Travelling alone doesn’t need to be lonely. There’s plenty to see and do as a solo traveller in the UK’s capital – so if you’re looking for alternative things to do in East London from your base at one of the top hotels near Shoreditch High Street, or are planning a trip and simply keen to find out what else is available to you in London, be sure to add these activities to your itinerary!
1. Lose Yourself in a London Market
London has some of the best open markets in the world. There is something for every taste and while browsing you might just find something amazing! Brick Lane hosts markets with some incredible bric-a-brac and vintage finds, while Portobello Road Market is your go-to for low-cost antiques. Camden Lock is the epicentre of the sprawling Camden market with all manner of arty displays on offer. Old Spitalfield’s Market is another local favourite.
2. Find a Tranquil Space
This is certainly one of the more alternative things to do in Easy London given the busy vibe that abounds here but, amid the hustle and bustle of city living, Londoners are actually very fortunate to dwell amongst several areas of outstanding beauty and peacefulness. Why not take a book to one of the many famous parks – or find a bench and watch the world go by? Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Richmond Park, St James’ Park – there are so many options to choose from, offering everything from lakes to wildlife to organised activities which could pique your interest.
3. Visit Some Historic Spaces
Just because you’re travelling solo, that doesn’t mean you can’t soak up some culture! There are many iconic buildings throughout London, including everything from The Tower of London to the Houses of Parliament to Big Ben. What’s more, nobody will turn a hair when you appear without additional guests. If you’d like company on your visit, why not join a tour on arrival – most of the more renowned historic buildings have one, and they’re a great way to break the ice with fellow travellers. Alternatively, visit one of London’s many buzzing museum spaces where visitors can get to grips with some of the greatest research in the world.
4. Take a Bus Tour
There are few sights as instantly recognisable as the London Bus – and they also serve a vital function by helping you to get around a busy city quickly and cheaply. Bus tours have various destinations and functions, and some of the best will get you all around the city speedier than walking and cheaper than taking a cab.
5. Do Some Serious Shopping
There are truly iconic brands with flagship stores in London. Everything from Fortnum & Mason to Liberty, Harrods and Selfridges all call London home and have much to offer the solo traveller – you could even break up a day of shopping with a spot of afternoon tea. All of these make ideal luxurious shopping destinations to pick up something distinctively and unmistakably British, to remind you of your trip!