Reflections, United Kingdom

Why I enjoy being alone in London


Location: London, United Kingdom

Getting in a bus to London is my favorite way to breakaway from sameness of the small town I live in. After weeks on the same routine I usually find myself craving for some injection of life and inspiration that only the big city can provide.

Most the these ‘Alone in London’ days have a similar schedule:

Arriving at the Victoria Station around 9am.

Doing my makeup on the Station’s toilets.

Buying a smoothie, fresh fruit and doughnuts from Sainsbury’s and having it all as breakfast.

Deciding where to go and taking the Underground to my destination of choice.

I usually have to shoot content but with or without work lined up, I always make sure to set some free hours to explore dear London which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world after all. I originate from a small, poor African country so trust me when I say that gratitude is in full bloom whenever I’m strolling around L-town.  Ninety nine percent of the time I’m strolling alone and although it may feel lonely sometimes, I’ve grown to quite like it. I believe I experience the city in a completely different way that I would if I had company, so I cherish these ‘lonely explorer‘ moments a lot and here are a few reasons why:


Being alone allows me to pay more attention to my surroundings and therefore capture interesting pictures.

Being alone allows me to go back and forth, stop and stare at my own pace. 

Being alone allows me to change my jurisdiction at any given time if I feel like so.

Being alone makes me more approachable for other tourists to ask me to take a picture of them.

Being alone allows me to take my damn time observing the architecture that captures my eye.

Being alone forces me to ask directions from strangers when I get lost.

Being alone allows me to not stop for food if I’m not hungry.

Being alone allows me to change my mind about my ‘tourist’ plans without the guilt of disappointing someone else.

Being alone allows me to learn about the place through my own, lonely experience.

Being alone allows me to walk aimlessly and discover the beauty of hidden streets, buildings and coffee shops.

Being gives me utmost freedom because the options are wide open.

westminster station


trafalgar square fountain

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What about you? Do you enjoy exploring a big city alone or would you always rather have company?

Let me know on the comments!
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Yara Mel

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  • Reply Marianne Sophia

    This sounds like such a great idea! I use to live in London, but never really took advantage of just exploring on my own. Sounds like a perfect day.

    Much love,
    Marianne x

    October 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      It’s awesome indeed! Thanks Marianne 🙂

      October 7, 2017 at 11:39 pm
  • Reply Mode Femme Blog

    I loved this post! I hope one day travel to London and meet this places <3

    September 21, 2017 at 7:56 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      You will and you’ll love it! x

      September 21, 2017 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply Sweet Poppy

    Amazing photos!

    September 17, 2017 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Eleftherios

    Amazing photos and edit, London is such a beautiful city to explore!


    September 8, 2017 at 2:31 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed 😀

      September 8, 2017 at 10:39 pm
  • Reply Molly

    Love your photos!

    Molly X

    September 7, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks Molly!

      September 8, 2017 at 4:23 am
  • Reply Amy-Anne

    These points are so true, and oh my those photographs are gorgeous! This almost makes me miss the city haha.

    Little Moon Elephant

    September 4, 2017 at 9:16 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Aww taht’s so sweet! Thanks Amy !!

      September 5, 2017 at 8:21 am
  • Reply Tina

    Oh yes so true – I like to do the same here in Berlin 🙂 Great shots of London dear – and btw you look so fabulous in that blush pink dress ♥


    September 4, 2017 at 10:22 am
  • Reply thelittleclondie

    love your hairstyle !..kissess

    September 3, 2017 at 2:10 am
  • Reply Carmen

    Oh I could just fall in love with London every time! I am sure you had a great stay and I love your happy pics here <3
    xx, Carmen –

    September 2, 2017 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply Gabrielle

    This was such a great post, I also really enjoy wandering around cities on my own occasionally for a ‘break’, it can be so refreshing, right?! You look really gorgeous by the way and I love the creative layout of this post!

    September 2, 2017 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Kara Aragon

    Gorgeous photos & great post. I too love being alone for various reasons. It’s something I appreciate more & more the older I get.

    Kara Aragon

    September 1, 2017 at 1:27 am
  • Reply Dominique

    Love this post hun. I enjoy spending time alone in the city too and really getting to explore it xx

    August 31, 2017 at 8:15 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    London is such an amazing city, so I wouldn’t mind spending some time alone exploring it!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    August 31, 2017 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply a trendy life

    Such a beautiful pics!

