantastic city to enjoy as a solo traveller, with plenty to experience and discover. With a thriving cultural scene, plenty of history and a buzzing city life, a solo trip will let you experience the best of the city at your own pace, without ever leaving you feeling lonely or out of depth.
Whether you’re travelling for pleasure or planning to stay in corporate hotels in London for work, the city has ample to explore. Read on to find out more about how to get the best out of a luxurious trip to London by yourself.
Treat yourself to a little more comfort
One of the major perks of travelling on your own is that you can afford to splash out a little more on yourself and make sure you enjoy a truly comfortable experience throughout your journey and your stay.
Look up the best offers & deals in London hotels ahead of your trip, and don’t hesitate to indulge a little more to give yourself a relaxing stay. The Park Grand London Kensington has a great range of comfortable and stylish suites that are perfect for single visitors, and will make sure that you feel right at home from the moment you arrive. Once you’ve settled in, don’t hesitate to give yourself the little extra day to day luxuries of travel too – enjoy a comfortable lie in, breakfast in bed or a sumptuous bath to help you relax and unwind.
Travelling alone means that you’ll need a lot less with you, and depending on the length of your stay, you can often get by with a carry-on. Having less baggage to worry about means that it’s often much easier to get around quickly and easily, making public transport far more simple to navigate.
You’re unlikely to need as much as you think – instead, plan ahead to discover the city, and look forward to what’s to come.
Plan what you’d like to see ahead of time
As there is so much to see and do in the city, one of the top London travel tips is to make sure that you do your research, pack a map and look up the sites and attractions you’d like to visit in advance. It’s helpful to know how to get around the city, opening times and other practical information so that you can always make last-minute plans to visit one of the places on your list of must-see places.
Of course, the beauty of travelling alone is that you are free to do whatever you please, without having to worry about getting other friends or family organised to get out in time. So while it’s useful to have some ideas about what you’d like to do ahead of time, don’t hesitate to let yourself enjoy some spontaneous time. London is a great city to walk around and discover little treasures around every corner, so try to allow some unplanned fun too!
Take your time around the city
Travelling alone also means that you are the master of your own schedule and timing, and you can let yourself explore a sight for as long as you want. London is filled with plenty of wonderful open spaces, including the magnificent Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens close to the Park Grand London Kensington, which are perfect for a leisurely stroll around the monuments and landmarks around it.
If you’ve got a long block of time on your hands during your visit, it’s also worth checking out some of the city’s major galleries and museums. Tops museums such as the Victoria and Albert Museum or the British Museum have huge collections of treasures from all over the world, and they’re often the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely few hours as you take it all in.
Treat yourself to a drink or meal out
One of the greatest joys of travelling is getting to indulge in delicious local food, and London is brimming with stylish and innovative restaurants, cafés and bars. Travelling alone doesn’t mean you have to miss out on experiencing them, in fact, enjoying a meal by yourself can be a fantastic way to soak up the local atmosphere, people watch and discover how to enjoy your own company.
If you’re unsure about eating out on your own, it’s always worth packing a notepad or a book along with you to keep yourself occupied – alternatively, look for communal spaces where you can strike up a conversation with a fellow solo traveller.
Give yourself some luxurious self-care
London is filled with plenty of luxury, and it would be seriously amiss to skip on getting a taste of that while you’re visiting. It’s worth checking out some of the fantastic spas and salons in the city – it’s a great way of helping you feel soothed and calm, especially if you’re feeling a bit hesitant about travelling alone.
Choose from one of the many great spa treatments on offer around the city, designed to help you look and feel fantastic, or check out some of the more novel self-care options around, such as a relaxing session in a floatation tank.
Book a day tour to meet other travellers
If you’re not sure about what to see and do in the city, a day tour is often a great way to discover more of London. You’ll find a variety of tours and packages on offer, from walking tours where you’ll be led around specific attractions and neighbourhoods of the city on foot, to open bus tours, river cruises and more.
Tours generally come with a guide, who will provide a unique and personal insight to an attraction. They can often be a huge source of surprising knowledge, so don’t hesitate to ask questions and be curious. Group tours are also a great way to get to meet other visitors around London, with the option to take part in activities together.