London for the Solo Traveller – Your Expert’s Guide to Making the Most of Your Visit

solo travellerDid you know that the Amsterdam Hotel in Earls Court doesn’t just cater for families and groups? In fact, nothing delights us more than welcoming in the intrepid solo traveller and playing a small but important in their once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Whether they’re backpacking across Europe and visiting England’s capital to explore world famous attractions like Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, and Big Ben, attending one of the scores of leading industry conventions at the nearby London Olympia, or even in town to catch some of the biggest names in music and entertainment at the 02 Arena, our solo guests have got more than their own fair share of expert tips on how to make the most of your stay if you’re visiting London on your own.

So, over the past few weeks, we’ve been asking them to give us their favourite bits of advice about solo travelling in London.

Why? Because we know that as exciting as it can be to visit the capital with only yourself to please, there are times when it can be a little daunting.

Here then, are the best pieces of expert advice we’ve received on how to truly experience the best that London has to offer as a solo traveller.

Order Your Oyster Card in Advance for Cheap, Convenient Travel

Oyster Card

London is such a vast and densely-populated space that the best way to get around is via the famous London Underground, an interconnected network of below-ground trains running across the city throughout the day and night.

The longer your stay, the more you’ll find yourself using the tube, the more you going to spend on tube travel.

Save yourself some money (and some seriously long queues at the tube station) by ordering an Oyster Card in advance.

Offering the quickest, most convenient way to travel around London, Oyster Cards can be ordered online and delivered to you by post. For extra convenience, you could even arrange to have your Oyster Card delivered to our hotel in Earls Court so that it’s waiting for you when you arrive.

Guided Tours Offer a Great Way to Meet New People

Visiting London as a solo traveller is a great way to see the sights without having to worry about anybody else’s tastes or schedules. That said, there are times when a bit of company would be welcome.

Signing up for one of the scores of guided tours in London is a great way to explore the capital in the company of other like-minded travellers.

Whilst the open top bus tours remain popular, consider one of the many walking tours or a guided museum tour offer a more intimate setting for meeting new people.

It’s Possible to Experience the Best London Has to Offer Without Paying a Penny

LondonSpeaking of museums, did you know that some of the most famous museums in London (and ultimately the world) are free to enter?

Based on Cromwell Road, just five minutes away from our hotel On Earls Court Road, the world-renowned Natural History Museum is free to enter and explore, with a small fee for some temporary exhibitions.

Across the way, the London Science Museum is also free, as are the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, the famous Tate Modern and more.

All in all, this can prove to be a great way to get up close and personal with London’s rich and fascinating history, art, and culture without spending a fortune.

Smaller Restaurants are Perfect for Eating Alone

If there’s one thing that most first-time solo travellers worry about more than anything else, it’s meal times. To be more specific, it’s the thought of eating alone in a crowded restaurant, bar or cafe that really gets the heart beating a little faster.

For the self-conscious solo diner, guests at the Amsterdam Hotel recommend avoiding the bigger eateries and opting for smaller, independent venues, where more often than not you’ll find at least one or two other single diners in exactly the same situation as you.

Stay Outside the City Centre For Premium Quality London Hotel Accommodation at Affordable Prices

Amsterdam Hotel London Single RoomBooking a hotel in the centre of London can have its benefits, especially as it puts you right in the heart of the action, but it also means paying a higher price for a room in a busy hotel in an overcrowded location.

Let’s face it, that’s hardly conducive to those times when you simply want to relax and unwind after a long day spent seeing the sights.

Book a hotel just outside the heart of the capital, however, and you’ll enjoy all the premium quality of a London city centre hotel plus all the peace and quiet you deserve, at much more affordable prices.

The best part? You’re still only five minutes away from London’s world-famous landmarks and attractions via the tube – just be sure to have that Oyster Card ready!

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Planning a once-in-a-lifetime solo trip to London this year? Experience the best the capital has to offer with premium quality accommodation at affordable prices with the Amsterdam Hotel, Earls Court. Book your stay online today or call now on 020 7370 5084.