Even though London is one of the safest cities in the world for women travelers, there are certain precautions which you should keep in mind as a female traveler to the city.
Here are some of the measures I think you should adopt while you are in London as a woman traveler:
Female Safety in London Accommodations:
If you will be traveling alone to London, book accommodations in central London. This will keep you close to most of the major tourist destinations resulting in minimum travel.
One of my female friends recently visited London alone and booked herself a hotel in central London and was quite pleased with the services. You can book from such hotel websites so that you remain as close to the tourist attractions in the city as possible.
Reaching the Hotel:
As much as possible, reach your hotel during daytime as even Central London might seem deserted in night at times. Once you’ve checked in, don’t let others know you are alone. If the hotel has vacant rooms available near elevators, ask for those rooms, as staircases are not as safe as elevators.
While in the hotel, behave confidently so others won’t have even the slightest hint you are alone. While on London trip last time, I kept a confident disposition all through my trip and it really helped me a lot. So, you can try this too and see if this works for you.
Traveling In and Around the City:
If you are using public transportation, especially riding through the Tube or on buses, keep a route map and timetable with you. If you are waiting for a bus at night, make sure the area is crowded and well-lit. Otherwise, book a minicab or hail a black cab.
While traveling via public transport, keep your wallet, mobile phone, and purse out of sight. If you are feeling unsafe while on a bus, look for a seat near the driver.
When boarding a black taxi, make sure that the taxi is a licensed one. Some of the recent assault cases on women in London took place in unlicensed black cabs. Therefore, keep your wits about you and check the status of the driver.
When booking a minicab through a minicab office, check whether female-run cabs are available or not. There are a number of mini cabs run by female drivers in the city. If they are available, ask for those cabs.
Minicabs are not allowed to accept a passenger off the street; only black cabs are allowed to do so. Therefore, if a private minicab is insisting on giving you a discounted ride, do not board that cab.
Safety for Women While Visiting London Attractions:
While you are visiting famous London attractions like Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and so on, keep your valuables in your waist pocket. Snuggling them in the backpack makes the work of pickpockets fairly easy.
If you are on a walking tour or exploring the city alone, do not feel tempted to take shortcuts. Never accept a lift from a stranger while you are going in and around the city with your backpack.
Lastly, the golden rule which I always recommend as a female traveler – never look deserted and out of tune. Often, these act as a catalyst in gaining unwanted attention from others. The more confidence you exude, the better your traveling experience will be.
It is not like you cannot enjoy your time in London while you are alone. All you need is some planning and a little prudence from your part.
Author’s Bio: An experienced traveler, Trisha has visited number of places in the world. She loves sharing her experiences with others through her travel blogs.