Solo Female Travel in London

London, the capital city of the United Kingdom, is nestled on the banks of the River Thames in Southeast England. Known for its rich history and cultural diversity, it's an exciting urban metropolis where the ancient and the contemporary exist side by side. With globally iconic landmarks such as the historic Tower of London, the majestic Buckingham Palace, the eye-catching London Eye, and the architectural marvel of the Shard, the city presents an irresistible charm. London is also famously home to the British Museum displaying works from across continents and the centuries, a multitude of professionally manicured parks like Hyde Park, and vibrant markets such as Camden and Portobello Road. Not forgetting the city's celebrated theater district, West End, and the internationally influential center of finance, the City of London. Each corner of this sprawling city offers new discoveries and incredible experiences, making London a must-visit destination.

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Is London good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Very safe

London is generally safe for solo female travelers. It is a busy city with a high level of security measures in place. The public transportation is reliable with CCTV on buses and trains, and metro stations are usually populated even late at night. However, as is the case in any major city, pickpocketing and other small crimes can occur, particularly in tourist-heavy areas. It is recommended to remain vigilant, especially at night, and avoid isolated areas.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

It is relatively straightforward to navigate London. There is a comprehensive network of buses, trains, and underground services that cover all areas of the city. Maps and signages are also clear and easily understandable. However, peak times can be crowded and might cause slight inconveniences. The city is also walkable, and cycling options are quite extensive.
Things to do:

Things to do:Fascinating

London is an exhilarating hub of culture, history, and modernity. From renowned museums and art galleries like the British Museum and the Tate Modern that offer deep dives into local culture and art, to exploring attractions such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace or the iconic Big Ben, every corner has something to offer. Shopping enthusiasts will love the varied street markets and high-end shops on Oxford Street and King's Road. Foodies can indulge in diverse cuisines, with every possible world cuisine present in London. The city also caters to nature lovers with beautiful parks like Hyde Park or Regent's Park where you can go for a quick retreat. Furthermore, the London theatre scene is a vibrant one and tickets for a show in West End is a must-have experience.
Food:

Food:Excellent

London offers one of the most diverse food scenes in the world. Regardless of your culinary preferences, you will definitely find something that suits your taste. From classic British dishes, indulgent pastries and afternoon teas to a vast variety of international cuisines like Indian, Middle Eastern, Italian, Asian, and many more. Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or a meat-lover, there's something for everyone. You can find high-quality dining experiences spread across the various boroughs of the city. Street food markets are also a notable part of London's food culture, offering tasty treats and meals, often served by passionate locals. Remember to treat yourself to some British classic dishes while you're there like fish and chips or a traditional roast dinner. For sweet lovers, scones with clotted cream and jam are a must-try.
Budget:

Budget:Expensive

London can be quite expensive compared to other destinations. Accommodation, dining, and transportation costs are generally high. While it has several free attractions like its iconic museums, more renowned locations like the Tower of London or the London Eye do have entrance fees. However, there are ways to keep costs down, such as using an Oyster card for transport, eating at markets, and staying in budget accommodations.

Is London worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 56 experiences

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.6/5

Food

4.4/5

Budget-friendly

2.8/5

Solo travel experience

Safety really depends on the area that you are in. At night ,You need to be especially careful. But apart from that, I really love London I love spending time there. There are a lot of things to do. It doesn’t feel like solid travel much as there a lot of activities and you will also meet a lot of people.

Posted: May 17, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Caroline

Caroline

Brazil

Solo travel experience

I spent a month in London and loved it! Museums are amazing and the best thing: are free!! Lots to do and even if you don’t wanna spend much money, you can still enjoy the city! It’s easy to get around by public transport. Lots of nice parks to visit and you can see foxes and squirrels 🐿️ Enjoy!!

Posted: May 14, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 5/5
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Family travel experience

I was in London for the second time in the winter of 2022. As expected, it was awesome. The people in London are very, very nice and open. When you think you have discovered everything, you always find new beautiful corners.

