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1. Posted by Travelgalore (Budding Member 2 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone,

Stumbled upon this travel site (which is super useful) and thought I’d ask for some ideas.

I’m heading to London for a week Mon- Friday at the end of the month. Going over with a friend but she will be in hospital so I will be solo. I’ll be doing the sight seeing tourist spots during the day but not quite sure what to do at night. I will be on a budget so nothing too expensive. I like photography so anything that I can take a good snap shot would be great. Also any fun activities I’d be down for.

Thanks in advance 😀

2. Posted by Dabs (Budding Member 7 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

London Walks has relatively inexpensive walks that go at night, Jack the Ripper, Pub Walks etc. Some of the museums have late hours and most, if not all, of those museums are free. There's a 1/2 price ticket booth in Leicester Square for theatre tickets, you might find something in your budget. Some of the theatres have day of tickets at a discount that they sell in the morning, if you find a show you are interested in you can check out the theater's website to see if they offer something like that. Or you can just have a wander around and take some photos, I travel by myself to London on occasion and in central London, I never feel unsafe at night as there are so many people about.

3. Posted by Travelgalore (Budding Member 2 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thankyou so much for all the info :)

Will definitely have to try the half price ticket booth! Didn’t know about that at all.

Cheeeers!

4. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 591 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

All the major sites & sights are floodlit...and the city itself is well-lit ....so you'll have lots of opportunity for evening photography. :-)

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 735 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

The 'Walks' are really very good, especially the ones that start at Tower Hill Station.
There's a lot of interesting history in and around 'The City of London' which is the square mile that is the business district and It's difficult learn about it any other way. The guides tend to be very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
They aren't just night walks though.

Safety-wise, the common sense do's and don'ts apply everywhere.
Don't wander down quiet backstreets alone, especially after a few drinks.
Don't wander around looking at your phone and not being aware of what's going on around you (Moped riding phone thieves earn a fortune from this!).
Keep valuables/documents in safe pockets that can't easily be dipped (pickpocketed) and be extra careful of this on public transport.

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8. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 851 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

It would be worth checking out the South Bank complex at night. Although some performances are expensive, there are often free ones going on in the foyer of the Royal Festival Hall, and some time photography exhibitions. But also, you can get some of the best night photos of London from that bank of the river. If you walk from Westminster station, crossing the river on Westminster Bridge and then going east as far as the Tate Modern building you should get lots of inspiration for photos and can check out the arts venues on your route.

To add to Andrew's very good safety tips, be careful when exiting Tube stations. The temptation is to check your phone immediately, either for messages missed underground or for map/directions, but the phone thieves know this and target those spots in particular.