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Things to Do Alone in London (2024)

July 21, 2023

Travelling alone in London, whilst liberating can be a little daunting to first-time solo travellers. But don’t let that deter you. From top attractions to West End shows – take a look at our best things to do alone in London.

In a rush? Here’s a snapshot of our list:

1. Visit the British Museum

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The British Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. It boasts a stunning collection of artefacts from around the globe, including the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and the Parthenon sculptures. 

Address: Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG 

Opening times: 10am-5pm every day, open until 8.30 on Fridays

Read: Travelling Alone for the First Time

2. Check out the Tower of London

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The Tower of London is a historic fortress that’s been a royal palace, prison, armoury and royal mint. Visit the Crown Jewels and Yeoman Warders, and learn about the tower’s unique history.

Address: Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AB

Opening times are updated regularly. You can check them out here

3. Take a stroll in Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens

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London’s most visited Royal Park, Hyde Park is a great spot for a peaceful stroll. Next to it, you’ll find Kensington Gardens, famous for being the setting for Kensington Palace, where Queen Victoria was born.

Opening times for Hyde Park: 5am-12am every day

Opening times for Kensington Gardens: during the hours of daylight

4. View the city from the London Eye

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The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel situated on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It offers visitors breathtaking 360-degree views of London’s iconic skyline. At the top, riders can enjoy a stunning panorama of up to 40 km in all directions, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, London SE1 7PB 

Opening times vary, you can check them here

5. Walk along the South Bank

South Bank in London
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Take a leisurely walk along the South Bank and enjoy the sights of the river Thames, Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe. 

Address: South Bank, London SE1 9TG

6. Shop at Camden Market

Camden Market in London
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Camden Market is a bustling market located in the heart of London. It consists of over 1,000 shops, stalls, and eateries, making it one of the largest markets in the city. There you can explore unique street food, vintage clothing and accessories, and unique crafts from all around the world. With something for everyone, Camden Market is a must-visit destination for a fun and exciting day out

Address: Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF

Opening times can be found here

7. Take a tour of the Houses of Parliament

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Take a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament and learn about the history of the building, the politics, and the people who have shaped the UK over the years. 

Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA 

Opening times: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

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The National Gallery houses one of the world’s finest collections of Western European art. From the 13th to the 19th centuries, you’ll find works by masters such as Da Vinci, Botticelli and Rembrandt. 

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN 

Opening times: Saturday-Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-9pm

9. Go to a West End show

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West End shows are live, professional performances of musicals, plays, and other theatrical performances. They take place in some of the most iconic theatres in the city, including the world-famous London Palladium, the Apollo Victoria Theatre, and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. From classic musicals like The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables to modern hits such as Hamilton, there is something for everyone.

Find all shows here

10. Take a boat trip down the Thames

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Take a boat trip down the Thames and enjoy the sights of the river. You can choose from a range of cruises, including sightseeing tours, dinner cruises and themed cruises. 

Address: Departs from Westminster Pier, London SW1A 2JH

You can find all cruises here

11. Visit the Imperial War Museum

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Dive into Britain’s military history at the Imperial War Museum. Explore exhibitions on the First and Second World Wars and more recent conflicts. 

Address: Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ 

Opening times: 10am-6pm every day.

12. Take a tour of Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British royal family. It has been a focal point of the monarchy since 1837. Visitors can explore the 19 State Rooms, Queen’s Gallery, and Royal Mews. Take a guided tour to learn more about the royal family’s history and marvel at the palace’s grandeur. Don’t miss the changing of the Guard ceremony, held daily in the palace forecourt. A visit to Buckingham Palace is a great way to learn about the British monarchy and its rich history.

Address: Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1A 1AA

Opening times vary, check here for more information

13. Explore Kensington Palace

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Step back in time and explore the historic Kensington Palace, the home of Queen Victoria and many other royals. Visitors can see the palace’s many beautiful gardens, as well as its State Apartments and the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection. The palace also offers tours of the King’s and Queen’s State Apartments, as well as exhibitions on royal history and culture. Kensington Palace is a must-visit for royal enthusiasts and anyone interested in British history.