Posted: May 2, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Carolina

Carolina (20)

United Kingdom

Couple travel experience

London was our home for almost 6 months now, and what a life changing experience! My wife and I walked at night almost everyday, going trough the dark canals and we never had problems with safety. I think the rule here is mind your own business and your gonna be fine! I definitely recommend living here for a while, give a little time for the city, you definitely will feel at home after the first month. Eat at home is my number 1 rule for saving money and East London can offer the most amazing foods for a reasonable price! We'll definitely gonna miss London and I'm willing to get back whenever we can.

Posted: April 18, 2024Experienced: January, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 5/5
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Amélie

Amélie

Switzerland

Couple travel experience

Safety: depends, we (me and friend L.) stayed in a rather unsafe area named Barking. It wasn’t bad but me and her decided that, IF we would revisit London, we wouldn’t go back to Barking. Things to do: we took some “tourist busses” to Stonehenge and Harr Potter Studio. It was amazing! And some sightseeing throughout the big city. Food: This was a bit harder to get some food as vegan, but not impossible! Accommodation: Ibis Hotel in Barking, do not recommend. Transport: Train or Black Cab, since they went on a lot of strikes while we were here. Most public transportation was impossible

Posted: April 16, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 3/5
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Group travel experience

i was quite disappointed with london. everything was sooo expensive and the sky was always gloomy. i loved their accents though, and the people are amazingly nice. but the place was cold and hard and attractions like big ben and london eye were slightly underwhelming to see

Posted: April 6, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 2/5
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Stephanie

Stephanie

United States

Solo travel experience

I stayed in Piccadilly Circus/Soho, and I had a lot of fun. Every restaurant I went to was great, and every person I met was friendly. Getting around the city was easy on public transportation. I’d definitely go back!

Posted: March 6, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

London is so iconic and there’s so much to be found in every little nook and cranny! I left feeling like I could see myself living there. I loved all the diversity there and the constant buzz of the city

Posted: February 23, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 5/5
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Group travel experience

Amazing time in London. Stayed with a girlfriend in Piccadilly circle. Great location as it's central to so many areas. Equivalent to Times Square nyc however lol. Food in London was amazing. The people whoever were not super friendly. Spent one day of this trip traveling to Paris and the people were exceptionally friendly! Go figure

Posted: February 18, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I felt safe and it was lovely to stroll around parks and visit all the landmarks. Getting a photo by Big Ben and telephone booth was fantastic. People were kind and transportation went always so smoothly. Lovely city with lots of things to do and great British food.

Posted: February 8, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Is London safe for women?

Safety rating

3.2 /5

Based on 31 experiences

Crime rates rating

2.1 /5

Based on 31 experiences

Fabienne

Fabienne

It’s not the safest city. I don’t recommend walking alone at night, but it’s safe getting public transport by yourself. Mostly as long as you avoid bad areas in the night time it’s generally okay. For example I wouldn’t walk around Wood Green at night.

Posted: May 17, 2024
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London isn't too unsafe but you need to be cautious and very observing of your surroundings. Phone/bag snatching has increased in many areas. In the evening, it is usually okay but sometimes there are strange people around. I've been followed once, and he went away as soon as I started speaking on the phone so be cautious after a night out.

Posted: May 6, 2024
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Meet locals in London

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Tamara

Tamara

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I'm a freelance UX and service designer, currently community manager for a small non-profit. I enjoy solo travel as an introvert, going at my own pace and planning my day, but sometimes miss sharing experiences and adventures with others. I tend to stay in boutique hostels with female dorms or Airbnbs. (I'm always up for sharing accommodation or rentals!) I'm a foodie (vegetarian), coffee lover, culture vulture, love urban photography and just coddiwompling around. I don't drink much (maybe socially) and am not a party person. I kind of had an existential/early mid-life crisis during the pandemic, feeling like I'm missing out on life and what if the next year brings something even worse!? So I cancelled my lease in London and went travelling. As a millennial I'm unlikely to but my first home any time soon, and 50% off my income went on rent, so in order to save up (and work part time for my mental health), I'm house and pet-sitting. My itinerary: 🇵🇹 Portugal until 15.5. 🇪🇦 Spain 18.5.-1.7. 🇧🇻 Denmark 1.7.-20.7. 🇸🇪 Sweden 20.07.-22.7. 🇬🇧 UK 29.7.-24.8. 🇭🇷 Croatia 24.8.-20.9. If you'd like to follow along with my trips, you can find me on Instagram 📷 @coddiwomplingdumpling ✏️ Also! Please contribute to my list of hostels with female-only dorms if you discover a gem https://www.google.com/maps/placelists/list/D8OAFWAR7H21iTMn_rV_iYLuA9M6qQ

