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Top Things to do alone in London – Here are a few tips on what to do in London when you are all on your own (or maybe just you and a friend).  It can still be a lot of fun.  These are also great ideas for when you are only spending one day in London and you want to do something unique.

Portobello Road Market – Notting Hill district of the city – Vintage shopping

If you love all things vintage like books and clothing, this is the place to shop.  They sell anything from vintage books and antiques to some amazing street food.  Wondering along Portobello Market is fun and you will have all the time in the world to snoop in every little corner when you are alone in London.  Saturdays are the best time to visit.

London Portobello Road

Take a self-guided London walking tour or join a tour group 

Lots of people who is single and visiting a big city book with tour groups.  It might be the best place even to meet that someone special.  Alternatively you get to see all the best places with loads of info.  You can book online.  Therefore there is no need to stand in long lines.


Stop at Harrods – Yes I said Stop

Harrods is a must-see when in London, but if you cannot really ‘shop’ at Harrods, at least do a walk through.  You might just find something you ‘just have to have’ as a souvenir.  The total experience and being able to say you ‘shopped at Harrods’ is award enough;  you don’t have to be a millionaire as most people think.  So what have you been up to all on your own in London?  “Well I took the afternoon and shopped at Harrods.”  (Now doesn’t that sound awesome?)

In my opinion, when you’re in London especially during Christmas time, you just have to stop at Harrods for the most amazing displays.  You will find a lot of cute stocking fillers totally within budget.  Or you can splurge on extravagant gifts and the most amazing Christmas decorations.  It’s all up to you.

If you love Harry Potter – you will love

  • Warner Bros. Studios Tour London –offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of the Harry Potter films.  You need a minimum of 3 to 4 hours for this adventure. Address: Studio Tour Dr, Leavesden, Watford WD25 7LR, United Kingdom.
London Harry Potter stage
  • In my opinion the best ever stop to make in London is to visit The Cauldron – a Harry Potter themed restaurant where you can make your own magical potion. Use your magic wand and immerse yourself in an almost 2 hour long experiment at your own table.  Even if you’re not a Harry Potter follower, you will love the fun experience.  As they perfectly explain in their own words:  “An immersive cocktail class where you don a cloak wield a working magic wand & use molecular mixology to brew drinkable elixirs.”  This might not really be your thing to do on your own, but maybe if you are two friends, this might be an option.  Address: 7 Elephant Road, Elephant and Castle, SE17 1LB, UK
  • Although when alone the “Build your own custom, illuminated & working magic wand in a small group, experience” – might be the perfect option. Learn the secrets of wand making.  You make your own with the help of the master Wandmaker, choosing your own design and everything, in just 30 minutes.  Address: 26 Greek Street, Soho,  W1D 5DE, London
  • Book a Harry Potter guided tour of London with Get Your Guide.

Visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum

The world famous fictional Sherlock Holmes was a detective extraordinaire.  Now you have the opportunity to visit the privately run museum in London dedicated to all his adventures.  The museum is located in a four-storey Georgian townhouse dating back to 1815.  Visit their pretty gifts and memorabilia shop for that special gift to someone who loves detective stories:  Especially those of Sherlock Holmes.  Visiting museums are the perfect “alone in London” thing to do even if you don’t feel brave enough to visit places on your own.

Address221b Baker St, Marylebone, London NW1 6XE

Travel Tip(s)

Look for free cancellation options: Some hotels offer free cancellation up until a certain date. Booking accommodations with free cancellation can provide flexibility in case your plans change.

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The Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

If you’re looking for a unique adventure that is truly authentic to England, you simply must do the High Tea Bus Tour.  It is a fantastic experience and will make the best ever Instagram or Selfie photo opportunity.  Alone or with someone, this 90 minute tour is fun and the perfect way to spend an afternoon in London.  You will see the famous sights of London like:  Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and much more.. That is if you don’t look down on your plate too much because the treats are fantastic.  Alternatively you can book for the Slingsby Gin Afternoon Tea Tour or even a Christmas Light Tour during December.

Address:  Brigit’s Bakery – 6-7 Chandos Pl, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HU

Visit a Pub with a difference

The Churchill Arms in Kensington is known to have won at the Chelsey Flower show and is truly a spectacular site.  Well worth a visit and something unique as well as a perfect Instagram or Selfie opportunity.  Their Thai Kitchen is world famous for their fantastic dishes.  Enjoy the taste of Thailand in the middle of London.  Here you can sneak in and hide in a corner with a book without feeling lost in a big city.

Address: 119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN, United Kingdom

Take the Royal Tour

Ever wanted to see what Buckingham Palace looks like inside?  Book a ‘Buckingham Palace Royal Walking Tour which including Afternoon Tea’ with Viator.


London Buckingham Palace

“Feel like a British Royal on this 4-hour tour that includes a visit to Buckingham Palace and afternoon tea. Meet a tour host outside the royal residence and head inside with your pre-booked ticket and audio guide for an independent tour of the State Rooms. Then, join back up with your host and stroll through St James’s Park to an elegant venue, where you’ll savor a traditional afternoon tea spread of scones, sandwiches, and tea. Please note: Buckingham Palace is open to the public for just eight weeks (approx.) each year and tickets sell out quickly. Book early to avoid disappointment.” – Viator

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