Based on a Londontopia article by Samantha O’Brochta, London is reportedly one of the safest cities in the world for women travelling solo. At first you might wonder whether or not it’s really ideal to watch a musical alone, sip afternoon tea by your lonesome, or even go around central London unaccompanied. Before you pass judgment, however, open your mind to all the wonderful benefits of solo travelling (or travelling in general), and understand that it’s neither frightening nor depressing.
First off, exploring London is a relatively easy experience. You may have heard or read about the city’s infamous traffic volumes; but at the end of the day, they balance it out by providing excellent public transportation systems. A major London airport like Heathrow reflects the city in a good light and offers lone tourists almost all the convenience they can ask for.
Aside from all the splendid features inside, a UK-based review aggregator points out Heathrow’s characteristics outside. For locals and/or business travellers, the website categorizes airport parking options as standard (short and long stay), luxury (meet and greet and valet), easy (business), and alternative (hotels with parking). In addition, Parking4Less refers to the Express as the fastest way to travel from the airport to central London for commuters. It’ll only take 15 minutes for you to reach the heart of the city. This is just a simple testament as to how London can become your initial gateway toward appreciating the essence of solo travelling.
On the other side of the coin, Landscape Architects Network puts London as one of the most walkable cities in the world. The city offers a perfect backdrop brimming historical sites and convenient amenities. By simply sightseeing on foot, you’ll pleasantly get lost along scenic routes such as the London Loop, the Thames Path, and the Jubilee Walkway. Yes, it’ll be difficult to take an idyllic picture in front of Big Ben, but The Sun won’t list London as the “selfie capital of the world” for nothing. Ultimately, just by walking alone, you get a firsthand feel of all the best things the city has to offer.
All in all, like almost every little thing in life, enjoying London requires an open mind and a carefree heart. These are just simple things, a basic overview to make your time in the city worthwhile, because once you’re in the exact moment; you’ll realize solo travelling to London isn’t so bad after all.