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Mandy

Mandy

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Hi I’m Mandy 52 yrs old based between London and Wiltshire U.K. I enjoy sightseeing, exploring, relaxing, reading, love the ocean and bodyboarding. I’m Australian-born and I’m heading to Perth for 2 months in Feb 2025 to spend time in my birth-town and get to know it. Looking for meet ups and exploring buddies. I don’t drink or smoke (used to) and my perfect day is exploring or chilling with an early dinner, reading or card games and a nice early night tucked up in bed :)

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Local tips

London is a very safe place to visit. There are a lot of places to visit that are free of charge, like the British Museum, History Museum, and War Museum. You can find all kinds of cultural food. At night, it's really safe and normally very busy, especially on weekends.

Posted: April 23, 2024
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London is a safe place for travelling as a solo woman traveler. I did it many times. The food is good as you get to discover many cuisines from around the world. I would advise to stay within central London (zone1) in order to not spend too much on the transport as it is expensive especially during peak hours.

Posted: April 17, 2024
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If you’re going outside of the city centre I recommend using a taxi at night. Either Uber or Bolt will be the cheapest options. If you have to get the bus at night, do it go onto the upper deck. Save money by going to larger supermarkets/superstores, convinience stores and smaller ‘metro’ or ‘express’ shops are more expensive. If you’re staying for a long time, use an Oyster card as payment issues are easier to track and refund. If you’re there for a short time, you can use your contactless card on all public transport. Museums and parks are free to enter, E.g the National Portrait Gallery (Trafalgar Sq), Natural History Museum (South Kensington) and the Science Museum (South Kensington).

Posted: February 27, 2024
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London is mostly safe for women, with the exception of maybe a few neighbourhoods where there are a lot of middle eastern men, who will stare at you intensely like a piece of meat. Edgware Road is one such example. The women will also stare and judge, even when you’re dressed very “modestly” / conservative / not showing and skin or body shape or wearing any makeup.

Posted: February 18, 2024
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So you’re visiting London for the first time! My advice as a woman who has lived here for 7 years, and had my fair share of getting lost and feeling uncomfortably cramped on the tube, is this! - Walk as much as you can, not necessarily to avoid the tube (as this is a rite of passage), but you get to see so much more of London by walking (or taking the bus, although I would avoid the night bus alone.) - Downloading the Citymapper app is a must! It will tell you exactly what routes to take as well as timings. This will help you plan your journey so you don’t feel intimidated by the tube! - Head to the touristy places sure, but they can get super packed so I would either head there early in the morning or after the sun goes down. - To get a real taste of London, you need to head to Hackney, Notting Hill, Greenwich, and Little Venice. - As for Covent Garden, Southbank (all great but very touristy!), aim to head there on a weekday. - Avoid Oxford Street unless you want to go on a big shopping spree, but even then I wouldn’t recommend! - If you are a solo traveller and you’re heading out to bars/restaurants, look out for an ‘Ask for Angela’ sign in the loos if anyone makes you feel uncomfortable at any point! The bar staff will help. - Avoid Uber and download Bolt or FREENOW - best cab apps! Avoid black cabs unless you’re made of money. - If you’re taking the tube, there’s no need to wear your backpack on your front! We do have pickpockets like every other city, just keep your phone close to your body and your bags zipped up. - Londoners aren’t as rude as they’re made out to be! If you’re lost, ask somebody. 99% of the time they will help, unless they don’t know where they’re going themselves! Finally! Enjoy it. There are so many creative and wonderful hubs in London, just waiting for you!

