London on my own help!!!!!!
Replies: 37 - Last Post: Nov 16, 2012 10:59 AM Last Post By: jomcarroll
Oct 3, 2012 4:47 AM
15I travel on my own all the time - you'll be fine. Have a book with you if you want something to do while you're eating. You'll find London really easy - enjoy! (One thought, it might be half term, which means the trains etc may be fuller of children and young people during the day - you might want to give a miss to any obvious child-orientated places.)
Oct 3, 2012 4:52 AM
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Oct 3, 2012 5:47 AM
19Another woman who often travels solo in London, having studied in the city on 2 separate occasions (3 years in late 1980s around Euston station area and 1 year in late 1990s, South Kensington area). Since then, I didn't spend a night in London until this summer, when I was an Olympic & Paralympic volunteer, which meant working shifts 1530 to 0100, then travelling from Olympic Park to friends' home in north London - never felt unsafe, even on 1 mile walk from tube station at 0200, after buses had stopped running, although I was grateful for uniform trainers, which meant I could have run if needed.
If you haven't been to London for a while, you might enjoy the DLR - very clean, efficient, covered by Oyster cards etc, although probably not worth using unless there's somewhere you want to visit in east London.
Oct 3, 2012 8:47 AM
A great cheap hotel is Easy Hotel, here is a link http://www.easyhotel.com/ but airbnb.com is also great, its also helpful as you can stay with people that will probably give you good recommendations as to where to go.
Also i wouldn't worry about being out and about on your own in London!
Anywhere in Soho and Covent Garden is always quite busy and bustling, so people wont be taking to much notice of what your doing.
There is also always a great choice of expensive and cheap restaurants.
The great thing about London is that you are anonymous, and people are too busy to notice what your wearing/who your with etc....
Southbank is always a great place to hang out, they always have some sort of market (food market is great!!! Friday Sat and Sun), or live music going on, always a great vibe and lots of restaurant choices!
Its a great city!
Hope you have a good time
Oct 3, 2012 9:10 AM
21KoalasRule i was supposed to go the week of the 25 but changed plans cos of work! Figures right?? I bet we'll both have great trips!
I always bring a book when I travel. Not old fashioned at all! Or the old folks rubbed off on me :) hahahaha
Thank you all! I am super excited to explore the city! You guys have given me a great many good tips which I plan on using.
Oct 3, 2012 1:54 PM
22I second airbnb and here is an example of one room I found i Bloomsbury not too cheap but still worth looking into:
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Oct 5, 2012 9:08 AM
26Well, if you like architecture you love the variety in London. The newest , The Shard is now open for tours.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-2206312/Is-The-Shard-icon-ego-trip-WHY-WE-BUILD-BY-ROWAN-MOORE.html Then walk over to the Tower Bridge Exhibition. Cross the bridge and visit the Tower of London. From there a short walk to Leadenhall covered market. From there over to see the Gherkin at 30 st. Mary Axe street. http://london.allinfo-about.com/features/gherkin.html Now it's time for a pint so let's do it up proper. Take the central line from the Liverpool Street Tube Station to the St Paul's station, exit and saunter past St. Paul's (another architectural gem) and over to The Blackfriar on Queen Victoria Street. http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/theblackfriarblackfriarslondon/ A day like this would satisfy anyone's architectural appreciation. Don't know how much you want to spend on the afternoon tea (and you can't go to London and not have afternoon tea) so I offer two uniquely different options, Beas of Bloomsbury or experience it at the Gore Hotel. Lastly, be sure to see theatre one night. Get a ticket at the half price booth in the morning and go that evening. London theatre is GREAT fun. Have a stellar trip.
Oct 5, 2012 10:37 AM
27LOL I think you've just mapped out my Monday!!! This all sounds wonderful!! I will be having afternoon tea for sure!! That's one of the things I miss the most!! There's only one place near me with a somewhat proper tea room :(
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I cannot wait to be home!!!!!!!! You guys are making me excited to be going back! Thank you.
Oct 11, 2012 3:07 AM
28Just got back from London and have sent you a PM LadyMacDonald (top right hand corner of this page, small envelope, in case you are not familiar with pms).
Someone here mentioned Wilton's music hall; it was great to see it, there was nothing playing when we were there but just seeing the place and checking out the bar was very atmospheric.
Both Wallace Collection and Soanes Museum are well worth a visit (and both free)
A good place for lunch on Oxford Street is Noodle Oodle, tasty and inexpensive. Interestingly,though, when the lady next to me asked for some tap water she was informed by the manageress that that wasn't possible to provide because they didn't have a license for it!!??
Oh yes, and we were in the Tate Modern visiting the Munch exhibition an hour before this vandalism occured. Ashamed to say by a Pole:
Oct 11, 2012 5:24 AM
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