How to Have a Memorable Solo Trip to London

17 May 2018
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Planning a solo jaunt to the Big Smoke? There’s nothing quite like the sights, sounds and smells of a major capital city to bring your senses alive – and when travelling alone, you’ll find that you’re all the more attuned to experience everything London has to offer. To make the most of your stay – whether it be for business or pleasure – follow these top tips to make your getaway as memorable as possible.

Economise transport costs with an Oyster card

As you’d expect from the UK capital, London benefits from one of the finest public transportation networks in the world. Whether you plan to use the Tube, the overground, the bus or the train, getting your hands on an Oyster card as soon as you can is a must for making the most of the city. Not only will you save on travel expenses, you’ll also make things easier and quicker when navigating its network of public transport. You can pick one up at all Tube stations or online in advance at Transport for London.

Sightsee via cycle

While the Tube is probably the fastest and most efficient way of getting around, you do risk missing out on the lovely scenery, impressive architecture and bustling atmosphere of London’s iconic cityscape. If you have the time, try setting aside at least one day to rent a Boris Bike – so named for the former mayor who implemented them several years ago, Boris Johnson – and take in the sights from the comfort of your saddle. With over 750 docking stations around the city and cycles available for as little as £2 per 24 hours, the city is your cycling oyster (excuse the pun).

Go Native and get insider know-how

Where you stay is just as important as how you get around, since a central location can cut down on travelling times significantly. Rather than cough up for the extortionate costs of London’s hotels, you could try the alternative option of going Native. With an abundance of locations all over the city to suit any budget and taste, our aparthotels offer all the benefits of an apartment with the convenience of a hotel. What’s more, we know the city like the back of our hand, so can offer unbeatable insider info on the local neighbourhood.

Follow your nose and go with the flow

One of the best things about travelling solo is the ability to be flexible in your plans and tailor them to your own preferences, without having to compromise at any time. Fancy spending an entire afternoon in the National History Museum? No problem. Feel like a lazy day wandering around Hyde Park? You’ve got it. Got a sudden urge to take in a West End show? You’re in luck – being flexible with your theatre plans definitely works in your favour with regards to pricing, since you can often lock down last-minute tickets at cut-rate prices. If your schedule allows, do everything you can.

Don’t try and see everything

Having said that, it’s also important not to try and cram too much into your visit. Some people want to try and make the most of their short sojourn in the capital and end up burning themselves out by the end of day one. This is especially relevant if you’re in town for business; sure, you might want to make the most of your evenings by taking in a show, sampling a cocktail or experiencing all the nightlife that London has to offer. By all means, do as many of these as your budget, timeframe and energy levels allow – just don’t exhaust all three in the attempt.

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