When it comes to traveling solo, London stands out as an ideal destination. This bustling metropolis holds a treasure trove of history, culture, and cosmopolitan charm. Whether it's your first time venturing out alone or you're an experienced solo traveler, here are five tips to ensure your 2023 solo London trip is a success. For the curious traveler, check out Gesso’s self-guided audio walking tours, which you can experience at your own pace.
Navigating London’s extensive public transport system is a breeze once you've got the hang of it. The London Underground, affectionately known as the Tube, is a reliable and convenient way to zip around the city. If you're keen on soaking in the sights, walking through the city's varied neighborhoods provides a sensory feast.
Choosing the right accommodation can set the tone for your solo trip. London's neighborhoods each offer unique experiences. If you're looking for grand architecture and proximity to major sights, consider areas like Westminster or Kensington. For a more artsy, bohemian vibe, try Shoreditch or Camden. Make sure to consider your budget, preferred atmosphere, and proximity to attractions when selecting your London base.
London’s food scene is a melting pot of global flavors. Whether you're craving traditional British fare, international cuisine, or something vegan or gluten-free, London has it all. Exploring the city’s diverse food markets, such as Borough Market or Brick Lane Market, offers an opportunity to sample a variety of dishes and shop like a local.
The beauty of traveling solo is the freedom to do whatever you fancy. London, brimming with iconic sights, historical monuments, tranquil parks, and world-class museums, is your oyster. Don't miss a visit to the British Museum, Tate Modern, or a stroll around Hyde Park.
Here’s a piece of travel advice from Gesso’s co-founder, Henna Wang, “As someone who grew up between different cultures, my approach to new places is to observe and absorb. I relish discovering the charming details that make each neighborhood unique, whether it's a cat dozing in a window or a hidden architectural feature. I hope your time wandering ignites a sense of wonder and appreciation for these slow moments and the diverse experiences that lie in every corner.”
Discover more local history with our audio walking tours, and see which nearby London neighborhoods you want to explore next!