London and Paris have been named Europe’s most popular cities for solo travellers looking for a like-minded travel companion, beating competition from other top destinations such as Rome and Barcelona. The figures released by travel dating app tourbar.com positions London just behind Paris, after it attracted 347 TourBar members between January and March.
TourBar is a social media network and mobile app that aims to match solo travellers with a travel companion, and based on their new figures other favourite European cities such as Prague, Amsterdam, Rome and Barcelona all lag behind London and Paris’ offering. Check out some more stats that Tourbar has shared with us here at House of Coco…
|European City||Number of TourBar Members Seeking a Companion(January – March 2015)|
London narrowly missed out on the top spot, which was taken by Paris, but with its rich history, stunning architecture and cosmopolitan buzz, London makes the perfect city break for travellers looking to meet a fellow solo companion to join them on a trip. Whether new partners are culture vultures, foodies or history buffs, the UK’s capital city offers something for everyone, ensuring first date conversation will never run dry.
Figures also released by TourBar suggest the most popular reason for its members to travel to London is for a weekend break (23%). Following that, sightseeing and taking a bus tour was the second most popular reason to visit the city (21%)*1. This was followed by 15% of users looking to visit London for its vast shopping offering, with business trips following closely behind, counting for 9% of thoseTourBar members heading to London alone. TourBar has rounded up a selection of top activities to try out for those making a trip to London alone to meet a new partner.
Marvel at London from Above With a Visit to The Shard
Those with a head for heights should visit London’s newest major attraction The Shard. Based next to London Bridge tube station, The Shard offers 360-degree views of London from its position 240 metres above street level. The Shard also boasts London’s highest bars and viewing platforms on the 68th, 69th and 72nd floors. At almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the capital, newly-paired companions can enjoy a drink and admire the view of the UK’s capital from above. For more information, visit The Shard.
Browse Delicious Delicacies at Borough Market
If you and your new travel partner are foodies, then pay a visit to Borough Market, London’s most renowned food market and source of exceptional British and international produce. It is a haven for anybody who cares about the quality and provenance of the food they eat. Couples can spend hours marvelling at the fresh produce on offer, sampling locally-sourced nibbles and international culinary delights. The full market is open from Wednesday to Saturday, with a lunch time market also open on Monday and Tuesday. For more information, visit Borough Market. (Closest tube: London Bridge)
Wander Through Columbia Road Flower Market
Despite being one of the worlds’ leading metropolitan cities, London also offers green-fingered locals the chance to wander down Columbia Road each Sunday morning, taking in some of natures finest plants and flowers. From 8am until 3pm come rain or shine, traders line the streets of pretty Columbia Road in Tower Hamlets as thousands of visitors flock to the narrow road looking for flora to decorate their flower boxes and balconies or fill their garden and allotments. Leave it until later in the day and visitors can pick up great bargains as traders sell off their stock at discounted rates. For more information, visit Colombia Road Flower Market.
Discover UK History With a Visit to Greenwich
History buffs looking for a slice of the UK’s history and founding, should take the Jubilee line or DLR to Greenwich, East London. The Royal Observatory, home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian line, is one of the most important historic scientific sites in the world. It was founded by Charles II in 1675 and is the official starting point for each new day, year and millennium. The Observatory is now part of the National Maritime Museum and is one of the most famous features of Maritime Greenwich, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Visitors to the Observatory can stand in both the eastern and western hemispheres at the same time by placing their feet either side of the Prime Meridian – the centre of world time. For more information, visit Visit Greenwich.
Follow in the Footsteps of Stars with a Chelsea Stadium Tour
Sporting fans visiting London should make sure they put Stamford Bridge on their must-visit list. As the home to Chelsea Football Club, visitors can tour the stadium and walk down the tunnel like some of the world’s leading players. The fully guided one hour tour takes visitors behind the scenes at one of the world’s greatest football clubs, giving access to areas normally reserved for players and officials. The tour gives access to various stands, the Press Room, Home & Away dressing rooms, the tunnel and dug out areas. All tours include entry to the Museum, giving visitors the chance to see how Chelsea has evolved on and off the pitch to become one of the greatest football clubs in the world. For more information, visit Chelsea FC. (Closest tube: Fulham Broadway)