What Are Some Things to Do in London on Your Own?

Updated April 17, 2017

London is one of the largest and busiest cities in the world. From museums to indoor arcades, London has many attractions to offer. The good news is you do not have to have a travel buddy to make the most of your time in London. There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied if you are travelling alone or if you fancy alone time from your travelling group.


Thanks to the national lottery fund, most museums in London are free. Museums are a great activity to do by yourself because you can concentrate on the artefacts before you and truly absorb the information. You can also browse at your own pace.

One of London's finest museums is the British Museum, home to many famous artefacts such as the Rosetta Stone. The British Museum so large it takes many days to truly see every inch of it. Grab a coffee at the cafe, grab a free map and explore. One of the most impressive sections is the Greek and Roman room.

If you are more interested in art, stop by Tate Modern. This is one of the largest contemporary art collections in the world. There are even pamphlet tours that fit your mood. Maybe you left your group for some alone time because you were having a bad day; there is a tour for that. The tour takes you throughout the four levels to pieces of art that are influenced by bad days.


Shopping is often seen as a group activity, but it can be even more fun on your own. London has excellent shopping districts full of designer names, but there are also areas where you can find some great deals. Bond Street, Oxford Street and Canal Street are a few famous streets in London with the best stores, almost guaranteeing that you will bump elbows with celebrities during your free time. Even if you cannot afford the designer clothes in these shops, it is fun to try them on or just browse the shops. However, if discount shopping is more your thing, head over to the open-air Portobello Road Market or Camden Market, where you can barter. In Camden Town you will find many other discount shops full of the latest fashions.

Tour the City

A great way to explore the city is to take a bus tour. Double-decker buses take you throughout the city and show you all the famous historical attractions and London hot spots. The bus drops you off at locations and picks you up at certain times. If you would rather explore the city by foot, take a stroll along the Thames River. The Thames is one of the most beautiful parts of London and many famous attractions such as the London Eye, Big Ben and the Shakespeare Globe Theatre line it. You will find some unique gift shops and coffee houses on your stroll, as well.


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About the Author

Melissa Warner is a freelance writer and editor in Milwaukee, Wis. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "The Irish American Post" and "The London Student." Warner received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.