10 Things Every Woman Should Know About London
Travelling alone or with a couple of female friends to London can be a fabulous experience. But, unfortunately criminals can target women travellers.
When you are out and about in London, there are certain things you should keep in mind while travelling.
Every woman traveller should know at least these 10 things when staying in London.
1. Affordable Women-friendly Sleeps
Stay in someone’s home. Especially for women travellers, finding a good home, with helpful hosts are the best way to explore the capital. You’ll get your own door key, so you may come and go as you please.
But, for those who fancy great London hospitality, we have both budget and luxury women accommodations in the city. Check out for more Bed and Breakfast accommodations here.
2. British Pubs and Women Travellers
People often ask – ‘Is it OK for women going alone to British pubs?’ And, the answer is always a ‘Yes’. Most British pubs in London are different from bars around the world, where only men dominate the scene. In the capital, most pubs offer high quality food and drink, especially for women.
If you are in London, then don’t miss Charles Well’s Somers Town Coffeehouse, a great bistro pub in Camden. Come here to taste some authentic French meal with classic British pub food. Women get a hearty welcome here, with a special Female Day, where they encourage women to try ale.
For more information, visit their website here - http://www.thesomerstowncoffeehouse.co.uk/
3. Vintage Shops in London
Grab a bargain and support a good cause by shopping at these charity shops in London. Over the year vintage shops have out-priced high-street shopping in London, giving way to stock your wardrobe on a budget. From Dior and Retromania to British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical, you can visit any of these shops for your thrifty purchase. Salvation Army on Princes Street offers some great fashionable clothing, accessories, and shoes, all at bargain prices. You can even try Trinity Hospice on Kensington Church Street for a collection of DKNY bags and Prada shoes.
4. Authentic Food at Reasonable Prices
Do you fancy some yummy fish and chips? Then head to The Golden Hind in Marylebone Lane. Here binge on some solid fish suppers along with fresh-tasting, crispy chips. Yummy seasoned mushy peas will add more fun to your plate. For having a traditional roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, you can visit Rules Restaurant on Maiden Lane. It serves classic British meal, including oysters, puddings, and pies. If you fancy spicy Indian food, then you cannot miss Masala Zone in London. They have 7 branches in the city, offering tasty Indian meal at affordable prices.
5. Free Museums and Galleries in London
Yes, it’s true. London has a number of free museums and galleries, where you can spend entire day exploring everything from its past to present. Sir John Soane Museum is one of the greatest of all time. It offers expert tours of its beautiful interiors. There is so much to explore inside this museum that you can easily miss some highlights without an escort. Take one of their mid-week or Saturday tours to get an insight into Soane’s collections and his life.
For more free museums and galleries in London, visit here.
6. Free Music
Forget shelling out for pricey events and arena tours, some of London’s best concerts and gigs don’t cost a penny. London is a hub for free music. There are many free music venues in the capital, where you can spend entire day and night listening to your favourite songs. Some of the best free music venues that you shouldn’t miss are – Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, St Martin’s in the Fields, and St James’s Piccadilly.
Don’t miss ‘The Royal Opera House’ either. It offers free lunchtime recitals on every Monday at 1 pm. Book online at least 9 days before the event.
7. Picnic in the Park
When in London how can you miss beautiful parks? The capital is always bustling, but there lie some serene picnic spots in the city, where you can spend entire day with your friends, family, and even alone. Plan a picnic and head for one of the most tranquil and beautiful parks like Hyde Park, Regents Park, Kensington Gardens, Holland Park, Green Park, and St James’s. Or, just try something more interesting, such as the Soho Square, with a small park and garden at its centre.
8. Browse London Markets
Let’s accept it, every girl fancies bargain. And, what’s better to bring your real side than searching out bargain shops in London. Take a stroll down Portobello and Petticoat Lane markets to buy some great bargains. A great tip for shopping - Visit Portobello Market early Saturday morning, when you can bargain all without the crowds!
Open on Sundays between 8 am and 2 pm, Petticoat Lane Market is ideal for buying vintage jackets and ladies clothes. Again the earlier you get there, the better.
Major hotels in London charge a little over £35 for a British afternoon tea. But, you can try this British delight for less than £20 at some these places:
- The National Portrait Gallery – Get great views over London and Lord Nelson’s backside from this gallery. It offers delectable afternoon tea starting from just £19.95 each.
- R. S. Hispaniola – Enjoy an afternoon tea on the Thames in London at R. S. Hispaniola. A traditional afternoon tea here costs £18 per person, while a Champagne afternoon tea is available for £25 per person.
- Bea’s of Bloomsbury, St Paul’s – It’s a quirky café besides St Paul’s Cathedral, offering the British delight for just £19, and if you include a glass of Moët and Chandon Champagne, then pay £26.50. They also offer some yummy brownies, marshmallows, and baguettes with your tea.
10. Are You Tired of Sightseeing?
Full day sightseeing makes your feet tired. So, pamper your feet and body with some pedicures, manicures, massages, and facials. Cucumba, Casablanca Spa, and Zen Nails and Beauty are some of the best spots to relax in London. Get some body massage or nail treatment at these places. If you can spare sometime, then take a long hour-long pedicure, starting from just £20. Lip file and polish, lip or chin wax, nail colour change, upper lip threading – you ask for any of them and you get all here.
London is great for women. Whether you are travelling alone or with your friends, make sure, you visit all these places. It’s fun to be a woman and it’s more fun to explore London as a woman. In case of emergency, don’t forget to call 999.
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