    August 31, 2017 at 7:33 am
  • Reply Jessica

    I wouldnt mind being alone in that beautiful city as well. Looking lovely out there babe, cute off-shoulder dress.

    Jessica |

    August 31, 2017 at 6:10 am
  • Reply Carrie

    Amazing pics my dear. Love your Post

    August 31, 2017 at 4:39 am
  • Reply Lilah

    Amazing photos! Love checking out your blog, thanks for the share!

    August 30, 2017 at 10:14 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      You’re welcome dear!

      August 30, 2017 at 11:16 pm
  • Reply Patricia

    Cool pics! I love London so much!

    August 30, 2017 at 7:21 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Me too! Thanks! x

      August 30, 2017 at 11:16 pm
  • Reply Vanessa

    There’s something so tranquil experiencing a city on your own! Gorge pics too!
    Happy Wednesday, babe!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    August 30, 2017 at 6:53 pm
  • Reply Olivia La chica de la maleta

    Hey! London is one of my favorites places to travel alone, with its shops, gardens and pubs. Enjoy it. Xoxo

    August 30, 2017 at 11:47 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Nice to know, Olivia! xx

      August 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Gemma

    Such gorgeous photos hun! Gemma x

    August 30, 2017 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Cherifa

    London is just gorgeous 🙂 absolutely in love with this city

    Love, curls

    August 30, 2017 at 10:16 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Indeed Cherifa. Thanks <3

      August 30, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Carolyn

    there’s something about traveling on your own! you really get to know yourself and that’s so necessary 🙂

    August 30, 2017 at 3:56 am
  • Reply Cindy Elena @iamcindyelena

    I love being alone, I’d def check out cities by myself.
    Loved the photography, babe!

    xo | Cindy Elena

    August 29, 2017 at 9:33 pm
  • Reply Kris

    I LOVE London! All your pics look incredible! I love spending time on my own too!

    Have an amazing day!
    xx Kris

    August 29, 2017 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Mica

    It sounds like a lovely way to spend a day! As a mum I appreciate how precious time alone can be, haha! It’s good to take time to yourself to just do what you want for a change 🙂

    Hope you are having a lovely start to the week 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    August 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      I can imagine!! Ohh I am Mica, thanks, you too !

      August 29, 2017 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Nina

    In many ways, it’s easier to explore big cities alone. Great photos.

    Nina’s Style Blog

    August 29, 2017 at 1:54 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Have to agree! Thanks Nina !x

      August 29, 2017 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Theoteom Michael

    You are so attractive! at London or whatever you want!
    All cities likes you! keep in touch! You are my next favorite blogger!
    I will follow you now Yara!

    Teo kisses from Athens! ⭐️🥂👌🏻

    August 28, 2017 at 9:31 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks a lot Teo! xx

      August 29, 2017 at 1:10 am
  • Reply keri

    You are so lovely <3 I actually love exploring cities by myself. Something so relaxing and peaceful about it. London would be amazing to explore!

    Enclothed Cognition

    August 28, 2017 at 7:47 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Yes it would. Ahh I’m glad I’m not the only one! Thanks Keri x

      August 29, 2017 at 1:12 am
  • Reply Nina

    Love your pictures ! Thanks for sharing !
    Have a great start to your week !

    August 28, 2017 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply Yvonne

    I really love London! These photos are very beautiful and thanks for sharing. Love your hair colour!
    xo Yvonne

    August 28, 2017 at 6:48 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks a lot Yvonne! x

      August 28, 2017 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply Andreea

    I totally get you since I also love spending time on my own in London. Wishing you a great week ahead! x


    August 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    Ahhh sometimes solitary outings are so lovely! Your dress is so beautiful, I wish I had more time to explore London as I live in the Lake District haha 😀 I live in the countryside so visiting the city is always so exciting!! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

    August 28, 2017 at 9:26 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      I feel you Liz. With a bit of planning you can do it ! 😀 xx

      August 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Olivia Poncelet

    It makes me wanna go back!!! Love your pics 😉
    Have a good week 🙂
    Olivia <3

    August 28, 2017 at 9:22 am
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