Address: Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX

Opening times vary. Check here for more information

14. Visit the Science Museum

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The Science Museum is located in the heart of South Kensington and is packed with interactive exhibits and activities. Explore the interactive galleries, take part in live demonstrations, and discover the wonders of science, engineering, and technology. With something for everyone, the Science Museum is the perfect place to explore and learn.

Address: Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Opening times: 10am-6pm every day

15. Visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition

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Learn about the history of the iconic Tower Bridge with an interactive tour of the engine rooms, Victorian walkways and high-level glass floors. 

Address: Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP

Opening times: 9.30am-6pm every day

16. Watch a movie at the BFI IMAX

BFI IMAX in London
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The BFI IMAX in London is a spectacular cinematic experience. With a giant screen, powerful sound system and comfortable seating, it’s the perfect place to watch the latest blockbusters. The 26-metre screen is the largest in Britain and it features the latest IMAX projection technology, providing crystal-clear images and sound that will envelop you in the action.

Address: 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, London SE1 8XR

17. Catch the sunset at Primrose Hill

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Primrose Hill is a popular spot in London. Located north of Regent’s Park, it offers spectacular views of the city skyline, including the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral. The large grassy hilltop is a great spot for a picnic or for taking a stroll. On a clear day, you can even see as far as Wembley Stadium.

Address: Primrose Hill Rd, London NW3 3NJ

18. Take a day trip to Oxford

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Oxford is so close to London that it would be a pity not to make a little detour. 

The city is known for its world-famous university, which dates back to the 11th century and serves as a setting for the Harry Potter movies. Oxford boasts impressive architecture, beautiful parks and gardens, and a fantastic selection of shops, restaurants, and cafes. From the iconic Radcliffe Camera to the world-famous university buildings, there is something for everyone to explore and enjoy.

19. Enjoy a picnic in St. James’s Park

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Saint James’s Park is a stunning green oasis in the heart of London, located between Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. It is the oldest of the eight Royal Parks in the city. Visitors can enjoy the picturesque lake, which is home to a colony of pelicans, and the bridge over the lake, which is a popular spot for wedding photos. The park also features a wide selection of trees, flowers, and shrubs, as well as plenty of open green space for picnicking or just relaxing in the sunshine.

Address: The Mall, London SW1A 2BJ

Opening times: 5am-midnight every day

20. Stroll through Hampstead Heath

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Hampstead Heath is a sprawling park in the heart of London, located just north of the city centre. It is the highest point in London and one of the largest parks in the city, covering around 320 hectares of land. The Heath is a popular spot for outdoor activities, such as picnics, walking, and running. There are several ponds and lakes to explore, as well as a range of sports facilities. Hampstead Heath is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the beauty of nature in London.

Opening times: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

21. Be amazed at Sea Life

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Enjoy a unique underwater experience at the Sea Life Aquarium, which features over 500 species of marine life, including Europe’s largest collection of sharks. There are also interactive touch pools and educational talks.

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB

Check opening times here

22. Discover London’s street art

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From the iconic Banksy graffiti murals to the colourful, vibrant art on streets throughout the city, London’s street art scene is one of the most exciting in the world. From east to west, north to south, London is home to an array of amazing street art that can be found in places such as Camden Town, Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Southbank, and Hackney. From huge murals to small stencils, these artworks can be found in all shapes, sizes, and styles, and offer a unique insight into the culture of the city.

23. Please your inside foodie at Borough Market

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Borough Market has been operating since the 12th century and is one of the most popular London markets. The market offers a wide array of fresh, locally-sourced produce, including fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, and other gourmet items. There are also plenty of street food vendors selling a variety of delicious, traditional dishes. The bustling atmosphere and lively vendors make Borough Market a must-see if you’re looking to experience the best of London’s food culture.

