Meet fellow travellers, mingle with locals and see the sights with these top tips for spending time alone in London.
Explore the city at your own pace, follow your interests and discover the best places to be alone and to make new friends.
Seek out London’s best solo dining spots, enjoy activities perfect for one, take in a show or visit attractions in London by yourself – spending time in London alone is far from lonely.
London hotels for single travellers
Find compact but plush single rooms at The Hoxton hotel in Holborn – look out for its “shoebox” rooms featuring bespoke wallpaper inspired by Charles Dickens. Or check into Mimi’s Hotel Soho, which has snug “tiny single” options.
Great-value local chain Z Hotels has smart single rooms in handy locations from Soho to Shoreditch, Piccadilly, Victoria and other London areas. Or, take a look at the coolest London hostels, which are perfect for meeting like-minded travellers.
Solo dining in London
London restaurants with counter dining
Grab a seat at one of the many restaurants with counter dining in London. Try South Kensington’s Yashin Ocean House for smart sushi, the Riding House Cafe near Oxford Street for modern British fare, Ceviche Soho for exciting Peruvian flavours, Breddos in Clerkenwell for lip-smacking tacos, or Barrafina for outstanding tapas in Soho, Drury Lane and Covent Garden.
Pull up a chair and sit alongside locals at a London supper club. Monograph runs elegant under-the-radar Japanese experiences, or try KinoVino for international films matched with guest chefs. Syrian Supper Club offers a friendly experience in aid of refugees. Find more supper clubs, including one on a London Underground train, on Eatwith. Booking ahead is essential.
Keep fit and meet people at Rabble’s high-intensity workouts, featuring games such as British bulldogs, frisbee and dodgeball. Alternatively, join Project Awesome’s friendly tribes for a bright and early session at The Scoop or Primrose Hill. Daredevils can learn to fly through the air with Gorilla Circus’s Flying Trapeze School during summer.
Running and team sports
Parkrun organises free 5K weekend runs around London – the Alexandra Palace one has great views over the city. For team sports, Go Mammoth and Footy Addicts can match you to games of netball, football, volleyball and more at locations all over London.
Places to relax outdoors
Pack your swim bag and head to one of London’s lidos or to Hampstead Heath’s famous bathing ponds. Relax in the sunshine or read a book under a tree in London’s best parks, loved for their flora, fauna and special events.
Get creative at a craft class from Drink Shop & Do, London Craft Club or M.Y.O. Take a street-art tour and graffiti workshop with Alternative London.
Urban dance classes
Dance to the beat of the city at a bookable or drop-in class at Pineapple Dance Studios, Danceworks or At Your Beat, or learn to lindy hop with Swing Patrol.
Sharpen your knife skills or learn to make sourdough or homemade pickles at sustainability-focused Cookery School in Fitzrovia. Cheese fans can make their own at The Urban Cheesemaker. And for a true London tipple, craft your own gin with bespoke botanicals at Notting Hill’s Ginstitute.
Solo cultural activities in London
Art and artefacts
Explore London’s world-leading museums and galleries at your own pace – it’s one of the perks of travelling solo in London. Check out the best temporary art and museum exhibitions too, for once-in-a-lifetime shows.
Treat yourself to an armchair and dinner at the Electric Cinema in Portobello – it’s the perfect solo date night. Film aficionados should head to the BFI, while the Prince Charles Cinema shows old favourites at rock-bottom prices to a vocal crowd.
All the major museums and galleries hold lectures, as do the Royal Society, the Bishopsgate Institute and many London universities; while the School of Life holds talks on personal development and psychology.
Where to meet people in London
There’s a plethora of things to do solo in London – you won’t run out of fun things to do by yourself. But if you’re travelling alone in London and would like to connect with others, Meetup has hundreds of groups all over the city devoted to specialist interests, while citysocializer and thinkingbob run events, socials and nights out around the city.