Posted: February 12, 2024
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London can be a challenge but it's a lot of wonderful places to go. The tube is the best way to move, you can get everywhere. Delicious food that can be found at a resonable cost. The best way to find the beauty of the city is to gosto outro and walk around, but I would not advice after 10.30pm.

Posted: February 9, 2024
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Angelina

Angelina

United Kingdom

- London is generally quite safe for women, even at night in most areas. However, be vigilant at night, stick to well-lit streets, and consider taking taxis instead of walking alone late at night. Avoid poorly lit parks and side streets. - For restaurants, I recommend Dishoom for modern Indian food, Ottolenghi for Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, and The Breakfast Club for a fun brunch. Look for pre-theater menus for deals before evening shows. - Buy an Oyster card to save money on public transport. Avoid taking taxis except late at night - the Tube is very safe. Consider staying in zone 1 or 2 to be central. Good areas are Soho, Covent Garden, Southbank, Shoreditch. Avoid some outer areas like Thamesmead. - Free museums like the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern are great. Skip expensive attractions like the London Eye or Madame Tussauds. - Parks like Hyde Park and Regent's Park are nice daytime activities. Go in a group at night. Attend a play in the West End for evening entertainment. - Most importantly, trust your instincts. Be confident walking around, but don't hesitate to ask for help if you need it. Londoners are generally friendly and helpful. Enjoy the amazing food, culture, and energy of the city!

Posted: February 1, 2024
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Nour

Nour

United Kingdom

Yes London is safe for solo female travelers! Its one of my favorite cities in the world. You can even travel at night as a solo female traveler. It is well connected by tubes, buses etc and usually there is always people on public transport so ur not alone. Specially on weekends. Try not to walk alone after 12 am during the week. I would suggest you rent a lime bike and go to the nearest station or bus stop and get public transport. I would not spend too much time on the touristy areas like central London and west London. And try to engage with the real authentic London life. Visit museum they are mostly for free!! Visit Sunday markers in east London. Parks and canals are your friend for cheap nice hangout in summer and museums and cafes are ur friends in winter. East London hackney is my favorite area in London for food, bars, cafes, clubs, Sunday markets, pubs, canal walks, and super diverse and cool.

Posted: December 1, 2023
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Mia

Mia

United Kingdom

London is a big city, of hustle and bustle, and surreal, cultural entanglement! For nightlife, Eventbrite is a great app to check out and buy tickets for a great night. There are some absolutely amazing locations, if you know where to look! I have personally found that the best nights out have been smaller venues in London, like jazz bars, open mic nights, and dance nights, (especially infused with cultural music – like Latin nights) My best advice would be to pick a genre of music that you love, and look up that genre on Eventbrite. Thursday, Fridays and Saturday nights are generally the best! Or look up free parties in London, (because London is a space with lots of emerging artists there have great free gigs all the time) I guarantee you'll be able to find something for you! 

Posted: November 26, 2023
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I live in London and it’s a great city to live in. Easy transport routes, buses, DLR and the tube. London is a diverse place, there are a variety of restaurants to dine in and immerse yourselves in different cultures. It’s always good to stay vigilant as you never know if you come across a thief etc.

Posted: November 18, 2023
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Stay with locals in London

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Hasna

Hasna

London

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hello Lovely People ! Quick introduction : I love travelling, music and sharing with people. Calm and serene that doesn't stop me to be fun 😊 I am more a listener than chatty and I apparently make people feel comfortable. As an host or guest I will be glad to meet new people, life is too short to be shy Wish you all the best Hasna

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Katia

Katia

London

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Fun, bubbly thoughtful, caring person! Love to enjoy life to the max when possible. Single mum to a little one.

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Asiya

Asiya

About Me

Hey there! I’m currently finishing up grad school and planning my first solo trip to Europe in June. I’m an introvert with sporadic extroverted tendencies. I like wandering aimlessly (helps that I’m geographically challenged and bad at maps), spending time in nature, trying my hand at artsy/crafty things, and going out dancing.

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Jasmin

Jasmin

About Me

Hey, I'm Jasmin, 18 years old and love to travel. I want to see the world and am really open to meet new people. I live in the middel from Germany, but for the holidays I plan to take a europe trip.

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