Solo travel in London this December! Advice needed!

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1. Posted by natpha (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi all!

I will be in London this holiday season! Any tips/advice is appreciated for solo traveller in London.

Interesting and delicious restaurants I need to check out and places to visit this December! How/where can I meet other solo travellers?

Thanks in advance :)

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

London's quite a big place and a very expensive place.
Where are you from?
Have you visited the UK previously?
Roughly where will you be based?
You should have a good look at the TFL (Transport for London) web-site as it's by far the best way to travel around.
It will be very cold and probably raining!
The obvious places to visit are Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Parliament square, Buckingham Palace. There are usually some good exhibitions on at places like the V&A (Was the Victoria and Albert Museum) and places like the National Portrait Gallery and Natural History Museum are exceptionally good if that is something that interests you.
There's just so much to see and do there but most of it is eye-wateringly expensive.
What are your interests?

3. Posted by puppa17 (Budding Member 66 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

London is huge and there are plenty things to do. Food and drinks...dunno where to start as there is an infinity of places and they open new things every day! Brixton market is great for caribbean food and some asian. There is agrea Thai restaurant in Soho but i don't remember where exactly. also a fantastic juice bar right around the corner!

About what to see definitelly british museum and national gallery and also TATE modern! one recommandation is Walk as much as you can! cuz there is a lot to see!

4. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1377 posts) 3y 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

You should have a good look at the TFL (Transport for London) web-site as it's by far the best way to travel around.

Yes do - you will see for instance that there is no public transport on Christmas Day, and free transport after a certain time on New Year's Eve (to discourage drunk driving)

Quoting Andrew Mack

It will be very cold and probably raining!

Not necessarily - we often have cold crisp Christmasses, with frost, or damp mild ones, but rarely both cold and wet - and if it is both of those things it will be snowing rather than raining!

Quoting Andrew Mack

The obvious places to visit are Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Parliament square, Buckingham Palace. There are usually some good exhibitions on at places like the V&A (Was the Victoria and Albert Museum) and places like the National Portrait Gallery and Natural History Museum are exceptionally good if that is something that interests you.
There's just so much to see and do there but most of it is eye-wateringly expensive.

V&A is simply short for Victoria and Albert, it hasn't changed its name ;) And it's not correct to say 'most of it is eye-wateringly expensive' - all the main museums and galleries are free to enter, and of course viewing places like Parliament Square and Buckingham Palace (you can't go inside at this time of year) is free too. The Tower of London however is expensive, as are some of the other tourist sights. Google the ones you are most interested in to check prices and also Christmas opening times, which will be restricted.

Meeting locals may be harder at this time of year as many will be spending time with family, but you could try striking up a conversation in a pub, preferably one well away from tourist haunts (otherwise the person next to you will almost certainly be a visitor too!) Maybe go to a football match or other sporting event? There should be football matches on the 23rd and 26th, and local fans will be there for sure. Also, lots of locals will be out enjoying the parks on Boxing Day, the 26th, if the weather is bright - the perfect way to work off the Christmas lunch excesses!

Try websites such as Time Out (https://www.timeout.com/london) and the Londonist (https://londonist.com/) to find out what's on - many Londoners use these, especially the latter, to check out special events, art exhibitions etc

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Dec-2017, at 12:00 by ToonSarah ]

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToonSarah

Quoting Andrew Mack

It will be very cold and probably raining!

Not necessarily - we often have cold crisp Christmasses, with frost, or damp mild ones, but rarely both cold and wet - and if it is both of those things it will be snowing rather than raining!

Quoting Andrew Mack

There's just so much to see and do there but most of it is eye-wateringly expensive.

it's not correct to say 'most of it is eye-wateringly expensive' - all the main museums and galleries are free to enter, and of course viewing places like Parliament Square and Buckingham Palace (you can't go inside at this time of year) is free too.

Having lived in London for over 50 years I can assure you we've had plenty of cold, wet and miserable Christmases.
Although it's also true that we've had plenty of reasonable ones as well, but I think the OP should plan for the worse.

As for the cost of London, I did say 'most' and stand by that. Yes there are a reasonable amount of Museums that are free and there's plenty of places which are worth seeing 'externally' which is free, but there's loads which are stupidly expensive to enter, whilst travel (even on an Oyster card) by public transport is ridiculously expensive, along with accommodation and food at anywhere more than a fast food place.

I did wonder about the V&A but they seem to have dropped their full name on their PR stuff, so I assumed they'd done what some PR guru had no doubt suggested and re-branded to try to become trendy... I guess not.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Dec-2017, at 07:21 by Andrew Mack ]