Address: 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL

Opening times: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm. Sat, 8am-5pm. Sun, 10am-3pm

24. Visit Kew Gardens to discover the power of plants

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Kew Gardens is one of the world’s most famous and oldest botanical gardens and is home to over 30,000 different species of plants. Visitors can explore the gardens and admire the beautiful landscape, including the iconic Palm House, the Pagoda, and the Temperate House. The gardens also have a great selection of cafés, restaurants, and gift shops. It’s a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a unique opportunity to learn about and explore the beauty of nature.

Address: Victoria Gate (TW9 3JR), Lion Gate (TW9 2DF), Elizabeth Gate (TW9 3AE), Brentford Gate (TW9 3AF)

Opening times can be found here

25. Learn a new skill

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There are so many classes you could be taking in London. From cooking to bartending, or photography and pottery, pick the one you’ve always wanted to try and surprise yourself!

Things to do alone in London at night

26. Take a night tour of the city 

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London is renowned for its amazing sights, and a night tour is a perfect way to get to know the city. A variety of companies offer night tours of the city, covering many of the top attractions. Nowhere else can you get a better impression of the city’s history, monuments, and culture.

27. Watch a Show at the Globe Theatre

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The Globe Theatre is one of the iconic landmarks in London and one of the most popular tourist attractions. Visitors can enjoy a show of Shakespearean plays, including The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The theatre offers traditional seating, as well as standing tickets, for a truly unique experience. 

Address: 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT

Check performances here

28. Take a Cruise on the Thames

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Taking a cruise on the Thames is an amazing way to explore the city and its many attractions. You can take a leisurely cruise and enjoy the view of London’s skyline, or go for a more adventurous ride and take in the sights. Most companies offer a variety of cruises from sunset to midnight.

Check night tours

29. Enjoy a Comedy Show

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London is home to many comedy clubs and shows, and they’re a great way to spend a night out. Many of the shows are free or very affordable and offer an experience that is both entertaining and unique. Check The Top Secret Comedy Club or Oh So Funny.

30. Explore the Southbank

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The Southbank is a great place to explore and experience the city’s creative culture. The area is home to many theatres, galleries, and restaurants, as well as iconic landmarks such as the London Eye. There are many interesting things to explore and experience at night, making it a great option for a night out.

31. Attend a Music Concert

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London is known for its vibrant music scene and is home to many venues that offer a variety of concerts. From classical to rock, jazz to pop, and everything in between, there is something for everyone. Many venues offer late-night shows and special events, making it a great night out. Check the O2 or the Eventim Apollo.

32. Visit a Speakeasy Bar

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London is home to many speakeasy bars, offering a unique and intimate experience. These bars offer a variety of cocktails and drinks in a stylish and relaxed atmosphere, making it perfect for a night out. Check The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town or Cahoots.

33. Take a Ghost Tour

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London is full of ghostly tales and stories, and taking a ghost tour is the perfect way to explore them. You can explore the spooky streets of London and learn about its haunted history. Many ghost tours are offered at night and are great for a night out. Check ghost tours.

The blue whale at the National History Museum in London
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London is home to many amazing art galleries, offering a variety of exhibits. These galleries are perfect for a night out, with many staying open late. You can explore the artwork and learn more about the city’s culture and history. The National History Museum is open until 10pm for its late events and so does the Science Museum.

35. See a Movie at a Drive-In Cinema

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London is home to various drive-in cinemas, offering a unique and fun experience. You can watch a classic or contemporary movie from the comfort of your car, and the experience is both nostalgic and enjoyable. 

Addresses and opening times can be found here

London is an exciting and vibrant city with plenty of activities to entertain people of all ages. Whether you are looking for something to do alone during the day or at night, there is no shortage of things to do and we hope you find something to enjoy on our list.

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